This week on The Local Show, we preview the new exhibit, Inventing the Modern World Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs which opens this weekend at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Executive Director of the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, Jesse Barnes, gives Nick Haines a tour of the facility and the current exhibit which highlights the career of Wichita, Ks. native Hattie McDaniel. We report on the innovative Second Chance/Reentry Program in Johnson County which seeks to reduce recidivism by treating mental health issues and providing support systems to inmates. Finally, we look at how Kauffman Stadium has become the greenest stadium in Major League Baseball.
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Besides introducing popular products and amusements like the zipper, the Ferris wheel and the ice cream cone, the World’s Fair offered an opportunity for nations to polish their images before the world.
The fairs were the place for countries to show off their creativity and innovation, art and industry. So successful was the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, as it was properly named, that cities vied to host them throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The influence of these World’s Fairs in shaping consumer taste is the theme of a substantial new exhibition opening this Saturday at the Nelson-Atkins Musuem that’s getting some international attention.
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs runs through August 19th at the Nelson-Atkins Museum. By the way, like our Local Show Facebook page and look for a chance to win a pair of passes to the exhibit.
She was the first African American to ever win an Oscar. The year was 1940. The movie? Gone with the Wind. Her name was Hattie McDaniel and a lot of people don’t realize that she was from Kansas.
A new exhibit at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center in Kansas City profiles the work of the actress who never received her full due. Nick Haines got a tour of the exhibit from the center’s new Executive Director, Jessie Barnes.
How do you stop offenders from re-offending, especially those who have a history of drug and alcohol addictions and often times have a history of mental illness? In Johnson County, the sheriff’s department, which runs the county’s jail, has been working on an innovative project to try and reduce the recidivism rate. They call it the Second Chance/Reentry Program. With 1 in 6 of their inmates diagnosed with mental health conditions, they’re working on a federal grant to try and change the way they do business. And as we discovered in this report by KCPT Producer Sean Holmes, they are seeing some results. We will be featuring a report about the Mental Health Collaboration Program in an upcoming episode of The Local Show.