UMKC has long been at the heart of nurturing culture in Kansas City through its renowned programs in music and dance, theater and visual arts. But now it’s considering a bold move that could take the university literally into the heart of our great city – by building a new Downtown Campus for the Arts in Kansas City.

Why now?

Downtown Kansas City is undergoing an arts renaissance. For evidence, look no farther than the gleaming Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts or the Todd Bolender Center for Dance. Both have helped transform our local arts landscape, energized arts patrons and catapulted our city to national attention.

Big 5

Local leaders saw the potential when they named a downtown arts campus to the Greater Kansas City Area Chamber of Commerce list of the “Big Five Ideas.” A campus close to the emerging cultural district could be mutually beneficial for UMKC and the entire region. Downtown Kansas City would gain added vibrancy with a constant population of 18- to 35-year-olds ready to learn, live and perform there, while UMKC’s heralded arts programs would gain great opportunities to offer much-needed improvements to its facilities.

That’s not all. UMKC leaders believe a downtown arts campus could offer new and creative ways to integrate culture into the curriculum of every student, enhancing their education and creating the next generation of arts lovers in our region.

But no great idea can take flight without deep study to make sure the excitement has a solid foundation. This website will share information during UMKC’s exploration process. Feasibility and economic studies are currently under way. We invite you to return often to see what we learn.

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Updates

The University of Missouri Board of Curators and System officials announced today that they will develop plans for an alternative funding match for the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Downtown Campus for the Arts (Conservatory) rather than seek funding from the … Read more

Kansas Citians remember downtown before ground was broken for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It was an unremarkable plot of land, prime real estate but nothing particularly special. Now, the graceful Kauffman Center draws visitors in as they … Read more

Decision on state funds for $96 million project now goes to the governor The Missouri Senate approved a bond funding measure April 27 that would provide funds to create the Downtown Campus for the Arts for the University of Missouri-Kansas … Read more