The Kansas City Museum creates programs and experiences that complement and deepen the content in exhibits and installations throughout Corinthian Hall.

Programs and experiences include:

  • concerts and performances
  • films
  • lectures, workshops, and special gallery talks with curators and historians
  • book readings and signings
  • culinary experiences like cooking classes, cooking demonstrations, and chef dinners
  • celebrations and traditions like Día de los Muertos, The Fairy Princess, and The Derby Party
  • virtual programs
  • private tours
  • school field trips

Some programs and experiences are free and others are ticketed. All proceeds directly support a robust and inclusive offering of public and education programs.

Programs in 2022 are sponsored in part by the generous support of Every and Mark One Electric through the museum’s Corporate Unity Partners corporate giving initiative.

Opening Thursday, January 20 – Sunday, March 30
“Into The Light” An Art Exhibit Honoring Victims of Human Trafficking
Meeting & Education Room – Second Floor
Free exhibit

Glass artist and architect Hasna Sal says her life’s work is telling stories about survivors and empowerment. This exhibit features illuminated glass works advocating for victims of human trafficking, and other stories.

“Into The Light” An Art Exhibit Honoring Victims of Human Trafficking opens in January, which National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and runs through March, which is Women’s History Month. This exhibit is on view when the Kansas City Museum is open to the public (Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Fridays and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sundays Noon to 5:00 p.m.). To experience the full beauty and power of these works, consider viewing on a Thursday evening or close to the end of the day.

To confront a growing crisis of human trafficking in Kansas City and Missouri, Hasna created the permanent art installation “Into The Light” A Memorial for Victims of Human Trafficking in Lykins Square Park in the Historic Northeast. This installation is the first in a series of interventions to shine light on the perpetrators, violence, injustice, and trauma of human trafficking; to reveal a largely unacknowledged crime in our city; and to illuminate the healing, hope, and redemption of the survivors. Hasna is working on a second permanent art installation in Independence Plaza Park in the Historic Northeast.

Chick here for two Restore KC programs about Hasna’s work and human trafficking on December 15, 2020 and January 28, 2021.

Sunday, January 30
Curator Conversations
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Check in at 1:45 p.m.
First Floor of Corinthian Hall
Free. Space is limited. Masks are required.
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Curator of Collections Lisa Shockley provides a guided gallery talk about the themes and historical objects selected for the first floor Corinthian Hall including materials from the Long Family Collections.

Led by Curator of Collections Lisa Shockley, Curator Conversations is a series of programs that explores the objects currently on display and delves into themes, topics, and conservation practices. These programs are intended to enhance the museum visit. Advanced reservations are not required but space is limited.

Please check in at the admissions desk in the R.A. Long Foundation Grand Hall at 1:45 p.m.

Steinway & Sons Pianola, made custom-to-order in 1910 for R. A. Long. A pianola is a piano that has been fitted with a player piano mechanism.

Saturday, February 5
Nuestro Legado (Our Legacy)
10:30 a.m. to Noon. Check in at 10:15 a.m.
JE Dunn Construction Theater – Third Floor
Free. Space is limited. Masks are required.
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Historian-in-Residence Dr. Gene T. Chávez presents the history of Latinos on the Santa Fe Trail and how they created a two-way international trade route and catalyst for cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico. Thomas E. Chavez, Ph.D. renowned New Mexico historian and author will present (via video recording) the Hispano perspective on the Santa Fe Trail.  

Led by Historian-in-Residence Dr. Gene T. Chávez, Nuestro Legado is a series of programs that examines historical events and personal stories that are part of or related to current exhibits. These programs are intended to enhance the museum visit. Advanced reservations are not required but space is limited.

Please check in at the admissions desk in the R.A. Long Foundation Grand Hall at 10:15 a.m.

Map of the Santa Fe Trail. Courtesy of the National Park Service.

Saturday, February 12
With Love from Chef Shanita McAfee-Bryant
2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Check in at 1:45 p.m.
$35 per person 
Café at 3218 – First Floor
Space is very limited, tickets required
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In this intimate culinary demonstration with Chef Shanita, learn step-by-step how to make truffles just in time for Valentine’s Day! Each person will have the opportunity to make a small truffle gift box to take home. A few snacks and beverages will also be provided.

The Kansas City Museum is proud to offer its first culinary program in Café at 3218 with Chef Shanita McAfee-Bryant. Café at 3218 brings people together to enjoy a seasonal menu (coming in summer 2022) and participate in culinary programs including cooking demonstrations and classes. Café at 3218 encourages everyone to have a seat at the table, celebrating community and sharing the recipes, stories, and histories that nourish us.

The Prospect KC is a ground-breaking non-profit created by Chef Shanita McAfee-Bryant as an answer to the statistics on minority unemployment and lack of access too healthy foods. The Prospect KC provides job training for underserved men and women by developing innovative programming and partnerships designed to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables throughout Kansas City’s urban core. They believe that we can create opportunities for growth while also addressing systemic problems like food insecurity, unemployment, housing instability, and other challenges facing communities of color today. The Prospect KC will empower individuals and communities through food-based solutions because they believe that no one should go hungry or be denied the opportunity for self-determination because of hunger.

For more information, please contact Paul Gutiérrez, Director of Visitor Experience & Public Programming, at pgutierrez@kansascitymuseum.org or 816.702.7705.

Chef Shanita McAfee-Bryant