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SUMMER WHEAT AT KANSAS CITY MUSEUM

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SUMMER WHEAT AT KANSAS CITY MUSEUM

KANSAS CITY MUSEUM ANNOUNCES JEWELHOUSE — A NEW CONSERVATORY FOR THE CULTIVATION, PRESENTATION, AND PRESERVATION OF OUR STORIES

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(Kansas City, Mo.) – In honor of Women’s History Month, the Kansas City Museum has announced that it is working with International Architects Atelier and artist Summer Wheat to transform the Beaux-Arts Conservatory on the property into a light-filled sacred space entitled JewelHouse. The museum is in the early stages of design, with JewelHouse slated to open in 2024. The Conservatory was completed in 1910 as part of the R.A. Long estate and built to store summer plants during the winter. At one point, the Long family also used the Conservatory as a tearoom. The Conservatory sits directly across from what was the Greenhouse (removed in the 1950s). After becoming a public museum in 1940, the Conservatory was used as a planetarium for over 40 years. To create JewelHouse, the building’s exterior limestone will be restored, and the interior will be renovated. The perimeter windows and the original roof made of copper and glass will be recreated. Artist Summer Wheat will produce artworks of stained glass, metal, and mosaic for the exterior and interior of the building to make a contemplative sanctuary centering on the often untold, evolving stories of women and girls—past, present, and future. Visitors will discover the inner jewels (inner light) of their personal stories and the vastness of identity, memory, and perspective.

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