Thanks to many generous donors, $30,219 has been raised for KCYA Teaching Artists!


April 22, 2020


We are happy to report that over $30,000 has been raised for the Teaching Artist Emergency Fund. This figure includes individual donations via our website and mail, donations received during our Facebook Live event BAND TOGETHER on April 11, and the $10,000 matching grant from the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts. We are so grateful to everyone who donated! 


These funds have been distributed by KCYA to 47 individual Teaching Artist who have been impacted by COVID-19 cancellations and closures. 


During the crisis, many visual and performing artists affiliated with KCYA have lost significant income because of Community School of the Arts and school closings. We know that the majority of area schools will be out through the end of the school year, and the rest may follow. The total impact is as yet unknown, but we expect more than 70 teaching artists will lose a combined total of more than $58,000 by the end of May. As freelancers and independent contractors, if teaching artists don't work, they can’t earn the money they need to live.



Kansas City Young Audiences was so pleased to have been given a $10,000 matching gift from the Richard J Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank, Trustee, to support the Teaching Artist Emergency Fund


Stern Foundation Director Charlotte Kemper commented, “The Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts has been a longtime supporter of KCYA, but KCYA can’t develop the next generation of artists and audiences without teachers and performers to inspire the children. We encourage those who are able to help to support these artists during this difficult time.”


This matching grant helped KCYA leverage more donations during our April 11 event: BAND TOGETHER - a Virtual Showcase. This day-long Facebook Live event featured 13 different KCYA Teaching Artists hosting a variety of interactive arts events. Dino O'Dell, Jim Cosgrove, Jaisson Taylor and Chris Hudson provided some fantastic musical entertainment. Kim Shope, Franci Whitte, Harlan Brownlee, and Miss Brigitte got us moving with their dance classes. Emma Carter helped us use our imagination and Harry Potter knowledge for some wand making, and Paige Ahlenius and Brad Shaw led us in some fun visual arts projects. StoneLion Puppet theatre presented A Starry, Starry Night. And Jay and Leslie Cady taught us to juggle!




Thank you!