NEA Awards Grant to the Kauffman Center for Future Stages Festival 2018

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to receive $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA award, among 1,023 grants annually, will support the Kauffman Center’s
5th annual Future Stages Festival on June 10th

Youth performers at the 2017 Future Stages Festival. Photo by Jillian Shoptaw.

Photo by Jillian Shoptaw

Kansas City, MO—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $25,000 to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This award is the largest NEA grant awarded to the Kauffman Center in support of Future Stages Festival. The festival is a free community event that provides opportunities for future artists to take center stage at the Kauffman Center. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

The fifth Future Stages Festival will be held at the Kauffman Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2018. The free, one-day festival invites youth and families to experience a diverse range of performances and arts activities. Future Stages Festival, an extension of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program, also provides opportunities for youth and community arts organizations to perform on stage at the Kauffman Center. Since the festival began in 2014, more than 2,500 Kansas City-area youth artists from 60 arts organizations have been featured on Kauffman Center stages.

Presented by Saint Luke’s Health System, Future Stages Festival is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to register at kauffmancenter.org/futurestages to receive the latest event updates and schedule for performances and activities.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

Youth ballet dancers perform at the 2017 Future Stages Festival at the Kauffman Center.

Photo by Cody Boston

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Miranda Sings to Perform on March 25

Miranda Sings joins 2017-2018 Kauffman Center Presents series

The internet comedy sensation and YouTube star played by actress Colleen Ballinger
will perform Sunday, March 25 in Muriel Kauffman Theatre

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Miranda Sings Live ... Your Welcome - Sunday, March 25, 2018 at the Kauffman Center

Kansas City, MO – Today, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts announced that YouTube comedy star Miranda Sings will bring her Miranda Sings Live … Your Welcome tour to Muriel Kauffman Theatre on Sunday, March 25. This event is part of the 2017-2018 Kauffman Center Presents series.

Miranda Sings – a character played by actress, comedian and singer Colleen Ballinger – has become an international phenomenon whose YouTube channel has garnered more than 8 million devoted subscribers and over 1 billion views. Ballinger created the character as a satire of bad but arrogant singers who believe that posting their videos on YouTube will lead to them breaking into show business. The eccentric, narcissistic yet endearing character is known for her overdrawn red lips, questionable advice about singing and life, a deluded self-confidence and over-the-top rants about her family and personal problems.

Tickets for Miranda Sings Live … Your Welcome range from $39 to $89 plus applicable fees, and are on sale now. Performance tickets including a VIP meet-and-greet with Miranda Sings are available. Tickets are available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222, via the Kauffman Center mobile app, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org.

ABOUT MIRANDA SINGS

Colleen Ballinger has appeared as Miranda Sings on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. As the success of Miranda Sings took off, Colleen began performing live as the character in cabaret venues and theaters, before eventually taking the act on the road in both national and international sold-out tours.

With her New York Times No. 1 bestselling book Selp Helf, and the hour-long comedy special inspired by it, Colleen’s eccentric alter ego continues to grow beyond her YouTube channel. Ballinger served as a writer, executive producer and star of the Netflix original series Haters Back Off!, which premiered in October 2016 and ran for two seasons.

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Colleen Ballinger (left), and Ballinger in character as Miranda Sings (right).
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Yoga at the Kauffman Center

Yoga at the Kauffman Center

Saturday, March 10 and April 21 | 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Brandmeyer Great Hall

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On Saturday, March 10 and Saturday, April 21, the Kauffman Center and Premier Partner Saint Luke’s Health System 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. Each session will begin with a short presentation by a Saint Luke’s medical professional, followed by instructor-led yoga in the grand lobby space. An intermediate level yoga flow will be featured at the 8:30 a.m. classes, and guests can experience a yoga foundations class at the 10 a.m. classes. 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 kauffmancenter.org. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, January 26. Each ticket includes admission to one yoga session and a souvenir gift. 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.

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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Diana Krall to perform on June 16

Diana Krall to perform at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Jazz singer, pianist and multiple GRAMMY Award-winner Diana Krall will play in Muriel Kauffman Theatre on Saturday, June 16; the concert is part of the 2017-2018 Kauffman Center Presents series

Tickets on sale 1/26

Kansas City, MO – Jazz singer Diana Krall brings her Turn Up The Quite World Tour 2018 to the Muriel Kauffman Theatre on Saturday, June 16. This event is part of the 2017-2018 Kauffman Center Presents series, and is presented in partnership with Mammoth.

A multiple GRAMMY Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned vocalist, Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. Krall’s tour will feature material from her new album, Turn Up The Quiet, as well as fan favorites.

Tickets for this event range from $45 to $185 plus applicable fees, and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26. 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.

ABOUT DIANA KRALL

GRAMMY Award-winning jazz star Diana Krall was just 15 when she started her musical career, playing piano for diners at restaurants in her British Columbian hometown. To date, Krall’s albums have garnered five GRAMMY Awards, eight JUNO Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. Her 2017 solo album, Turn Up The Quiet, has earned critical praise. MOJO Magazine called the new album “spectacular” and said Krall was “on top form.” People Magazine said, “Diana Krall’s new music will have fans falling for her all over again.”

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David Byrne to Perform on June 7

David Byrne to Perform at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Iconic singer and artist Byrne brings his American Utopia Tour to Muriel Kauffman Theatre on June 7;
the concert is part of the 2017-2018 Kauffman Center Presents series

Tickets On Sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 23

David Byrne - June 7, 2018, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Kansas City, MO – Today, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts announced that iconic rock singer and songwriter David Byrne will perform in Muriel Kauffman Theatre on Thursday, June 7. Byrne comes to Kansas City as part of his American Utopia Tour. This event is part of the 2017-2018 Kauffman Center Presents series.

Best known as the singer and guitarist behind the pioneering new wave band Talking Heads, David Byrne also works as a solo artist, film director, author and photographer. As part of the American Utopia Tour, Byrne will be performing songs from his upcoming album, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads. Byrne will take the stage with a 12-piece band for a choreographed concert that he has called, “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”

Tickets for David Byrne: American Utopia Tour range from $54 to $194 plus applicable fees, and go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. Every ticket purchased online for David Byrne will include a CD of the new album American Utopia, released on March 9, 2018. Ticket buyers will receive instructions via email on how to redeem the album shortly after ticket purchase. 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.

ABOUT DAVID BYRNE

David Byrne was the lead singer for the band Talking Heads from 1975 to 1991. His hits with Talking Heads include “Psycho Killer,” “Burning Down the House” and “Once in a Lifetime.” Byrne has won accolades for a range of work, including an Academy Award for his score to the film The Last Emperor, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Talking Heads. More recently, Byrne has released full-length music collaborations with Brian Eno, St. Vincent and Fatboy Slim. American Utopia, Byrne’s first solo album in 14 years, is due out in March 2018.

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