Mattie Rhodes Center presents Donald Ross as Día de los Muertos featured artist

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Mattie Rhodes Center is excited to announce that the featured artist for Kansas City’s 15th Annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration will be Donald Ross, also known as Scribe.

The Opening Reception to view the Día de los Muertos altars in the Mattie Rhodes Center Art Gallery is Friday, October 4, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The following day, October 5, the Street Festival begins at 1:00 p.m. and runs until 10:00 p.m. Various entertainment acts, vendors and children’s activities will fill the street in front of the Gallery located at 915 W 17th Street – just four blocks west of 17th and Broadway. Both events are free to the public.

“Scribe is a very accomplished artist with a big heart,” said Jenny Mendez, Cultural Arts Director for the Mattie Rhodes Center. “His love for the community, passion for inspiring creativity, and respect for cultural traditions makes him the perfect fit to be the featured artist for our 15th Día de los Muertos Anniversary.”

Scribe’s animated murals are readily recognizable in Midtown Kansas City and throughout different parts of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico where he has both painted murals and had gallery shows. Scribe is currently the Art Director at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City where he does everything from graphic design to painting murals to managing large scale design and installation of a flooring project. Scribe is also a children’s book author, and a toy creator. He recently released an urban toy line based on his signature character “Rumpus” the rhino and “Sumego,” an egotistical beaver.

Giving back to the community and teaching art appreciation to youth has always been important to Scribe. He has done readings and workshops with kids in book stores across the country to discuss the process of his illustrations, murals and story methods while also doing live painting demonstrations. He has also spoken in many high schools, libraries, and youth centers around the Kansas City Metro area and in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Chicago, Ill.

“We are excited to embrace Scribe as the featured artist for Kansas City’s signature Día de los Muertos celebration,” said John Fierro, President and CEO of the Mattie Rhodes Center. “We take seriously the importance of teaching, preserving and celebrating the Latino culture by providing culturally competent programming and community celebrations. This event is the largest and longest running Día de los Muertos Festival in Kansas City. We invite you to come dressed as a your own Day of the Dead inspired character, and experience the celebration, memories, love and creativity the Latino culture has to offer.”

The Exhibit and Festival would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: The Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund and Arvest Bank. Sponsorship packages are still available. The Mattie Rhodes Center is also still accepting artists who would like to participate in the Exhibit, artists and community members who would like to display an altar, and artisan and food vendors. For more information about how to participate, contact Jessica Manco, Gallery & Art Education Curator, at 816-581-5631 or jmanco@mattierhodes.org.

Día de los Muertos Exhibit: October 4 - November 15, 2013 Opening: First Friday, October 4th from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Second Reception: First Friday, November 1st from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Artists and members of the community are invited to create traditional, contemporary, experimental, and personal altars or Day of the Dead themed artwork to exhibit at the Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery located at 919 W. 17th St., Kansas City, MO, 64108. The Día de los Muertos exhibit celebrates the rich color and history of the Mexican holiday that focuses on remembering loved ones who have died through the creation of private altars that traditionally include possessions of the deceased, favorite food and beverages, sugar skulls and marigolds.

Día de los Muertos Street Festival: October 5, 2013, from 1:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Día de los Muertos Street Festival, a cultural celebration with various music and dance entertainment, food vendors, art exhibitions, jewelry and textile vendors, and face painting. There is no cost to attend. The Street Festival takes place on West 17th Street, just in front of the Mattie Rhodes Center Gallery and Art Center.

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About the Mattie Rhodes Center The Mattie Rhodes Center provides a holistic approach to individual and family well-being through Youth Development, Family Services, Community Support, and Cultural Arts. The Mattie Rhodes Center is Kansas City’s only bilingual, state-certified and nationally accredited behavioral health care provider. The agency is celebrating its 119th year of service to the community. Visit www.mattierhodes.org to learn more.

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