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Kayle Rieger Patton, 2016

I am working as the education coordinator at the Meadows Museum, a Spanish art museum in Dallas, Texas. Part of my role involves coordinating all of the incoming group tours, ranging in size from five to 500 people. But my favorite role involves my work with our access programs. 

Since I started, I have slowly moved into the role of planning and implementing our Connections and Re-Connections programs, which are for adults with early stages of dementia. The programs run every month and involve conversation and reminiscing around a central topic or theme, gallery time, and creative activities including art-making, writing/literature, and enjoying music. I love working with this group of adults and providing enrichment, friendship, and hope to their lives. 

I also work alongside our director of education on special accessibility initiatives such as events/programs and other resources for people who are blind or vision impaired. I am constantly learning new things about accessibility: the monumental yet invisible need for it, the unending applications, and its universal reach, and I am so inspired to advocate for institutional change. I have even started learning American Sign Language and am considering pursuing studies to be an ASL interpreter. I never would have guessed, even just a few years ago, that I would be doing that! I'm excited by the work that I am privileged to be a part of and I look forward to where it may lead me into the future. It just goes to show how any field of study can lead you to museum work, and vice versa! 
 
 
 


Museum Events

Pursuing Elusive Equity in Higher Education
Talk by Professor Jennifer Hamer
​Tuesday, March 28 | 7:30 p.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS

Building KU CommUnity Potluck
Thursday March 30 | 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Ecumenical Campus Ministries
1204 Oread Lawrence, KS
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Brent Learned, Artist Event
Friday, March 31 | 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Phoenix Gallery
825 massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS
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Art of Conversation: Social Service/Social Justice
Friday, March 31 | 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History
1047 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS
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Talk: Up Close: American Dream
Sunday, April 2 | 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence, KS
On KU Campus
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Film: Out in the Night
Thursday, April 6 | 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium
1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence, KS
On KU Campus
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Public Film Screening
Francofonia by Alexander Sokurov
Cinemuse: Selfie with Sokurov by Dragan Kujundzic
Friday April 7 | 6 p.m.
Kansas Union, Centennial Room

Grant Develpment as a Professional Skill Workshop
Wednesday April 19 | 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hall Center for the Humanities 
Seminar Room 1
900 Sunnyside Ave.
RSVP to hgdo@ku.edu or call 785.864.7833
by April 12

First National African American Quilt Convention
July 12-15, 2017
TBD, Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.naaqc.org/

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