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Don’t miss these top events to kick off Founders’ Week

We are Kansas City’s university, and our hometown’s energy influences everything that happens here. We welcome our community to campus for an array of events, and we’re also happy to recommended opportunities on behalf of our alumni and friends. These activities are part of what give UMKC a vibrant campus life, and make UMKC an arts and culture powerhouse.

Celebrate UMKC Founders’ Week, Sept. 30 – Oct. 8. Built around the university’s founding on Oct. 1, events throughout the week bring together students, alumni, and the campus and Kansas City communities. These are some of the highlights starting this weekend.

1. UMKC Men’s Soccer

Good to know:

UMKC is Kansas City’s Division I sports team.


7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29; and 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1 at Durwood Soccer Stadium, 5025 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. General admission tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online.


2. Capturado: Faces of Cuba

This is an exhibit featuring photographs by Jimmy Adegoke, Ph.D., professor in the UMKC Department of Geosciences. It highlights the rich diversity of the Cuban people.


Now through Dec. 15, the “Capturado: Faces of Cuba” exhibit will be on display at the Miller Nichols Library, Ground Floor – Link Gallery, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo. It is free.


3. Conservatory Orchestra

The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance offers recitals and performances throughout the year.


The Conservatory Symphony performs at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4 at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $25 for the general public; and $10 for UMKC faculty, staff and all students with UMKC or student ID. To purchase tickets and for a list of other Conservatory performances,check the Conservatory calendar online.


4. Gallery of Art: A Surrender Against Reality in Conjunction with Every Street is Charlotte Street

The UMKC Gallery of Art will showcase its new exhibition, A Surrender Against Reality, in conjunction with Every Street Is Charlotte Street, beginning Thursday, Sept. 7 through Friday, Oct. 6.

Good to know:

The exhibit is curated by Davin Watne, M.F.A., UMKC Gallery of Art Director, and features art by UMKC faculty.


The UMKC Gallery of Art is located in Room 203 of the Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo.


5. Ten manly explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. And an all-female cast!

The production Men on Boats, by Unicorn Theatre, features Carla Noack, UMKC Theatre associate professor; UMKC Theatre Alumna Rasheedat Badejo; and five UMKC MFA students, Chioma Anyanwu, Megan Sells, Yetunde Felix-Ukwu, Marianne McKenzie and Emilie Leia Karas.

Good to know:

Three UMKC Theatre graduates started Unicorn Theatre.


The show runs Sept. 6 – Oct. 1 at Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main Street, Kansas City, Mo. Visit the Unicorn Theatre website to purchase tickets or learn about discounts for large groups, senior citizens and students.


6. Journeys and Cross-Generational Narratives in Barry Anderson’s The Janus Restraint

Good to know:

Barry Anderson, M.F.A, is a digital motion professor in the Department of Art and Art History.


Barry Anderson has created a kaleidoscope of epic semi-narrative proportions, which merges mythology, romantic landscapes, and personal symbolism. His work is on display through Oct. 7 at La Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25 St., Kansas City, Mo.



7. World Premiere Musical

KC Repertory Theatre brings Between the Lines to Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus. The story is of seventeen-year-old Delilah McPhee, whose life is turned upside down by her parents’ divorce. Forced to move to a new town and start a different school, Delilah finds herself escaping into fiction, developing a literary crush on a handsome prince whose circumstances really speak to her.


Sept. 6 – Oct. 1 in Spencer Theatre, UMKC Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St. Tickets can be purchased online.


8. We Shall Not Be Moved

By taking a seat at a whites-only lunch counter, a group of four freshmen from North Carolina A&T College launched a youth-led movement for African Americans to receive equal service by challenging racial injustice. This non-violent demonstration in Greensboro gained such momentum that it quickly inspired a new generation to stand up for their Civil Rights. This is the story of ordinary citizens who stand witness to a movement forming before their eyes, and the multiple perspectives they have.

Good to know:

Two UMKC graduate theatre students founded The Coterie.


The show runs now through Oct. 22 at The Coterie, Crown Center, Suite 144, 2450 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 816-474-6552.

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