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City coordinates with Mexican Consulate for art exhibit

International Affairs and Trade Office partnership includes open house March 6

The City of Kansas City, Mo., International Affairs and Trade Office, a division of the City Manager’s Office, has partnered with the Mexican government to exhibit art by Mexican artist Alvaro Santiago at the Mexican Consulate Office at 1600 Baltimore Ave. The exhibit, “I Rent Myself to Dream,” runs through March 22. Visits are available by appointment only.

The artwork is available to all during an open house from 6-10 p.m. March 6. The exhibit includes 59 works, including seven paintings on canvas, nine art objects, eight drawings on paper, eight ceramic pieces, 10 engravings and 17 book illustrations.

“The City’s close relationship with Mexico and especially our trade development program is well-known,” said Jo Anna Edgerton of the International Affairs and Trade Office. “A prestigious art exhibit like this is great for Kansas City, it brings tourists and visitors to KC and helps develop our international reputation.”

Alvaro Santiago was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and studied at the Fine Arts School of the Autonomous University Benito Juarez, of Oaxaca and at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving “La Esmeralda” in Mexico City. He has participated in multiple exhibits in the United States, Canada, Spain, France, Japan, Australia, Central America and Mexico.

The Mexican Consulate in Kansas City serves the tri-state region of Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

For more information, contact Cathy Le in the International Affairs and Trade Office at (816) 513-1360.

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