Who is Kansas City Young Audiences?
55 years of bringing the arts to Kansas city's children
Kansas City Young Audiences is the largest nonprofit arts education provider for children in the region. If you haven't heard of us, there's probably a good reason...Our typical "end user' is a second grader. And they don't usually know it's "arts education." They're too busy learning their multiplication tables through music. Making up hip-hop songs to experience poetry in English class. Or building inner confidence and learning to collaborate with others through plays and other performances.
We ignite learning in Kansas City classrooms with the transformational spark of the arts!
Why We Matter to Kansas City
As Kansas City continues to emerge as a cultural force in the arts, KCYA is inspiring the thoughtful audiences who will support our city's arts renaissance for decades to come. In fact, we count many of the organizations leading the charge in KC's arts resurgence as our Program Partners - the very organization who create and deliver the programs we take into more than 200 KC schools annually.
But even more importantly, it's proven that arts in our schools is essential to the intellectual and emotional development of children. The children who will be our city's civic leaders, parents and neighbors of tomorrow...
Arts in the schools makes for more engaged, higher achieving students who grow into more civically engaged, culturally aware adults...the skills and attributes that are critical in an increasingly global and evolving KC community.
HEART of the CITY - KCYA Capital Campaign
We're creating a permanent and more visible home for our vibrant arts education programs in the heart of the city. This building on Main Street means we can expand our scope and reach out to more children with the transformational power of the arts.
A NEW LOCATION - A NEW ERA IN ARTS EDUCATION
The top priority of the Mayor's Task Force for the Arts is more arts education opportunities for children. And it's easy to see why. It's proven that when arts education is woven into classroom curriculum, students are more excited about learning...achievement levels.rise...and school attendance soars. We need robus arts programming in Kansas City schools and KCYA has been at the forefront of this movement for more than 50 years. We're ready to step into the next era of empowering children with confidence, creativity and boundless opportunity in and through the arts.
KCYA stands poised with our paintbrush in the air, a blank canvas before us...the new location on Main Street gives us the opportunity to respond to the needs of children in our community in ways never before imagined! We know our new building will allow us to fully embrace our role as an arts leader and hub of creativity. With increased space we can host classes, workshops. and new programs. We can gather artists and educators to collaborate on exciting new programs that will benefit children all over the city - especially those without equal access to arts education.
How you can get involved
At this critical time, KCYA welcomes you to learn more about us and help us spread the word about the work we do in our communities - and the impact it has (on so many levels) on the children, our schools and our city. Of course, if we're to reach our goal of raising $3.5 million to move in, debt-free, to our new home on Main Street, we'll need to meet some aggressive fundraising goals.
KCYA CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
$600,000 Hall Family Foundation
$500,000 Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
$250,000 Sunderland Foundation
$200,000 J.E. & L.E. Mabee Foundation, Challenge Grant for renovations
$200,000 Kirk Foundation, Matching Grant
$150,000 Sosland Foundation
$120,000 DST Systems
$ 75,000 Bill and Peggy Lyons
$ 60,000 David T. Beals III Charitable Trust, Band of America N.A., Trustee
$ 50,000 Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation
$ 50,000 Gary Dickinson Family Foundation
$ 40,000 Carrie J. Loose Trust
$ 25,000 Impact KC
$ 25,000 Peter and Cappy Powell
$ 22,500 Michael and Leatha Cline with Kansas City Southern
$ 10,000 Helix Architecture + Design
$ 10,000 Martin and Cynthia English
$ 10,000 Joan Horan
$ 10,000 Ann and Chad Milton
$ 32,346 Various Individuals and Foundations
$ 5,000 MainCor
$ 5,000 Andres Confiserie Suisse
$2,444,962 Raised to date