Kansas City's thriving arts scene features multiple resident professional theater companies, nationally respected museums, a resident symphony orchestra, ballet company, and opera company, in addition to art galleries, jazz, dance and chamber groups, outdoor and community theater, and regular performances by touring productions. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, scheduled to open in the fall of 2011, will provide a wide range of performing arts experiences to local, national, and international visitors, in a visually arresting performance venue with state of the art acoustics and theater and lighting equipment. The Crossroads District is home to numerous art galleries and more than 400 artists,. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has garnered international recognition both for the excellence of its collections, and the architecture of its new wing.
The city's flair for sculpture and statuary has manifested itself in its many fountains, leading to its designation as “the city of fountains.” The Kansas City region also boasts two contemporary art museums, the Nerman Museum and the Kemper Museum.
The Kansas City Art Institute is a four-year, independent, fully accredited college of art and design offering the bachelor of fine arts degree in a variety of disciplines. This great institution has a stellar history, dating back to its origins in 1885. The mission of Kansas City Art Institute is to be a leader in visual arts and design education by preparing gifted students for lifelong creativity For more information, please visit the Directory.
Founded in 1957, Kansas City Ballet is a 25-member professional ballet company under the direction of Artistic Director William Whitener and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Kansas City Ballet performs three mixed repertory seasons per year as well as the ever-popular Nutcracker. The company also reaches over 15,000 Kansas City students and adults each year through its community education programs and provides dance training through the Kansas City Ballet School. For more information, please see the Directory.
Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall is Kansas City’s oldest and largest museum of local and regional history. The Museum opened in 1940, located in the former home of Kansas City lumber entrepreneur and philanthropist Robert A. Long.The house was designed by Kansas Citian Henry Hoit in the Beaux Arts style. This French school is renowned for its solid proportions, classical materials and exuberant combinations of architectural style and ornament. For more information, please see the Directory.
The Kansas City Symphony (KCS) was founded by R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., in 1982, just months after the dissolution of the Kansas City Philharmonic. Under Kemper's leadership, the founding trustees of the Symphony created a sound structure for the Board and established the initial endowment. Today, the KCS is a major force in the cultural life of Kansas City and the region. For more information, please see the Directory.
The Kauffman Center’s overriding vision is to enrich the lives of everyone in the community through extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences. The Kauffman Center will be home to resident organizations, the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera, Kansas City Symphony, and other innovative programming embraces a variety of audiences with different tastes, interest and passions. At the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, everyone can have an opportunity to experience excellence. For more information, please see the Directory.
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art opened October 2, 1994. At the core of the permanent collection is the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, a gift by the Museum’s donors R. Crosby Kemper and his wife Bebe Kemper, and the Kemper Foundations. The collection includes works by such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Christian Boltanski, Manuel Neri, Jasper Johns, and Helen Frankenthaler, to name a few. For more information, please see the Directory.
The Lyric Opera of Kansas City is one of the nation's premier regional opera companies, and has 97 different productions (29 American operas) to its credit. Kansas City’s Opera, Ballet and Symphony currently perform in the historic Lyric Theatre. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City exists to enrich the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the region by offering a broad repertoire of professional operatic experiences. For more information, please see the Directory.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen, and many other artists. For more information, please see the Directory.
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is an integral part of Johnson County Community College. And as such, it is a public institution governed by the college and its publicly elected Board of Trustees. The 41,000 square foot Nerman Museum, the largest contemporary art museum in the four state region, hosts 16 temporary exhibitions annually and showcases the Museum’s Oppenheimer Collection. For more information, please see the Directory.
The Spencer Museum of Art, located on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, houses an internationally-known collection currently numbering nearly 36,000 artworks and artifacts in all media. The collection spans the history of European and American art from ancient to contemporary, and includes broad and significant holdings of East Asian art. For more information, please see the Directory.