School and Community Programs


KCYA's School and Community Programs works with a roster of nearly 150 artists to provide dynamic and educational arts programs to children in schools, libraries, community centers, and hospitals throughout the greater Kansas City area.


With performances, residencies, workshops, and after-school programs in nearly every artistic discipline and covering numerous academic subjects KCYA's School and Community Programs reinforce core curriculum as well as cultivate artistic expression; unleashing ideas, creativity, and individual problem solving skills.









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Title 1 Schools


Title I schools in both Kansas and Missouri are eligible to receive programs at a discounted price. In Missouri, these discounts are made possible by the Missouri Arts Council. A maximum of two program subsidies per school, per year applies as limited funds are available. Contact us at 816-531-4022 to find out more information.


STEAM Residency Project

We are thrilled to be offering these exciting residencies for the third year!


These residency programs pair KCYA professional teaching artists with classroom teachers to present science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum (STEM). The programs integrate the arts into the nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum at the elementary school level. PLTW has been providing an elective, STEM-centered curriculum to high schools for several years and recently created an elementary level STEM curriculum entitled, LAUNCH. By using the arts to learn STEM curriculum, students built critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Learn more



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The STEAM Residency Project 

Is a collaboration between the KC STEM Alliance and Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA), pairs a professional teaching artist with a classroom teacher to present STEM curriculum in new and creative ways.


Building upon the nationally-recognized Project Lead The Way (PTLW) LAUNCH curriculum for elementary schools, KCYA teaching artists integrate a variety of art forms into classroom lessons for increased student engagement and improved understanding of the academic content.



STEAM Residency Project Goals...


  • Teachers will learn how to integrate the arts into their lessons and build skills to replicate activities in the future.
  • Student engagement will increase in arts-integrated LAUNCH modules.
  • Students will gain 21st Century skills: collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving.


Teaching Artists and classroom teachers have developed
some amazing projects! 

Kindergarteners used dance to learn computer coding.
First graders sang songs as they learned about animal adaptations.
Second graders created puppets and made documentaries about erosion.
Second graders used mime to learn about simple machines.
Fifth graders used drama to learn about how diseases spread.



The Residencies consist of:


1 Professional Development Session 

During this hands-on session, classroom teachers will work alongside professional teaching artists. Together you will explore and practice different ways to use the arts to teach STEM lessons. Presenters will include teacher/ teaching artist pairs who have participated in previous STEAM residency projects. You will leave this interactive and informative session with specific ideas on how to integrate the arts into PLTW Launch and other STEM curriculum lesson plans. 


4 Hours of Planning Time with the Teaching Artist and Team 

These planning sessions between you, your partner teaching artist, and a KCYA or KC STEM staff member, will help you plan which specific Launch modules will be taught or reinforced through arts integration.


7 Classroom Visits by the Teaching Artist 

Your partner teaching artist will come to class to teach or co-teach with you the specific PLTW Launch/ STEM lessons you’ve chosen for integration. These sessions will be customized based on your needs, interests, and experience.


1 Exit Interview with Project Evaluator

Teacher and Teaching Artist will have one final meeting to reflect on the project and assist the KC STEM Alliance and KCYA in project evaluation and future planning.


STEAM Residency Project Fees


1 Classroom $1,430
2 Classrooms* $2,375
3 Classrooms* $3,515
4 Classrooms* $4,655

*Workshops must be scheduled back to back.


Grant Funding


Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to provide a limited amount of grant funding to help underwrite the costs of these residencies in your school. The application deadline for the 2019-2020 STEAM Residency Project is May 31, 2019


Download the STEAM Residency Grant Application



"When Jay did the intro with the kids, I thought,
'That's really cool. they're having so much fun!' It hit them.
They see how we took those elements he taught them with
miming and used their bodies to build simple machines.
For us it's not just a cool fun thing. It's actually a way for them
to learn and make those connections."

Emily Flynn, Librarian, East Antioch Elementary



Interested in a shorter residency? 


Try the Mini-STEAM Residency including:

  • 1 Professional Development Session (September 7, 2019)
  • 2 Planning Sessions
  • 4 Classroom Visits by the Teaching Artist


1 Classroom $770
2 Classrooms* $1,235
3 Classrooms* $1,805
4 Classrooms* $2,375

*Workshops must be scheduled back to back.




To learn more please call Rachel Cain: 816.531.4022 ext. 1011.




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