Education

Mattie Rhodes Art Center originated from the Craft Learning Center, established in 1971 by a group of Catholic college students in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood to address educational problems among youth. At the urging of United Way, Mattie Rhodes Memorial Society and the Craft Learning Center merged in 1986.

Mattie Rhodes Art Center offers high quality visual art education programs that awaken creative spirits, enhance self-esteem, and teach valuable problem-solving skills. We believe that the arts should be a basic and integral part of every individual’s growth and development. Our center offers a variety of opportunities for both children and adults throughout the year.

After-School Art Program

Mattie Rhodes Art Center’s After-School Art Program serves elementary school students in grades K through 5. Classes are held Tuesday through Friday from 3:30-5:30pm at the Art Center and Northeast Satellite Center throughout the school year. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.  For more information, please contact: Sabrina Harris, 816-581-5636 (Westside) or Alisha Gambino, 816-581-5685 (Northeast).

Spring and Summer Art Camps

Mattie Rhodes Art Center’s four-day art camps are designed for children ages five through twelve. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Educational Fieldtrips

Mattie Rhodes Art Center & Gallery is a wonderful place to bring community and school groups for a unique art education experience. We specialize in pre-school through school age students, but can accommodate students of all ages.

Classes and Workshops

Mattie Rhodes Art Center & Gallery offers special classes and cultural workshops for children, adults and families who enjoy expressing themselves creatively in a positive environment.  

Special Services
From birthday parties to professional development, Mattie Rhodes Art Center is here to serve you!