PART 2: Shining the Light on Human Trafficking in Our City
Thursday, January 28
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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Human trafficking is a human rights violation, and it is the second largest and fastest growing crime in the world. It dehumanizes and enslaves women, children, and men caught in the vicious cycle of discrimination, poverty, and addiction. More than 100,000 children are trafficked every year in the United States, and Missouri ranks seventh in nation with the highest rates of human trafficking.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, as decreed by presidential proclamation, and February 1, 2021 is National Freedom Day.

This program is a conversation with artist Hasna Sal and three survivors: Robyn Potter, Lucy Bloom, and Kristen Powell. Join us to listen to their remarkable stories of poverty, abuse, addiction, and trafficking. Each story is different but connected through vulnerability and coercion.

This program will be free, virtual, and live on the museum’s main Facebook page.

For more information about upcoming Restore KC programs, please contact Director of Programs & Events Paul Gutiérrez at or 816.513.0726.

Borded Carnosos | Border Carnage MoLCA Exhibition
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Housed in a 40’ shipping container, “Borded Carnosos | Border Carnage MoLCA” documents the immigrant experience, focusing on how Latinx peoples secure and maintain their cultural identities in a hostile environment rooted in systemic racism and segregation.  The exhibit includes two types of work:  the first is a selection of photographs, audio, and video from Israel’s body of work over the last 20 years; and the second is a curated assemblage of ephemeral objects left along the United States/Mexico border by migrants.  Israel retrieved these objects during a 2000-mile border fence research and development journey in fall 2018.  “Borded Carnosos | Border Carnage” is supported by the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. 

The mobile exhibit has been designed to travel to several parks throughout Kansas City, Missouri, allowing Israel the opportunity to share the histories of Kansas City’s Latinx neighborhoods—which have inevitable, painful ties to the borderlands of today—and to document the daily struggle of fighting against gentrification and maintaining culture heritage.  Virtual public programming will be developed in collaboration with the Kansas City Museum with partial funding from the Trust for Public Land through a creative placemaking grant awarded to the Kansas City Museum Foundation. 

Israel Alejandro Garcia Garcia is an artist, curator, and visual storyteller. His work is layered with personal experiences and unanswered questions that attempt to understand the process as a reflection of self.  His studio practice is a manifestation of internal emotion, stored memories, pertinent socio-political issues, and raw passion for creation.  His body of work narrates his autobiography through visual translation, telling the stories of his ancestors, elders, peers, and community.

Support for this work is provided by:

Garcia Squared Contemporary, MoLCA (Movimiento Latinx Contemporaneo de las Artes), the Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and ArtsKC.

Funding was also provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mary C. Maker Family Fund, the Mike + Carol Pittman Family Fund, and the Kansas City Museum Foundation.

POMP AND CEREMONY: Inaugurations, First Families and Beyond 
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The fashion of politics is about making a statement—protesting or campaigning for a leader or a cause. We can identify ourselves with a position by what we wear. There are also fashion statements in what we wear to major political events in our history—being appropriately dressed has never mattered as much as it does at political gatherings.

Pomp and Ceremony: Inaugurations, First Families and Beyond looks at what we wore to those political events: the inaugurations, balls, parties, and campaign rallies. Everyone has a garment they have kept because of its relationship to a political event or belief. For many years, the Museum’s auxiliary The Women’s Division was intent on collecting the best pieces of fashion worn to “big” events, paying particular attention to ceremonial wear. Some of the items acquired by the Women’s Division have belonged to a few 20th Century First Ladies.

If there’s one political souvenir kept from presidential elections it’s the campaign button, a candidate’s or party’s best advertising piece. So, in addition to clothing worn, the exhibit also highlights a selection of political ephemera related to presidential campaigns as far back as William Henry Harrison. Buttons, badges, pins and medals are all included.

We have a shared heritage of campaigns and voting—no matter the cause or political figure it is an experience we all participate in.  What we wore, what we saved from that experience is the stuff of history.

Previous Virtual and Outdoor, Safe Distanced Concert Series

Friday, June 19 with Jessica Paige
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Friday, July 10 with Kadesh Flow
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Friday, August 14 with Members of the Kansas City Symphony
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Friday, September 18 with Mariachi Estrella KC
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Friday, October 9 with Mike Dillon and special guest Go Go Ray on drums
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Saturday, December 5 with The Julia Haile Duo
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