DESCRIPTION: With an architectural design as unique and harmonious as its wide spectrum of performances, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a jewel of Kansas City. Featuring the technologically advanced Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall, this 285,000-square-foot glass and stainless steel work of art is praised by both attendees and world-renowned performers and artists as the pinnacle of performing arts centers.
ADDRESS: 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. 64108
LOCATION: Downtown Kansas City steps away from the Convention Center.
WEB SITE: www.kauffmancenter.org
HOURS: Performance time and dates vary. Please see website for more information.
BOX OFFICE HOURS: Please visit kauffmancenter.org/visit for box office hours.
ADMISSION: Public tours for individuals and small groups are $5 per person, reservations required. Private group tours and individual event ticket pricing may vary. Email email@example.com for more information.
HISTORY: Though its doors only officially opened in late 2011, the creation of the Kauffman Center was more than a decade in the works. The idea of a performing arts center in Kansas City was first discussed by the late Muriel McBrien Kauffman as early as 1994. One year later, daughter and Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation Chairman, Julia Irene Kauffman, began exploring the project. Five years later in 2000, after carefully choosing a location in the heart of downtown Kansas City, renowned architect Moshe Safdie was selected to design the facility. Five years after the center’s breaking of ground in 2006, Kauffman Center celebrated its grand opening in September 2011.
WHERE TO GET LUNCH: Visitors will find numerous restaurants and dining experiences to suit any budget within the vibrant districts of Kansas City. Eat at Michael Smith, Lidia's, Corvino, Lulu's Thai Shop. The Kauffman Center now offers pre-performance dining at the venue. https://www.kauffmancenter.org/the-center/dining/
WHAT’S NEARBY: Located just south of the Kauffman Center lawn, the Crossroads Arts District is an artistic downtown neighborhood where once-vacant warehouses now house a variety of eclectic, locally-owned boutiques, unique restaurants and a thriving arts scene.
DID YOU KNOW: Moshe Safdie drew his first sketch of the Kauffman Center on a napkin while meeting with Julia Irene Kauffman at The American Restaurant in 2000.
DON’T FORGET: Experience the visual spectacles displayed in the Art District Garage, featuring Terpsichore for Kansas City, a public art project through KC’s One Percent for Art Program. As visitors approach the center piece of the artwork—a four-story “light organ” situated in the central stair tower of the garage—they’ll see that the lights moving up and down inside the seven acrylic tubes is choreographed to music.
GROUP TOURS: Public tours for individuals and small groups are $5 per person, reservations required. Private group tours and individual event ticket pricing may vary. Book online, here.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the Kansas City Streetcar to the Kauffman Center stop (16th & Main).
From the north: Take I-35 North, exit on West Pennway. Head east one block to Washington. Continue north to 17th Street and then east to the Kauffman Center.
From the south: Take I-35 South, exit on 20th Street. Head east to Broadway then north to the Kauffman Center.
From the east: Take I-670 East to I-35 South, exit on 20th Street. Head east to Broadway then north to the Kauffman Center.
From the west: Take 1-70 West, exit on 13th Street or Locust/Truman Road. Continue west to Baltimore. Continue south to 17th Street and then west to the Kauffman Center.
PARKING: The Arts District parking garage, immediately south of – and underneath – the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is the primary parking garage for Kansas City Ballet patrons. Event parking is $10 per car and is accessible from the east and south sides of the complex. Additional neighboring lots charge $5 to $10 to park. Street parking is metered but not enforced after 6 p.m., so arrive early to acquire those spots. Valet parking is also available for $18 in advance or $20 at the door. A benefit of being a subscriber is having the option of purchasing a season parking pass that will ensure a space in the Arts District garage. A parking pass with a 3-show subscription only costs $30 ($54 valet) for the season.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Bess Wallerstein-Huff, director of marketing, 816-994-7222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.