UMKC Arts Legacy

Kansas City arts organizations with roots at UMKC – created by faculty or alumni:

UMKC has a strong history not only of collaboration with partners to enhance programming and artistic experience, but also of making immense contributions to the Kansas City arts scene by starting many of the city’s most recognizable and successful arts venues. In addition, UMKC’s focus on building partnerships with our colleagues in the arts world has paid dividends in terms of spreading our talent and artistic wealth in ways that benefit the arts community and many who aspire to perform and excel artistically.

  • American Heartland Theatre
  • Bach Aria Soloists
  • Chamber Music Society of Kansas City
  • Civic Opera Theatre of Kansas City
  • Coterie Theatre
  • Friends of Chamber Music
  • Gorilla Theatre
  • Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
  • Kansas City Actors Theatre
  • Kansas City Chamber Orchestra
  • Kansas City Ballet
  • Kansas City Chorale
  • Kansas City Grand Opera Company
  • Kansas City Repertory Theatre
  • Kansas City Symphony Orchestra (formerly Kansas City Philharmonic)
  • Lyric Opera of Kansas City
  • Martin City Melodrama
  • New Theatre Restaurant
  • NewEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
  • Operakadopera
  • Puccini Festival
  • Quality Hill Playhouse
  • Summerfest
  • Unicorn Theatre
  • Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company
  • Youth Symphony of Kansas City

Student Involvement

UMKC offers students a wide range of opportunities to become involved in and to experience the arts. From art galleries to public radio programming to museums and arts-related academic programs, students are exposed to the arts in a variety of ways. A sampling of these opportunities includes:

  • BkMk Press
  • Community Music and Dance Academy
  • Conservatory of Music and Dance
  • Creative Writing Program
  • Department of Theatre
  • Design Program within Architecture, Urban Planning + Design Department
  • Gallery of Art
  • Kansas City Repertory Theatre
  • KCUR Arts Coverage
  • KCUR Music Programs
  • Marr Sound Archives
  • New Letters
  • New Letters on the Air
  • Toy and Miniature Museum