Kauffman Center Announces New Relationship with PNC Bank

PNC Bank Announced as New Multi-Year Sponsor of the
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The Kauffman Center and PNC Bank recently announced a new relationship. Photo by Tim Hursley.

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts announced today a new relationship with PNC Bank. The announcement positions PNC as the Kauffman Center’s exclusive bank sponsor for the next three years.  The relationship will feature PNC as the exclusive bank sponsor for the Kauffman Center’s Ensemble business membership program and a new art installation at the Center.  In addition, PNC will be a key sponsor of the Kauffman Center’s programming series Kauffman Center Presents.

A unique feature of the sponsorship will include the 2018 debut of the PNC Grow Up Great Children’s Wall, a new colorful visual art installation in the Kauffman Center which will include handprints provided by local preschoolers. The wall complements PNC’s signature philanthropic initiative, PNC Grow Up Great, which is focused on early childhood education and school readiness for preschoolers in underserved communities.

Today’s announcement with the Kauffman Center serves as one of the most significant community relationships PNC has formed since expanding its presence in the Kansas City region earlier this year. In January, PNC implemented its regional president service model to enhance its efforts to deliver corporate banking services and invest in local philanthropic initiatives.

“The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is recognized as a world class home for arts and cultural events. This new sponsorship reflects PNC’s long history of supporting arts and culture across all of the regions where we live and work,” said Dale Klose, PNC Regional President for greater Kansas City. “The arts and culture play a significant role in driving local economic growth. Together with the Kauffman Center, we want to contribute to the success of the arts community and the Kansas City region as a whole.”

The economic impact of cultural organizations, such as the Kauffman Center, on their local communities is substantial. Research conducted by Americans for the Arts this year estimates that spending by cultural audiences in Kansas City alone exceeds $96.5 million.

“Our relationship with PNC Bank strengthens the Kauffman Center’s role to provide year-round quality performing arts experiences. We are looking forward to working with PNC, an established and respected financial institution whose profile and philanthropic interests, both locally and nationally, align so well with those of the Kauffman Center,” said Paul Schofer, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. “We are excited to further connect audiences with performances and events at the Kauffman Center, which enrich our cultural heritage and make the city an even more attractive destination for visitors, businesses and the community overall.”

About PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

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Introducing Yoga at the Kauffman Center

Yoga at the Kauffman Center

Saturday, October 7 and November 18 | 8:30AM and 10AM

Brandmeyer Great Hall

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The Kauffman Center for Performing Arts and Premier Partner Saint Luke’s Health System are introducing a new event intended to further expand both organizations’ efforts to serve and enhance the lives of people in Kansas City.

Yoga at Kauffman Center

On Saturday, October 7 and Saturday, November 18, the organizations will host Yoga at the Kauffman Center. There will be two 60-minute sessions in Brandmeyer Great Hall each day, at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Participants will be activated in mind, body and spirit as a Saint Luke’s medical professional will kick-off each session followed by a vinyasa flow yoga workout led by instructor Heather Rama. Local artists will provide live music, incorporating the performing arts into the yoga practice.

Tickets for Yoga at the Kauffman Center are $15 per session, including fees, and are available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org. Each ticket includes admission to one yoga session and a souvenir water bottle. Attendees must bring their own yoga mat and will be asked to sign a waiver when they purchase a ticket to this event.

Yoga at the Kauffman Center is the latest event that Kauffman Center and Premier Partner Saint Luke’s Health System have brought to the community. Since announcing the three-year partnership in November 2016, the two organizations have worked to connect and engage visitors of the Kauffman Center in new, creative ways.

“The Kauffman Center provides performing arts experiences to stimulate the mind and creativity, while Saint Luke’s provides care and services for a healthy body. The two work together, playing an important role in a person’s overall wellbeing,” said Paul Schofer, CEO and President of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. “Hosting yoga at the Center with a live musical performance invites the community to be active in the mind, body and spirit.”

ABOUT SAINT LUKE’S HEALTH SYSTEM

Saint Luke’s Health System consists of 10 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, the Saint Luke’s mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.

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Open Doors Program Continues Connecting the Community to the Performing Arts

Kauffman Center celebrates Open Doors program successes in the past year

StoneLion Puppet Theatre has fun with guests at Future Stages Festival. Photo by Jillian Shoptaw.

StoneLion Puppet Theatre has fun with guests at the Kauffman Center’s fourth annual Future Stages Festival. Photo by Jillian Shoptaw.

The Kauffman Center’s Open Doors program connects young people to the arts through three major components:

  • The Open Doors Spotlight on Youth initiative contains several programs that inspire and nurture the next generation of artists, arts patrons and arts professionals with access to the Kauffman Center’s staff, stages and resources.
  • The Open Doors Community Tickets program offers access to programming at the Kauffman Center for youth and families through reduced prices or free tickets.
  • The Open Doors Transportation Fund offers bus funding to schools in the metropolitan area so bringing students to the Kauffman Center for school matinee performances is more affordable.

The Kauffman Center has been creating new programming and reaching new audiences through these initiatives since opening in 2011. Over the course of the past year, however, the Open Doors program has shown particular growth, and the Kauffman Center is proud to consistently engage the community while serving schools, students, and families through a wide range of programs.

Visitors participate in a Kansas City Ballet workshop on the Community Partner Stage at Future Stages Festival 2017

Visitors participate in a Kansas City Ballet workshop at Future Stages Festival 2017. Photo by Mason Kilpatrick.

