KCYA Remembers Estelle Sosland


Kansas City Young Audiences joins the Kansas City arts community in mourning the death of Estelle Sosland. Estelle was a powerful advocate for the arts, and believed passionately in the power of arts education for children. Estelle was one of the earliest supporters of the newly incorporated Kansas City Chapter of Young Audiences (KCYA), joining the Board of Directors in 1963. Her involvement with, and generous support of KCYA continued throughout her life, extending to the National Young Audiences Board of Directors beginning in 1983.  


With her late husband Morton, Estelle changed the face of the arts community in Kansas City, giving millions of children access to engaging arts experiences of all types. Estelle will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her, especially those of us who believe that the arts have the power to spark conversation and foster civic and community engagement. Millions of children had their first arts experiences because of Estelle, experiences that may have been life changing. Many will never know the debt they owe to her, just as she would wish. Those of us who do know are extremely grateful for the incredible impact she made.


We will miss her greatly, and will strive to follow her example.