KCYA Celebrates One Year Anniversary in New Home on Main Street


Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the move to their new home at 3732 Main Street later this month with two student performances.


Friday, January 19th, a cast of 22 students will stage a performance of Hello Shakespeare, a collaborative project with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Immediately following the performance, guests will be invited to celebrate the anniversary with a cookies and cake reception. 


All You Need is Dance, the winter dance performance, featuring more than 80 student dancers and showcasing the music of The Beatles will be on Saturday, January 27th at 2:00pm at the Rose Auditorium at Rockhurst High School. Guests will be invited to attend a cookie and cake reception immediately following the performance.


Student performances are an important part of performing arts training and these shows provide students with exciting opportunities to be part of a cast, to experience the fun of working together, and to get a taste of the thrill of performing. For many of these students it will be their first time on stage!


Since 1961, KCYA has been committed to providing children opportunities to experience the arts. Our midtown home continues to provide new and exciting opportunities to even reach more of Kansas City’s kids.


“Seeing children creating, learning, and growing in this new space is the best reward!" said Martin English, KCYA Executive Director.


We are so thankful to have worked with the talented and dedicated teams from Helix + Design and McCown Gordon Construction through the process. 


We have raised more than $3.1 million of our $3.65 million capital campaign goal.  We are grateful for strong support from the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, the Hall Family Foundation, and our many loyal donors for their strong support of KCYA and the HEART of the CITY Capital Campaign. For a complete list of supporters, go to supportKCYA.org.


About KCYA


Kansas City Young Audiences, a non-profit organization, has been at the forefront of arts education since 1961. During its 56 year history, KCYA has used the arts to expand the minds of more than 5 million children in the Kansas City area. As an affiliate of the nationwide Young Audiences Arts for Learning network, we are part of one of the largest arts education organizations in the country.


KCYA’s In-School Programs ignite learning in the classroom through the power of the arts. Professional teaching artists visit schools, libraries, and community centers to deliver arts-integrated workshops, performances, and residencies that are aligned to academic curriculum. Building on that, the Arts Partners program adds the resources of 15 premier arts organization and specific school districts to offer arts for learning programs across the school district, ensuring equal access for every student.


At KCYA’s new home at 3732 Main in Kansas City, Missouri, the Community School of the Arts offers children a place to learn, explore, and develop their own creative interests and talents. Classes and camps in music, dance, theatre and visual art are available for all ages and abilities, all year round. While KCYA offers a broad array of programs it is singularly and fiercely focused on its mission to engage all youth in the arts, promote creativity, and inspire success in education

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