Seg. 1: Kansas Sen. Bollier Quits The GOP. Seg. 2: Kansas City's One-Of-A-Kind Folk Art Collection.
Segment 1: The state senator says she felt increasingly at odds with Republican Party stances on LGBTQ issues and supporting President Trump.
Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier made national headlines last week when she switched her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat, but some of her colleagues in the statehouse were a little less surprised. Today, Johnson County's newest Democratic state senator discussed her move, and the political implications it could have when the legislative session starts on Jan. 14.
- Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills
Segment 2, beginning at 27:33: The unintentional beginnings of a one-of-a-kind collection.
You might be surprised to learn that the Mattie Rhodes Center, a community development organization, houses one of Kansas City's most rarely-viewed folk art collections. But the more than 1,500 pieces that comprise it are more than just an assortment of sculpture, ceramics and toys. In the center's care it's a way to bridge generations and cultures.
- Jenny Mendez, director of cultural arts for the Mattie Rhodes Art Center
- Olivia Clanton, curator of the Mattie Rhodes Hand-in-Hand Folk Art Collection
- Laurie Hamilton, original member of the collection's steering committee
“Mattie Rhodes and the Indelible Impressions of Art” will be presented December 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Central Library, 14th W. 10 Street. Go to kclibrary.org to RSVP. The Craft Research Lab exhibit at the Central Library of items from the Hand-in-Hand Folk Art Collection continues through Dec. 30.