What if Cinco de Mayo lasted for a whole month?
That is what’s happening at The Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery near 17th and Summit.
The Chicano Arts Festival exhibit “Chicano Voice” actually opens Friday, May 6, but we got a sneak peek Thursday morning.
Artists from all over the nation, places like San Francisco and Chicago, will share their visions of Chicano culture.
Then, on Saturday, a community festival will make the block vibrate with fun, food, poetry, music and a lowrider car show!
Thursday morning, another work of art, a beautiful 1967 Buick Riviera, rolled up to give us a taste of what the weekend holds.
According to Angela Brunner of the Mattie Rhodes Center, this weekend’s events and the month-long art show highlight the creativity, struggle, strength and history of the Chicano people.
It also ties back to Kansas City’s own Chicano culture with one work that embraces that heritage plus the Kansas City Royals.
The exhibit runs through May 28.
Joel Nichols can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.