What Makes A Great City? A Downtown Arts Campus

What Makes a Great City? A Downtown Arts Campus
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
 6:30pm @ Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, 14 W 10th Street

Imagine a Downtown Campus for the Arts with more than 600 music, dance and visual art students studying, exhibiting, performing, living and playing in Downtown Kansas City.

Imagine a campus that embraces many of Kansas City’s most respected cultural institutions, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, the Kansas City Art Institute, and others.

Imagine the possibilities… and their beneficial impact on Downtown.

Join Peter Witte, Dean of UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, Jacqueline Chanda, President of Kansas City Art Institute, and Jerry Allen, The Cultural Planning Group and consultant to the Mayor’s task Force for the Arts, as they envision a future for the arts in Downtown Kansas City.  Mike Burke, chairman of the Mayor’s Task Force on the Arts, will moderate this discussion of the formal and informal connections between technology, the arts and creativity. The conversation will range from the practical to the visionary.

“In an era of the arts, how might UMKC’s students engage with a renewed city center?” asks Peter Witte, in a recent column in The Kansas City Star. “By some estimates, Kansas City has invested more than $6 billion in development since 2000. Of that, more than $1.57 billion was dedicated to arts, cultural and entertainment facilities. How do we activate these investments and ensure their vibrancy for generations to come?”

This panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, September 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Kansas City Public Library Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium.

Art in the Loop Foundation, the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City Public Library, the Municipal Art Commission of Kansas City and the UMKC Conservatory of Dance and Music will co-sponsor this event.

RSVP  to the Kansas City Public Library at http://www.kclibrary.org/event/vision-downtown-arts-campus or call 816-701-3407.