44th Annual Conference - Friday Afternoon Excursions

18th and Vine Historic Jazz District ($25)

One of the most important hubs for the development of jazz, we'll spend time exploring the area, which is home to the American Jazz Museum, the Blue Room, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the Gem Theater. The afternoon will include a performance of music by Mary Lou Williams featuring students from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

National World War I Museum and Memorial and Steamboat Arabia Museum ($25)

All of the paper sessions on Friday morning will take place at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. In the afternoon, we'll have time to experience not only its marvelous collections but also its iconic architecture. From there, we’ll have a short walk to historic Union Station and take Kansas City's new streetcar (free!) to the River Market area and the Steamboat Arabia Museum. The Steamboat Arabia was loaded with nearly 200 tons of cargo when it sank in the Missouri River in 1856. Many of its treasures have been recovered, including shoes, clothes, buttons, tools, glassware, and more, and the museum offers an eye-opening view into life in the American West during the nineteenth century. Note: The $25 excursion price includes discounted afternoon admission to the Museum and the Steamboat Arabia.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ($10)

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is one of America’s leading art museums. The neoclassic building from 1933 and the iconic Bloch Building from 2007 are treats in themselves, and the recently opened Bloch Galleries are home to a fine collection of Impressionist art. Special exhibits on view during the SAM conference include "Through the Eyes of Picasso," which explores Picasso’s fascination with masks and indigenous cultures, and “Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity,” featuring artifacts of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou, China. Note: The $10 covers transportation only. The Museum is FREE, but ticketed exhibits are extra. Please plan to pay at the Museum. Adults: $18; Seniors: $16; Students with ID: $10.

Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site. ($15)

The Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site celebrates the life and work of Thomas Hart Benton, a Kansas City-based painter who included musical references in many of his canvases. The Victorian-era home where he lived from 1939 until his death in 1975 is now a museum devoted to his work, and his studio, which had been a carriage house, is preserved exactly as he left it at the time of his death.

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