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Call for Artists to Create Community Art Project About PAD

We’re excited to announce that we are partnering with the Mattie Rhodes Center to plan a collaborative community art project to promote understanding and awareness of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the historic northeast neighborhoods of Kansas City, Mo. The first step is to find a passionate artist to work with on this health-focused collaboration with the community.

If you or someone you know is an artist, please share this Call for Artists information with them and encourage them to apply.

Call for Artists

This is an open call for Kansas City area artists who work in all media. The team is looking for artists who are interested in working collaboratively to create a meaningful and interactive multi-faceted art installation in the historic northeast neighborhoods of Kansas City, Mo.

This call extends to artists who are interested in working on a health-focused project with community members. There will be several events where community members will be invited to contribute to the art project, and the final product will require a team effort. The intent is for this collaborative art project to increase awareness about PAD and its risk factors, as well as shed light on ways to prevent PAD.

How to Apply?

Submit the Artist Application or letter of interest to Kiki Serna, Project Coordinator at Mattie Rhodes Center


March 15, 2020

More Details?

The artist selected for this project will receive payment. An informational event for interested artists to learn more about this opportunity will be held Thursday, March 12, 5-7 p.m. at the Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery, 919 W. 17th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108.


Contact Jenny Mendez, Project Creative Director at Mattie Rhodes Center


Download the Call for Artists Application

Read the complete news release


Follow these steps to learn about PAD

What Show Me PAD Is All About

by Kim Smolderen

Kim Smolderen, Ph.D.

Kim Smolderen, Ph.D.

As a medical psychologist and outcomes researcher, I have always focused my work on trying to better understand patient experiences as they navigate care for their disease. I started my career in social work and worked in a hospital. I saw many patients at a critical juncture in their lives as they were dealing with chronic diseases. In my work as a researcher thereafter, I focused on the individual’s experience and how other life factors and societal factors shaped those experiences.

Through a post-doctoral training in cardiovascular outcomes research by the American Heart Association, my focus expanded on understanding quality of care and quality of life outcomes for patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). Through this broader lens, our team – along with a team of patient experts – started studying hundreds of patients’ experiences in the U.S., the Netherlands and Australia as they were facing a new diagnosis of PAD.

This research allowed us to understand PAD better as seen from the patients’ perspective, as that perspective should be the driver of how tailored and responsive care is designed, as patients’ needs define that care. With our work, we hope to develop patient-centered management programs to improve patients’ quality of care and outcomes.

Helpful PAD Resources

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with PAD, take some time to explore our Show Me PAD website to learn about PAD and the different treatment options available. You can watch videos with perspectives from patients and providers, and use the Decision Aid to help you decide what is best for your lifestyle.

Follow these steps to learn about PAD