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The Kauffman Center is dedicated to creating unprecedented access to arts experiences for young people in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

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

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Kauffman Center Presents

National Geographic Live!
Steve Winter presenting On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars and Snow Leopards

  • Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 at 10:30 am

All tickets: FREE
Recommended for: 5th grade and older
Length: Approximately 1 hour

Go around the world in search of big cats with award-winning photographer Steve Winter. A determined explorer, Winter will lead you from Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, to the Himalaya, home of the rare snow leopard. Co-author of the new National Geographic book Tigers Forever, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cars while working to save them.

This performance is not eligible for bus reimbursement.

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National Geographic Live!
Kevin Hand presenting The Search for Life Beyond Earth

  • Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 at 10:30 am

All tickets: FREE
Recommended for: 5th grade and older
Length: Approximately 1 hour

Astrobiologist Kevin Hand is searching for life beyond Earth, designing instruments that will travel to Jupiter’s moon Europa in search of primitive forms of life. His work often takes him out of the lab, visiting some of the world’s most forbidding environments to investigate how microbes survive under extreme conditions. Don’t miss this firsthand report on the search for real extraterrestrials.

This performance is not eligible for bus reimbursement.

Follow the link to apply for tickets:

Ticket Form

+Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Any school in the five-county metropolitan Kansas City area can apply to receive free seats for students and chaperones to attend National Geographic Live school matinees. Homeschool groups are also welcome to apply for free seats to the National Geographic Live school matinees.

How will National Geographic Live student matinee applications be approved?

Application approval for students to attend the National Geographic Live school matinees is based on the following guidelines:

1.) Date of application. Groups that apply early are given priority over group’s that apply close to the performance dates in spring.
2.) Space in the venue. We have limited space for groups to attend these performances, and applications will be evaluated based on group size.
3.) All public schools with 40% or more of their students participating in the free and reduced lunch program (commonly called Title 1 schools) will be given priority when evaluating applications.
4.) A designated portion of the available seats (approximately 20%) will be set aside for homeschool groups to attend National Geographic Live student matinees.

How long will it take to review my application?

Applications will be processed as they are received and approvals sent to the teacher within 2-3 weeks. Groups that are not initially approved to attend a National Geographic Live student matinee will be added to a waiting list in case seats become available.

Are the National Geographic Live student matinees eligible for the Open Doors Transportation Fund?

Each year, there will be over twenty eligible school matinee performances, listed under the School Matinees tab on the header. Those that qualify for the Open Doors Transportation Fund are noted. Please be aware that National Geographic Live matinees do not qualify, despite their presence on the matinee schedule.

What if my group receives approval to attend a National Geographic Live 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. National Geographic Live student matinees are popular with a wide range of students, and we would like to make any released seats available to the next school group on the waiting list.



Social Service Agencies

We are currently building a network of local social service agencies to help us reach families with Open Doors Community Ticket Fund 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.