Kauffman Center Invites You to FREE Future Stages Festival on Sunday, June 22nd

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Future Stages Festival is open to the public on Sunday June 22 from Noon – 5 pm. All ages are welcome. No tickets are required.

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Parking information:
The most convenient parking for Future Stages Festival will be available in the Arts District Garage, directly attached to the Kauffman Center just south of the building with multiple access points to surrounding streets. Parking will cost $7. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early and park early. Click here to view a PDF map of surrounding parking options, provided by the Downtown Council of Kansas City.

Since opening in September of 2011, more than one million visitors have experienced an event at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. To celebrate this milestone, Kauffman Center is hosting a new, free community event: Future Stages Festival.

Future Stages Festival will be held at the Kauffman Center on Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 12 pm – 5pm. The festival invites youth and families to experience a diverse range of performance and interactive arts activities. The one-day festival, an extension of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program, will also provide opportunities for youth and community arts organizations to perform on stage at Kauffman Center.

Muriel Kauffman Theatre photo by Eric Bowers Small“We are committed to encouraging students and young artists to participate in creative endeavors. Future Stages Festival will provide opportunities for future artists to take center stage at the Kauffman Center,” stated Jane Chu, former President & CEO of Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.




Future Stages Festival Features Performances by:

5 Star Jazz Band (North Kansas City, MO)
City in Motion Children’s Dance Theater (Kansas City, MO)
Dr. Jan Kraybill (Independence, MO)
Global Rhythm Project of the Music/Arts Institute (Independence, MO)
The GRAMMY Museum’s Music Revolution Project (Metro-wide)
Heart of America Youth Ballet (Lee’s Summit, MO)
Kansas Bluegrass Association “Treblemakers” (Wichita, KS)
Kansas City Ballet’s ROAD Program Interactive Dance Class with Sean Duus & Ken Lovern (Kansas City, MO)
Kansas City Symphony Chamber Ensemble (Kansas City, MO)
Kansas City Young Audiences Community School of the Arts Dance Students (Kansas City, MO)
Lawrence Children’s Choir (Lawrence, KS)
Legacy School of the Arts (Olathe, KS)
Lucia Aerial Performing Arts (Leawood, KS)
The Metropolitan Strings Academy’s “Advanced Chamber Strings Orchestra” (Olathe, KS)
Miller Marley Entertainers (Overland Park, KS)
O’Riada Manning Academy of Irish Dance (Shawnee, KS)
Ottawa Suzuki Strings (Ottawa, KS)
Quixotic School of Performing Arts (Kansas City, MO)
Rock School KC (Olathe, KS)
Sinag-tala Performing Arts Troupe of Greater Kansas City (Overland Park, KS)
StoneLion Puppet Theatre (Kansas City, MO)
Soundz of Africa Dance Ensemble (Kansas City, MO)
Voices of Change- Young Men’s Choir (Kansas City, KS)
Starlight STARS of Tomorrow (Kansas City, MO)

Interactive Arts Activities and More by

American Institute of Architects Kansas City – Learn how architects were involved in the design of Kauffman Center and participate in a design arts drawing project.
The GRAMMY Museum – Learn about GRAMMY Museum programs here in KC and get hands on to create your own instrument.
Kansas City Kite Club – Watch dazzling kite displays by the Kansas City Kite Club and participate in a kite making activity.
Kansas City Symphony’s Instrument Petting Zoo: Discover orchestral instruments through the Symphony’s Instrument Petting Zoo where kids can touch and play instruments under the guidance of Symphony staff and volunteers. Open from 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Prop-a-palooza: Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Prop Master, Debbie Morgan, will give an insider’s look at how props are made! Learn how to make your own prop during presentations at 12:30, 1:45, 3:00 and 4:15 p.m.
Perform and Play with Lyric Opera of Kansas City: Learn to be an opera star with interactive theater games, vocal exercises and more! Classes at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Mattie Rhodes Center: Join Mattie Rhodes staff and volunteers to create Mexican Tissue Paper Flowers and learn about other cultural arts activities.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Participate in a visual arts activity in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park.

Please note, schedule and activities subject to change.

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