“Kansas City can and must nurture and educate its own artists, and the Kauffman Center is solidly committed to participating in that vital endeavor.” – Julia Irene Kauffman
Young people are the future of the arts — our future artists and our future audiences — and we care deeply about them. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to creating unprecedented access to arts experiences for young people in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
The Kauffman Center plays an important role in expanding the reach of educational programs created by our resident companies. As a result, the Kauffman Center can ensure young people throughout the region know the excitement and inspiration of a live arts experience.
Sign Up for Education Emails
Be among the first to learn about educational opportunities at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts by signing up for our Education Email List. By opting in to this education email list, you will receive information about Kauffman Center educational programs as well as performances that will be presented at the Kauffman Center.
Opening Our Doors
The Kauffman Center Open Doors Program is one way we are providing access to high quality arts programs for youth throughout the metropolitan area. Through the Open Doors Transportation Fund and the Open Doors Community Tickets, the Kauffman Center is already impacting the lives of our community’s youth.
The Open Doors Transportation Fund provides bus transportation allowances to help defray the cost of bringing students to school matinee performances at the Kauffman Center. With an easy online application and fast approval, the Transportation Fund will help more than 25,000 students enjoy live arts performances at the Kauffman Center each season. Find out how the Open Doors Transportation Fund can help your school at the link below.
The Open Doors Community Tickets program offers reduced or even free tickets to select performances at the Kauffman Center. These performances range from school matinees to seats at regularly scheduled performances. We are currently building a network of local agencies in our community to help share these opportunities with children and families who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a performance at the Kauffman Center.
Spotlight on Youth
Future Stages Festival, an annual community event, turns a spotlight on youth performances and family-friendly programming. The free festival supports the growth of future artists with a focus on youth ages 4-14. Future Stages Festival invites all ages to experience the arts and introduces young audiences to the Kauffman Center. The festival showcases diverse performances on three stages along with interactive art activities provided by community arts organizations.