Wednesday, May 18, 2011

KCYA to Host New Arts Festival Saturday

Kansas City Young Audiences will host first Arts Festival this Saturday at KC Power & Light District
Event to include live performances and interactive workshops

Kansas City, MO. – Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA), the region’s largest provider of arts education and experiences, is celebrating 50 years of opening a window to the arts for the youth of Greater Kansas City. As part of the year-long celebration, KCYA will host the Young Audiences Arts Festival on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to kick off the Sprint Family Fun Series at the Kansas City Power and Light District. This free event will feature performances and interactive workshops by KCYA Teaching Artists and Arts Partners.

Activities will take place on two stages between Main Street and Walnut Street. Artists who will perform on the main KC Live Stage include Paul Mesner Puppets, Jim Cosgrove & the Hiccups, Traditional Music Society, Mauricio Salguero, Tri-Percussion, The Coterie Theatre and the Turpin-Tyme Ragsters. The Elements Stage will feature interactive workshops and performances that will have the audience up and moving. Workshops include a modern dance workshop presented by KC Friends of Alvin Ailey, a ballet workshop featuring Community School of the Arts students and Teaching Artist Kim Shope, the Anderson family Band and a student performance and workshop by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.

The festival is made possible by funding from the Neighborhood Tourism Development Fund, a grant provided by the city to promote cultural events in Kansas City and help drive tourism.

The formal 50th Anniversary Celebration will be Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, opening later this year. The event will feature a performance by a well-known artist, to be announced very soon.

About KCYA
Founded in 1961, KCYA’s original mission was to bring classical music programs to area school children. Since that time, KCYA has expanded to deliver programs in all arts disciplines including music, dance, theatre, creative writing and visual arts through partnerships with professional Teaching Artists and Arts Partners. KCYA provides arts education programs to schools and operates the Community School of the Arts, which gives children the opportunity to further explore their own artistic and creative abilities beyond the regular school day. Serving more than 178 thousand children each year and more than 5 million in its history, KCYA is the largest provider of arts programs in the Kansas City area and one of the largest members of the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network.

KCYA is located at 5601 Wyandotte, on the campus of St. Teresa’s Academy.

For more information, visit or call (816) 531-4022. KCYA also can be found on Facebook at or Twitter at

5601 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64113

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