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KCYA Capital Campaign

Who is Kansas City Young Audiences?

57 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!

Learn more about our programming.


(816) 531.4022

3732 Main St
K.C., MO 64111

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 organizations 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. 


Our new home: 3732 Main Street  (before renovations)

HEART of the CITY - KCYA Capital Campaign


We've created 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.   



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 $3.65 million to move in, debt-free, to our new home on Main Street, we'll need to meet some aggressive fundraising goals. 

With the support of our fantastic community partners and supportive individuals we have raised just over $3.25 million!



$500,000 and above
Hall Family Foundation
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation

DST Systems, Inc.
Francis Family Foundation
William T. Kemper Foundation - Commerce Bank, Trustee
Kirk Foundation
The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation

The Sosland Foundation
The Sunderland Foundation
William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Jack F. and Glenna Y. Wylie Charitable Foundation

David Beals Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation
The H&R Block Foundation

Bill and Peggy Lyons
Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation
Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank, Trustee

American Century Investments Foundation
Ashgrove Charitable Foundation
Lennie Berkowitz
Robert and Barbara Bloch
Capitol Federal Foundation
Marty and Teal Dakan
Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation
Martin and Cynthia English
Arvin Gottlieb Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee
Sally Groves and Robert Firnhaber
Shirley & Barnett Helzberg Jr. Donor Advisory Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City                                   

Joan Horan
Impact KC
Jennifer and John Isenberg                        
Kansas City Southern
Carrie J. Loose Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Linda and Mike Lyon
McCownGordon Construction
Ann and Chad Milton                                      
Peter Powell Family Foundation
Liza and Guy Townsend / Ever Glades Fund  

Anne and Bill Blessing
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Kara and Philip Bouillette
Kay and John Callison             
Michael and Leatha Cline
Terri and Doug Curran                   
Kathy and Jim Dunn
Ellen and John Goheen
LaDonna Gooden            
Patti and Steve Gound
Pam and Gary Gradinger
Laurie J. Hamilton
Heeter Family Foundation
Henry E. Wurst Family Foundation
Yvonne Jameson
Karbank Real Estate Company                            
Colleen and Matt LeCount
Linda Lighton and Lynn Adkins  
MainCor / MCSID
Scott and Kim Manka Mann       
McCown Family Foundation

Jana Meyers
Amber and Chris Mounts
Heidi and Nelson Nast                  
R. A. Long Foundation
Chad and Jennifer Rau
Kristin Raven
Susanne Shutz                                 
Stacy Stotts
Jennifer and Andrew Sussman
Nancy and Michael Thiessen
Qiana Thomason                             
Peter G. and Elizabeth Torosian Foundation
Chrissy and John Vaughn             
Sara Welch
Katie and Clyde Wendel               
Reeves and Fifi Wiedeman
Cynthia Williams
Lisa and Jim Williams
George and Susie Wood

Under $1,000
Bunmi Alli                           
Eileen Armstrong                                            
Kara Armstrong
Marty Arvizu
Temitayo Bakare
April and John Bier
Tina Blatter
Cynthia Bleck
Gene Blobaum
Mary Jo Browne
Christian Buller
Megan Burdolski
Tanya Catlett
Patricia and Don Dagenais
Elizabeth Davis
Alex and Anne Deloe  
Jo Denton
Christiane Donner         
Steve Earnest
Beth Flemington and Matthew Hart       
Chester and Kathy Foster
Peter and Bernadette Groner
Janet and William Hicks                
Martha Hogerty
Valerie Johnson               
Jerilyn Jones
Kay King
Mary and Don Krohn
Cat Larrison

Barbara Longwell
Mary and Marvin Manlove
Tracy Milsap
Sarah and Sean Murray
Daniel Nash
Mary and Dan Needham
Laura Ortmann                 
Edgar Palacios
Rebecca Paulsen
Nancy and Sam Potter
Page and Bruce Reed    
Janell Rinne
Marla and Daryl Rinne
Steve Rinne and Barbara Mueth
Kim and Tom Rogge                                       
Kristin and John Rosen
Ellen Ryan and James Sanders
Susan and Chip Schmelzer                          
Nicole Silvey
Lisa and Kam Smith
Dennis Sondker                                        
Sterling Stanford
Brooke & Christopher Sweeney                    
Brad Thies
Ann and Larry Tice                                     
James and Sarah Weitzel
Helen and Fred Wooster

In-Kind Donors
Andre’s Confiserie Suisse
Contract Furnishings
Helix Architecture + Design
Image 360
Lathrop Gage LLP  
Meers Advertising
Stinson LLP

We are incredibly grateful for all these donors. However, we still need your support to reach our goal. Please join us!


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Upcoming Events

Join us for a Benefit Concert for Arts Education
featuring Tony Award winning star of Hamilton
Renee Elise Goldsberry

September 28, 2019
at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts