Regional Audience Celebrates Youth and the Performing Arts in Kansas City at the Fourth Annual Future Stages Festival
**More than 800 Young Performers Featured on Three Kauffman Center Stages During Free Community Event**
KANSAS CITY, MO (June 25, 2017) – Today, the Kauffman Center’s fourth annual Future Stages Festival showcased more than 800 youth artists performing on three Kauffman Center stages, including Saint Luke’s Outdoor Stage, Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall. Nearly 5,000 patrons attended. Twenty-six performing arts organizations headlined the free event that welcomed the entire community.
At this year’s Future Stages Festival, more than one-third of the performances were presented by community groups that had never performed at the Kauffman Center. In addition to the wide range of performance styles featured at the festival, guests also enjoyed more than 20 free arts activities provided by community organizations.
“We are committed to providing young artists opportunities to perform and engage year-round at the Kauffman Center. Future Stages Festival offers young artists the experience of performing at a venue that national and international performers share,” said Kauffman Center President and CEO Paul Schofer. “Opening the Kauffman Center’s doors to visitors of all ages, Future Stages Festival invites all to experience the diversity of the performing arts and shine the spotlight on the talented young performers that are in our community.”
Presented by the Kauffman Center’s Premier Partner, Saint Luke’s Health System, Future Stages Festival is part of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth access program designed to share the Kauffman Center’s stages with a wide range of local artists and youth performers.
In addition to Spotlight on Youth, the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors program offers transportation subsidies for schools to attend matinee programs, provides free community tickets to non-profit agencies, and designs opportunities for students to engage with Kauffman Center staff through workshops and internships.
“Complementing the diverse programming presented throughout the year, the Kauffman Center is dedicated to creating an environment that celebrates its future artists. Placing the arts at the center of our vibrant community fosters creativity and vitality for generations to come,” Schofer said.
Greater Kansas City and its surrounding region is home to thousands of talented youth artists, each with dreams of performing on the big stage. Sharing the stage and spotlight with national and international performers throughout the year, the Kauffman Center is committed to supporting young aspiring Kansas City performers by recognizing their talents at this annual event. Future Stages Festival provides young people from all performing art disciplines and styles the opportunity to perform at Kansas City’s most recognized performing arts venue.
The 2017 Future Stages Festival featured performances by:
5 Star Jazz Band
Ailey Camp – The Group
Crescendo Conservatory – Crescendo in Motion
Grupo Axe Capoeira
Harmony Project KC
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival – Team Shakespeare
House of Dance and BEST NETWORK
Ice Studios School of Dance
Kansas City Ballet School
Kansas City Youth Percussion Ensemble
KC Boys Choir & KC Girls Choir
KC Institute of Chinese Language and Culture Dance Group
Knox Church Celebration Choir
Lily Zhang Li Taylor Dance Academy
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Metropolitan Strings Academy Orchestra
Music Theatre Kansas City, SunRaise
Ottawa Suzuki Strings
Take the Stage Outreach Program
The Pulse Performing Arts Center Competition & Performance Company
The Smithville Ringleaders
Traditional Music Society’s Soundz of Africa Youth Ensemble
United Dance Performers
Arts Activities were provided by:
American Institute of Architects Kansas City
Great American Kites and Events
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Kansas City Ballet
Kansas City Symphony
Kansas City Zoo
KC Chalk and Walk Festival
Keys 4/4 Kids: Pianos on Parade
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Mattie Rhodes Center
Museum at PrairieFire
Saint Luke’s Health System
StoneLion Puppet Theatre
The Last Carnival
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance
ABOUT THE OPEN DOORS PROGRAM
The Kauffman Center 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 acces to programming at the Kauffman Center for youth and families through reduced prices or free tickets.
• The Open Doors Transportation Fund offers funding to schools in the metropolitan area so that bringing students to the Kauffman Center for school matinee performances is more affordable.
More information is available at kauffmancenter.org/open-doors.
ABOUT THE KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a major center for music, opera, theatre, and dance designed by Moshe Safdie, opened in 2011. Serving as a cultural cornerstone for Kansas City and the region, the Kauffman Center delivers extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences. Honored as one of the World’s 15 Most Beautiful Concert Halls, the Kauffman Center attracts some of the world’s most renowned performers and entertainers.
Through educational outreach programs and community enrichment, the Kauffman Center supports Kansas City as a cultural destination. More information on the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is available at www.kauffmancenter.org.
Future Stages Festival is presented by Premier Partner, Saint Luke’s Health System. Funding for Future Stages Festival comes from: Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust; John H. Mize Jr. and Bank of America, N.A. Trustees; Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; the Missouri Arts Council; Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund of the City of Kansas City, MO; JE Dunn Construction; NuWin Care; and Sprint. Festival support is provided by Cumulus Media; KCPT Kids; the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City, MO; and Cosentino’s Downtown Market.