The Kennedy Center Partners in Education


Kansas City Young Audiences has 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


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.”


Learn more about the KC Metro Arts Integration Symposium in this video from last year's event.