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KCPA OpenDoors LogoThe Kauffman Center for the Performance Arts is passionate about providing youth in our community opportunities to experience high quality performing arts. The Open Doors Community Tickets program offers reduced or even free tickets to help local social service agencies, schools and home schools bring children to performances.

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Transportation Fund

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.

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Kauffman Center Presents

Black Violin 

  • Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at 10:30am

All Tickets: $2
Length: Approximately 1 hour

Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste (viola) and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester (violin) are Black Violin – an exhilarating violin/viola hip-hop duo that wows audiences of all ages. Classically trained musicians, they met as high school orchestra nerds; today they play genre-bending music, radically fusing hip-hop and pop with classical to create a kaleidoscope of sounds uniquely their own. The group is on a perception-changing, stereotype-shattering mission with their unique take on classical music. Named one of the hottest bands at South by Southwest, they have opened for such diverse names in music as Kanye West, 50 Cent, Aerosmith, and Tom Petty, and creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Linkin Park, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. Their major label debut, Stereotypes, was released last year to critical acclaim and incorporates their many musical influences from classical, R&B, and soul to rock and beyond. The pair creates a distinctive, peerless sound that continues to resonate with a broad variety of music lovers.

Please note: This performance is sold out.

The Black Violin student matinee is eligible for bus transportation assistance through our Open Doors program. Transportation assistance applications and more information can be found here.

National Geographic Live!
Charlie Hamilton James presenting I Bought a Rainforest

  • Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 10:30am
  • Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 10:30am

All Tickets: $2
Length: Approximately 1 hour
Themes: current events, biodiversity, ecosystems, geography
Suggested grades: 5-12

Discover what it’s like to live in—not just visit—two of the world’s great wildlife parks. Charlie Hamilton James has been shooting in Peru’s Manú National Park—the most biodiverse place on Earth—for more than two decades. More recently, James has been living in Yellowstone, America’s original wildlife park, in preparation for the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service. For a forthcoming National Geographic story, he has gone beyond the park’s boundaries, investigating the larger ecosystem that Yellowstone supports. Join this critically acclaimed photojournalist as he recounts his unlikely journey from the Peruvian rain forest to the mountain landscapes of Yellowstone.

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National Geographic Live student matinees are now eligible for bus transportation assistance through our Open Doors program. Transportation assistance applications and more information can be found here.

National Geographic Live!
Anand Varma presenting Beauty and the Bizarre 

  • Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 10:30am

All Tickets: $2
Length: Approximately 1 hour
Themes: biology, biodiversity, photography
Suggested Grades: 5-8

When Anand Varma takes a photograph of a parasitic wasp consuming a caterpillar from the inside, he doesn’t want to you to be disgusted—he wants you to be amazed! He’s devoted years of his life to perfecting his techniques to create dramatic, bizarre—and beautiful—images of the miniature world around us. In these unique images, he reveals the secret life cycle of the honeybee, captures the lightning-fast behaviors of hummingbirds, and offers students a rare and astonishing glimpse at our world’s small wonders.

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National Geographic Live student matinees are now eligible for bus transportation assistance through our Open Doors program. Transportation assistance applications and more information can be found here.

+Frequently Asked Questions

Who can purchase tickets for these performances?

Any school in the five-county metropolitan Kansas City area can submit an order form to purchase tickets for students and chaperones to attend any of the Kauffman Center Presents student matinees. Homeschool groups are also welcome to purchase tickets to these performances.

How long will it take to review my order form?

Orders will be processed as they are received and confirmation emails with invoices will be sent to the teacher and billing contact within 2-3 weeks.

Are all the Kauffman Center student matinee performances eligible for Transportation Assistance?

Each year, there will be over twenty school matinee performances, and they are listed under the Student Matinee page of our website. At this time, all student matinee performances qualify for the Open Doors Transportation Assistance program. Please be aware that only groups with more than 20 students that are traveling by bus are invited to apply. Also, transportation assistance applications must be received at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled performance.

What if my group receives plans to purchase tickets to a Kauffman Center Presents student matinee, but we need to cancel at a later date?

If your approved group needs to cancel a National Geographic Live student matinee reservation, please let the Kauffman Center know as early as possible by sending a notification to opendoors@kauffmancenter.org. Tickets must be paid for in full no later than one month prior to the performance date, and if a school cancels beyond that point, they will not receive a refund.

Can our school change our total number of students and adults attending in the months or weeks leading up to the performance?

Yes, you can adjust your numbers as needed, but all changes are subject to ticket availability. All changes must be made by one month prior to the performance date when ticket payment is also due.

For any other questions, please send an email to Open Doors at opendoors@kauffmancenter.org.



Social Service Agencies

We are currently building a network of local social service agencies to help us reach families with Open Doors Community Tickets opportunities. If you are an agency serving families and children in the Kansas City metropolitan area and are interested in learning more about opportunities to participate in Open Doors community Tickets, please email us at opendoors@kauffmancenter.org for more details on how you can participate.