Kansas City’s embrace of art traces to the late 19th century and, unsurprisingly, William Rockhill Nelson. Intent on instilling cultural refinement in his budding metropolis, The Kansas City Star co-founder donated a collection of oil reproductions, casts of sculptures and some 500 framed photographs to the Kansas City Art Association in 1896. It gave birth […]
In the mid-1960s, Kansas City was having an arts crisis. Two of its longtime arts presenters were going out of business, and that meant the city was in danger of losing the cultural enrichment of live arts performances.
We are in a new era, where museums must maintain a digital presence. The online experience must be equal in quality to visiting the physical space. We are looking at audience engagement from a new lens, recognizing the digital access needs of our audience. Prioritizing accessibility in the presentation of art has always been a […]
Hi, I’m Clint Ashlock, and I’m the artistic director of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. As you may know, we usually put on concerts at the Kauffman Center, play for dances at Union Station, and generally try to spread the news of big band jazz music however we can. Well, as a musical organization who […]
It’s been a heck of a spring, for sure. We at the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra can’t wait to get back onstage and play some great big band jazz for all of you. Today we just wanted to drop a line briefly running through what we’ve got planned for when we hit the bandstand this […]
For a number of years, the Academy at the UMKC Conservatory has been the bridge between the national reputation and excellence of the Conservatory and the musical needs of our Kansas City community and beyond.