Kansas City Young Audiences Joins the Kennedy Center Partners in Education


February 14, 2019, Kansas City, MO: Kansas City Young Audiences is pleased to announce they have joined the Kennedy Center Partners in Education for the Kansas/Missouri region. The KS/MO team also includes Liberty Public Schools, Shawnee Mission School District, and the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. 


The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school districts. The primary purpose of these partnerships is to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers.


“Kansas City Young Audiences will allow the partnership to increase the reach across the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area and hone the teaching skills of local teaching artists by inviting them to training opportunities. The combination of these highly established and rigorous educational programs will enhance the cross-state partnership to greater benefit for the entire metropolitan area” said Emily Behrmann, General Manager at the Carlsen Center at JCCC.


The KS/MO Partners in Education team will host several Professional Development seminars throughout the year and in July will host the KC Metro Arts Integration Symposium. This three-day symposium will explore the power of the arts to engage students and strengthen comprehension in a variety of content areas under the guidance of Kennedy Center teaching artists. More information is available at KSMOpartnersineducation.org.


Martin English, Executive Director for KCYA said, “We are thrilled to join the Kansas / Missouri Partners in Education team and are looking forward to participating in the Kennedy Center training. We recognize that this opportunity will enhance our arts programming, strengthen our connection to classroom teachers, and increase the effectiveness of our talented teaching artists.”


About KCYA
Kansas City Young Audiences, a non-profit organization, has been at the forefront of arts education since 1961. During its 58 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 14 premier arts organizations 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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