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KCYA Capital Campaign

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!

Learn more about our programming.



(816) 531.4022

current Location

5601 Wyandotte
K.C., MO 64113


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 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. 


Our new home: 3732 Main Street  (before renovations)

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.   



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.


$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         

Projected Timeline

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Upcoming Events

KCYA Arts for learning & living LuncheonOctober

Ribbon Cutting : December

Open House : January