An experience at the Kauffman Center begins the moment you arrive, with a convenient, well-lit parking garage, owned and operated by the City of Kansas City, Missouri. The garage is directly attached to the Kauffman Center just south of the building with multiple access points to surrounding streets. Parking for performance events is $8 cash at the Arts District Garage. On non-event days, parking is free for the first 30 minutes and $5 for any duration beyond 30 minutes. Additionally, valet parking service is available on performance evenings for $17 cash.
Audiences can enter the Kauffman Center underground, avoiding inclement weather. There will be ample sidewalks, and elevators to and from the parking garage. During good weather, guests can choose to stroll to the Center on top of the garage, through a landscaped green space.
Parking in the Arts District garage and the surrounding area is limited, and patrons are encouraged to arrive early and park early. Click here to view a PDF map of surrounding parking options.
Artwork in the Garage
Through Kansas City’s One Percent for Art Program, a public art project is part of the garage’s design. The piece, Terpsichore for Kansas City embraces the notion that, in addition to the practicality of parking automobiles, a garage might also serve as an innovative and inspiring musical and visual instrument; an original, experiential device for the pleasure of people moving through the garage, particularly those going to and coming from performances at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
When visitors exit their vehicles anywhere in the garage, they will hear unique music playing from the ceiling. As they pass through the garage toward one of the exits, or the main garage stairway, they’ll notice that the music is unique to the space – one of three original compositions created specifically for the garage by composers David Moulton, Kansas City’s Bobby Watson, and Roberta Vacca.
As visitors approach the center piece of the artwork – a four-story “light organ” situated in the central stair tower of the garage – they’ll see that the lights moving up and down inside the seven acrylic tubes is choreographed to the music. The artwork will provide enjoyment for passersby and an enjoyable and inspiring transition for those coming to or who have just enjoyed a performance a the Kauffman Center.
Terpsichore for Kansas City was created by the artist team of Mags Harries and Lajos Heder. They were selected through a national competition by a panel comprised of stakeholders, citizens, City staff, and arts professionals.