Metro residents learn Mexican papermaking in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – National Hispanic Heritage Month begins in September and runs into October. People are celebrating across the metro with everything from community parades to classroom demonstrations.

On Tuesday FOX 4's Kerri Stowell was at Maple Woods Community College where a special presentation on papermaking was going on.

Jennie Frederick, a retired faculty member and artist, returned to the school to show art students how it's done. She stood in front of the room, sharing videos from her time in Mexico, and a behind-the-scenes look at how paper is made. According to Frederick, the process can take weeks. She also showed off some pieces of work she brought back with her.

Frederick believes it's important to share the skills artists have, especially those who are carrying on traditions in Mexico.

National Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off on September 15th and runs through October 15th.