As part of the Spotlight on Youth initiative, the fourth annual Future Stages Festival in June 2017 showcased more than 800 youth artists performing on the stages in Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Helzberg Hall and on Saint Luke’s Outdoor Stage, constructed specifically for this festival. Nearly 5,000 guests attended the free event.

The festival featured many new elements this year including a Community Partner Stage where attendees were encouraged to participate in the festival’s art through dance workshops, drum circles, and even acrobatic displays. Guests were also invited to explore more than 20 available arts activities in between enjoying performances. In addition, the festival performer experience was heightened this year through, additional rehearsal time, backstage volunteer assistance and even a commemorative  gift for each performer to take home.

Through the Open Doors Community Tickets program, nearly 800 tickets were given out to the community last year. Since the Kauffman Center’s opening in 2011, the program has provided more than 2,000 tickets. Among many other community partners, Cornerstones of Care – Healthy Families, FosterAdopt Connect, Ozanam Pathways and Jewish Vocational Services are some of the agencies that the Kauffman Center engages regularly through this program.

Buses line up for another student matinee at the Kauffman Center. Photo by Sandy Woodson.

Buses line up for another student matinee at the Kauffman Center. Photo by Sandy Woodson.

Since the 2011 Kauffman Center grand opening, more than 250,000 students have attended a performance in the building, and the Open Doors Transportation Fund has assisted in transporting 131,000 students from the Kansas City metropolitan area. Last year, the fund provided this assistance to approximately 22,000 students from more than 200 local schools

UPCOMING OPEN DOORS OPPORTUNITIES

The Kauffman Center annually hosts the wildly popular National Geographic Live school matinee series, and this year is no exception. The matinees during the spring semester will feature underwater photographer Brian Skerry on Tuesday January 9, 2018; wildlife photographer Florian Schulz on Tuesday, February 6, 2018; and marine biologist/photographer Cristina Mittermeier on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Teachers can get more details and request tickets here. In addition, teachers can apply for transportation assistance funding to attend these matinees here.

The 5th annual Future Stages Festival will be held Sunday, June 10, 2018. This fun and free community event features youth performers from a wide range of performing arts styles. School choirs, bands, and theater groups are encouraged to submit an application to perform. Performance applications for the 2018 festival will open on the Kauffman Center’s website near the end of 2017.

Click here to find out more about the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors programming.

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Bassem Youssef coming to the Kauffman Center on November 26

Bassem Youssef: The Joke Is Mightier Than The Sword

Political satirist to perform in Muriel Kauffman Theatre on November 26

Bassem Youssef photo by Yehia Elzeiny

Kansas City, MO – Bassem Youssef, dubbed “the Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” will perform at the Kauffman Center on Sunday, November 26.

Bassem Youssef was the creator and host of the wildly popular TV show Al-Bernameg – the first political satire show in the Middle East and the most watched program in the region from 2011 to 2014 with 30 million viewers every week. In The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword, Youssef shares his personal story.

Tickets for the event range from $39 to $79 plus applicable fees, and are available now at tickets.kauffmancenter.org. Tickets also are available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222 and via the Kauffman Center mobile app.

ABOUT BASSEM YOUSSEF

Bassem Youssef was a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon in Egypt when he became the creator and host of popular TV show Al-Bernameg. Throughout its three seasons Al-Bernameg was controversial for its hilarious and bold criticism of ruling powers.  Accused of insulting political leaders, Youssef was arrested and interrogated before being released on bail. During its final season, the show achieved unprecedented ratings before Youssef announced its termination due to overwhelming political pressures.

In The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword, Youssef shares his personal story and his thoughts on the political climate that led to the Arab Spring, its parallels to the current state of American politics and how propaganda lays the foundation for dictatorial regimes.

Learn more about Bassem Youssef in this bio video from Pomegranate Arts:

Hear about Bassem Youssef in this recent interview with National Public Radio: Interview with NPR’s “Fresh Air” – February 2016

Photo by Yehia Elzeiny

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Rupi Kaur coming to the Kauffman Center on October 16

An Evening with Rupi Kaur

Poet brings her book tour to Helzberg Hall on October 16

Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 15

Rupi Kaur will be at the Kauffman Center October 16. Photo by Baljit Singh.

 

Poet Rupi Kaur brings the book tour for her upcoming release, the sun and her flowers, to Helzberg Hall on Monday, October 16.

Kaur is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of two collections of poetry. Tickets for the event are $28.50 plus applicable fees, and include a copy of the sun and her flowers. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, September 15. This event is presented in partnership with Andrew McMeel Universal and Rainy Day Books.

Tickets will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org. Get your tickets here.

ABOUT RUPI KAUR

Rupi Kaur published her first collection of poems, milk and honey, in 2014. The internationally acclaimed collection sold well over a million copies, gracing the New York Times bestsellers list every week for over a year. It has since been translated into more than 30 languages.

Kaur started drawing at the age of five when her mother handed her a paintbrush and said, “Draw your heart out.” Kaur views her life as an exploration of that artistic journey.

Kaur’s long-awaited second collection, the sun and her flowers, will be released in October 2017. Through this collection Kaur continues to explore a variety of themes including love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration and revolution. Divided into five chapters, the highly anticipated collection guides readers on a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming in a celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year 
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom

TEDxKC 2016 – “I’m Taking My Body Back”

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