Text: Saint Javelin. Image: Modern photograph of a painting depicting a Mary-like figure in a green hood

Saint Javelin: Art, Faith and Mobilization

Friday, Feb. 24 - Reception 5 p.m. Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge

Update Feb. 23, 2023

Due to a family medical event, the Museum and Memorial is postponing the "Saint Javelin: Art, Faith and Mobilization" conversation planned for Friday, Feb. 24 until later this year.

The reception benefiting Stand with Ukraine KC will continue as planned at 5 p.m. on Friday ($30 per person). Marking the one year anniversary of Russia's most recent invasion of Ukraine, all proceeds of the reception directly aid Ukrainian relief efforts. If you previously had not planned to attend the reception benefiting Ukraine aid, but would like to do so now, you may still RSVP for the 'Program with Social'.

If you'd like to be refunded, please contact or call 816.888.8162.


Original event information:

March 2022 saw the viral rise of an icon symbolizing Ukrainian resistance to Russian invasion. Saint Javelin continues a tradition begun in World War I of Christian saint imagery being mass-produced for public consumption during wartime.

As the Museum and Memorial's exhibition of Saint Javelin draws to a close, two key figures in the icon's popularity – Christian Borys, former journalist and founder of the Saint Javelin corporation, and California-based artist Chris Shaw, who created the original painting that Saint Javelin is based on – will join in conversation with Museum and Memorial Specialist Curator Patricia Cecil and President and CEO Matthew Naylor. They will address the contemporary parallels, through religious iconography, between WWI and the present-day conflict, in a discussion on art, faith and mobilization amid catastrophe. Free with RSVP | 6 p.m. | Auditorium and YouTube Live POSTPONED

Begin the discussion on global democracy and resistance in a ticketed reception on the Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge before the program, in partnership with Stand With Ukraine KC. All proceeds will directly benefit Ukrainian aid organizations. Tickets $30 | 5 p.m. | Museum and Memorial