U.S. Engineering Company Sponsors Kauffman Center Children’s Wall
Company contributed $30,000 for local second-graders to participate in the Children’s Wall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
On March 7th, 2011 Kansas City-based U.S. Engineering Company joined with the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to welcome 30 second-grade students from University Academy to make their mark permanently on the Children’s Wall at the Kauffman Center. U.S. Engineering contributed $30,000 to the project, which allowed each child to make a handprint on the wall and become forever a part of the landmark building that will bring arts to the community and the community to the arts in Kansas City.
“U.S. Engineering is very pleased to be able to give these kids the opportunity to become a permanent part of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts,” said Tyler Nottberg, Chairman & CEO of U.S. Engineering. “Our company is committed to creating strong communities, and we believe the arts are a crucial part of a healthy community. By making this contribution to the Kauffman Center, we hope to not only inspire these 30 young students, but to also help create a gathering place where students, families, and arts patrons can enjoy a vibrant arts experience in Kansas City for years to come.”
The Children’s Wall at the Kauffman Center consists of one thousand children’s handprints, each with the name and age of the child. The prints will be artistically arranged along the main thoroughfare connecting the parking garage to the ticketing lobby, where they will greet visitors as they enter. The Children’s Wall is a key funding opportunity for corporations and families to help support the performances and educational opportunities that will be available for the entire community at the Kauffman Center.
“This is a great example of a Kansas City company stepping up to support arts education, and benefit generations of students,” added Jane Chu, President & CEO of the Kauffman Center. “U.S. Engineering has been instrumental in building the physical infrastructure of the arts community in Kansas City for decades. We are fortunate that they worked to help build the Kauffman Center and proud that they have invested to help open our doors to vibrant performances for our community.”
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a major new center for music, opera, theater, and dance, will open in downtown Kansas City, Missouri in September 2011. The Kauffman Center will present a wide range of entertainers and performances from around the world, including classical, pop, and jazz music, ballet and contemporary dance, Broadway productions, comedy shows, and more. In addition, the Kauffman Center will serve as the performance home of three of the region’s leading performing arts organizations—Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Founded in Kansas City in 1893, U.S. Engineering Company is one of the most experienced and respected mechanical constructors in the United States. The company’s contribution to the Kauffman Center Children’s Wall is part of its ongoing commitment to the community, focusing on health and education for the next generation of leaders and citizens, strengthening families, and cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit.