Tue August 13, 2013
Kansas City Museum, Oz Memorabilia, KC Creative Couples
It came as a shock to a lot of people when Kansas City Museum director Christopher Leitch was let go last month by the management of Union Station. The two institutions merged back in 2000, but have had a rocky relationship ever since. And now it’s really unclear what the future will be for both institutions. KCUR arts reporter Laura Spencer has been following the fall-out from the departure of the museum’s director.
One in five adults over age 15 is a member of a cooperative, according to the United Nations. That’s 1 billion people worldwide. And the UN says co-ops will be the fastest-growing business model by the year 2025. But here in the U.S., the number of co-ops has been steadily declining, down 40 percent from 1993. The co-op model, long a staple of Midwestern agricultural communities, is being redefined in ways big and small.
Charles Darwin revolutionized science. His theory of evolution was based on careful observations of birds and other wildlife in places like the Galapagos Islands. But one thing that has been really slow to evolve is the gender mix in science; men still dominate many scientific field just like they did in Darwin’s day, more than 150 years ago. But gradually, more women are breaking in, including two young scientists from Missouri who landed in the Galapagos.
If you’re from Kansas, or even from Kansas City, Missouri, no matter where you go in the world, someone’s going to make a crack about Dorothy, or Toto. But not everyone here is trying to escape the legacy of The Wizard of Oz. Topeka-born Jane Albright is a director of the International Wizard of Oz Club. She talks about the legacy of the Oz book series, the new movie and the collection that’s taken over the top floor of her house.
This week in our series on Kansas City’s Creative Couples, we profile Ayla Rexroth and Clayton Skidmore, two visual artists turned curators, who opened Subterranean Gallery in the basement of a building in Hyde Park. The gallery doubles as their apartment, and has played a big role in their relationship. As the two have showcased the work of other local artists and hosted events and exhibitions, they’ve had a few adventures of their own in their seven years together.
The first-ever World Choral Fest was held last month in Dublin, Ireland and was the brainchild of Tracy Resseguie who heads of the choir program at Staley High School in the North Kansas City School district. This international, inter-generational festival was first inspired by Resseguie's great grandfather, who immigrated from Norway to Iowa in 1890. Today, the festival brings singers and composers together from different parts of the world, including some Kansans.