FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 16th, 2016
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to Receive
National Endowment for the Arts Grant
** The NEA Awards More than $30 Million Across the Nation Including a recommended grant to Kauffman Center in Support of the Center’s
4th Annual Future Stages Festival on June 25th.**
Kansas City, MO — National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in support of the fourth annual Future Stages Festival to be held on June 25, 2017. The Art Works grant category focuses 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 the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”
“This third straight year of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts provides a welcome seal of approval for the Kauffman Center’s arts education efforts. The NEA grant makes it possible for us to reach out to identify a diverse group of 700+ young artists and facilitate them to perform on our stages. This funding helps the Kauffman Center provide a special way to connect with the entire community through a free event that thousands of people now look forward to with anticipation every year. The NEA encourages its applicants to create new ways to connect the community with the arts. Future Stages Festival does just that by shining a spotlight on the incredible and varied talents of our youngest artists “stated Paul Schofer, President & CEO of Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Future Stages Festival will be held at the Kauffman Center on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 11 am – 4 pm. The free one-day festival invites youth and families to experience a diverse range of performances and interactive 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.
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/futurestagesto receive the latest event updates and schedule for performances and activities.
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 program inspires and nurtures the next generation of artists by giving young performers the opportunity to perform on the stages of the Kauffman Center.
The Open Doors Community Ticket Fund offers access to programming at the Kauffman Center for youth and families through reduced price 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.
ABOUT THE KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a major center for music, opera, theater, 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. Recently 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.
More information on the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is available at www.kauffmancenter.org.
To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEAFall16. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov.
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