KC's Original
Arts Education Organization


Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) has been the leading provider of high-quality arts education for 55 years.  Established as a non-profit agency in 1961by a group of dedicated volunteers, KCYA's original mission was to provide children, in Kansas City schools, an opportunity to see and hear classical music performances. 


Since that time, Kansas City Young Audiences has expanded and now provides programs in creative writing, dance, theatre, visual art as well as music and serves the greater Kansas City area, Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri. KCYA is an affiliate of the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network, the leading provider of arts education programs in the United States.


 Kansas City Young Audiences arts programs have helped more than 5 million children cultivate artistic expression; unleashing ideas, creativity, and individual problem solving skills – skills that enhance learning in Math, Science, English and History.


Through interactive classes, workshops, residencies, performances and professional development, KCYA’s programs strengthen a child’s understanding of necessary educational concepts and teach educators how to successfully integrate the arts into core educational subjects. KCYA has become the largest non-profit arts education provider in the region serving more than 100,000 students every school year.