The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is an arts center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, USA, near 16th and near the Power and Light District, displaying, Sprint Center and the Crossroads Arts District. Its construction was a large part of downtown Kansas City’s ongoing redevelopment.
The center was created as a nonprofit organization. Unlike some other major civic construction projects, taxpayer funding has not gone into its construction. Contributes to and manages the parking garage next to the Kansas City Famer Center. It is the center of the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City’s Lyric Opera Para and the Kansas City Ballet, which previously performed at the Lyric Theater, eight blocks from the center. The Kauffman Center has two unique display venues: the Muriel Kauffman Theater and Helzberg Hall.
According to its website, the Kauffman Center’s mission is to “enrich the lives of communities across the region, country and world through experiences of extraordinary and diverse performing arts”. The Kauffman Center strives to accomplish this mission by presenting a wide selection of exhibits and by providing specialized programs to engage youth in the Kansas City area. Muriel McBrien Kauffman discussed his idea for a performing arts center in Kansas City with his family and community in 1994. The year after her death, her daughter and president of the Muriel Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, Julia Irene Kauffman, began moving to the project. A feasibility study was conducted in 1997; it culminated in a report that gave Julia Irene Kauffman and the rest of the board a practical foundation on which they could begin to build Muriel Kauffman’s vision.