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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! 
 
 
 


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Red Hot Research: Graduate Edition
Friday, November 17 | 4 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd.
Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all disciplines, speaking for six minutes each in Pecha Kucha–inspired presentations. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and each other during breaks. This session features graduate student research.

Slow Art Sunday: Amida Buddha (Amitabha) 
Sunday, November 19 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407, 1301 Mississippi St
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In November, get to know Amida Buddha (Amitabha).

Performance: Aspects of Liszt 
Sunday, November 19 | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St
Distinguished Emmy-winning author, critic, radio and film producer David Dubal joins KU international concert artist Steven Spooner in an afternoon of piano music from the era of the Spencer Museum’s origins and fascinating commentary on the legendary Franz Liszt. This concert is part of the Museum’s centennial celebration of our collection.

Day After Thanksgiving Program: Magic Marbles 
Friday, November 24 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
It’s a day of marble magic with fun for the entire family. Explore the museum’s special exhibit Playing for Keeps: The VFW Marble Tournaments, 1947-1962, and try your hand at “knuckling down” during a marble lesson. Then, pick out your own marble and turn it into a piece of wearable art to take home with you. Included with museum admission.

Global Film Festival
Thursday, November 30 | 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm. 309 1301 Mississippi St
Curated by first-year students, the Global Film Festival features four films exploring ideas in Spencer Museum exhibitions. This film is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities. The film will be announced on the Museum’s website.

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