An All-Ammerican Weekend

An All-American Weekend

May 9-10
Celebrate the reinstallation of the American Art Galleries and the opening of the exhibition George Segal: Street Scenes with programs and activities throughout the weekend!

Saturday, May 9
City Beats & Summer Streets with Host Bill Shapiro
Noon–1:15 p.m.
Bloch Lobby

Bill Shapiro, host of KCUR’s Cyprus Avenue, brings his own special blend of music and commentary to the Museum with this live program. Join us in a celebration of the beat from the street, from Memphis to Motown, as the soulful sounds of summer in the city come alive. Informal seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Ongoing Activities
1–4 p.m.
Bloch Lobby & Ford Learning Center

Eric Fellows and his company of performance artists will surprise and entertain you as they take the form of living statues.

Artist and educator Christine Webster will demonstrate plaster casting techniques.

Guided Tours: All tours gather in the Bloch Lobby
11:00 a.m.       Making a Masterpiece: 75 years at The Nelson-Atkins
1:30 p.m.         Highlights of American Art
2:30 p.m.         George Segal: Street Scenes

Sunday, May 10
Target Family Day
Sunday in the Park

Spend Mother’s Day at the Museum! Make reservations for Rozzelle Court Restaurant’s famous Mother’s Day Brunch or bring your own picnic lunch. Enjoy free performances, artist demonstrations, children’s activities and more! In the morning the Museum will offer activities inside the Museum and in the afternoon emphasis shifts to the beautiful Kansas City Sculpture Park.*

* In the event of inclement weather, park performances and activities will move indoors.

Mother’s Day Brunch
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Rozzelle Court Restaurant
Reservations required; Call 816.751.1ART
Cost is $32 for members, $36 for nonmembers and $15 for children 12 & under

Celebrate Mother’s Day amidst priceless art in the lovely Rozzelle Court Restaurant with an extravagant buffet and strolling violin music. Selections include smoked seafood, roasted meats, chef-prepared omelets, sautéed pastas, artisan breads and a grand assortment of desserts. Includes a champagne toast for adults. Full bar available. Make reservations early. 15% service charge added to total bill.

Featured Performances:
The Turpin Tyme Ragsters
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Bloch Lobby

This lively seven piece ensemble specializes in Ragtime music from the turn of the century. The play list includes popular songs such as The Entertainer and The Kansas City Rag. As an added feature, two couples will demonstrate typical dances from this period, such as the Charleston.

Larry and Stephanie Harper
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Sculpture Hall

Larry and Stephanie Harper of Cameron, Missouri, will play traditional 19th-century American music on hammer dulcimer and guitar. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to join in the fun!

The Tallgrass Express
12:30 p.m.–2 p.m.
South Lawn Stage, Kansas City Sculpture Park

In historic western dress, this trio comes to us from the Flint Hills ranch country to perform a variety of traditional early American music including bluegrass, old time, folk, cowboy-western, and their own original songs about life on the prairie. The performance will be spiced with the lively stories and antics of these rancher-musicians who love their Kansas Flint Hills as much as they love sharing their music with others!

Danny Cox
2–3 p.m.
South Lawn Stage, Kansas City Sculpture Park

For more than 40 years, singer-musician Danny Cox has enthralled audiences with his expansive repertoire of American music. For this event, Mr. Cox will create a program designed to highlight and celebrate songs about the American worker. 

AnnaLee & the Lucky So-n-Sos
3–4:30 p.m.
South Lawn Stage, Kansas City Sculpture Park

This group embraces the very best of Kansas City Jump sound from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Join members of the Kansas City Lindy Hop Society as they tear up the dance floor!

Ongoing Activities

  • Art and traditional craft demonstrations
  • Hands-on activities for children
  • Family gallery guides
  • Impromptu performances in the American galleries



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