Northeast News | Mattie Rhodes will open a new Cultural Arts Center in Westside today
With financial and technical assistance from the Department of Housing and Community Development, city and community leaders will officially open the Mattie Rhodes Cultural Arts Center, 1701 Jarboe St., on Friday, April 1. The $3 million project was made possible through donations, including the City’s initial donation of $675,000.
“With any fundraising campaign, the first donor and the City of Kansas City must be the first donor,” said John Fierro, CEO/President of Mattie Rhodes. “It really inspired others to give.”
Fierro said the center has outgrown its existing space and thanks to the generosity of the city, local businesses and community leaders, the new cultural arts center can host a variety of neighborhood events, not just for Westside community, but for the whole city. “It will not just be a place for local, regional and national Hispanic artists, it will be a community gathering place.”
The city’s Housing and Community Development Department provided Mattie Rhodes with technical assistance with everything from meeting MBE/WBE requirements to environmental remediation. “It went way beyond writing a check,” Fierro said.
“Mattie Rhodes has been an important part of Kansas City and the Kansas City Westside for over a century,” City Manager Brian Platt said. “This magnificent facility will have an extremely positive impact on our community for decades to come.”
For more than 125 years, the Mattie Rhodes Center has been dedicated to working with the city’s most vulnerable, providing behavioral health, recreational and educational services to the community while opening doors to community development and enrichment opportunities. culture to Kansas City residents. Fierro said Mattie Rhodes’ work simply isn’t possible without the City’s help.
“The level of commitment the city has made to Mattie Rhodes and the Westside neighborhood really resonates with the community we serve,” he said.