Downtown Arts Campus Passes Senate

(Source: Helix Architecture and Design, Inc.)

The Conservatory’s Downtown Arts Campus passed the Senate Thursday, 28-4, and is now on its way to Gov. Eric Greitens.

The $96 million dollar project is looking for half of its funding from the State of Missouri issuing bonds. The other half, $48 million, has already been pledged by local donations.

Since taking office in January the governor has been working to balance the state’s budget. As a result, higher education has seen cuts to funding, $83 million, and $40 million from the University of Missouri system.

Gov. Greitens has 15 days to sign or veto the bill, otherwise it will become a law on May 12. If vetoed, the bill will return to the general assembly. A two-thirds vote from both houses can override a veto.

The downtown campus would permanently add 675 students and faculty to the Crossroads Arts District Neighborhood.

The location of the campus would be located near the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, on the south side. The project would cover  a full city block on Broadway, Central, 17th and 18th streets.

The Missouri House sent the HCR 19 bill forward on March 14 with a vote of 117-39.


  1. Joseph (Joe) Gray

    May 3, 2017 at 1:10 AM

    Thank you, Ryan Hennessy, for your reporting on this legislation. One correction though, the new home for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance would be south of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts rather than north.

    • Ryan Hennessy

      May 7, 2017 at 2:49 PM

      Thank you for pointing this out to us at University News, Joe. The article has been amended.

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