UMKC supports Troost Avenue corridor transformation

Chancellor Leo E. Morton speaks at Dec. 11 benefit concert to re-establish 144-year-old church as beacon of arts and culture

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From creating entrepreneurial programs to participating in Tulips on Troost, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) has supported Kansas City’s Troost Avenue corridor transformation. This holiday season, UMKC will support the re-establishment of St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church as a beacon of arts and culture in the Troost neighborhood.

UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton and other community leaders will speak at “Lessons and Carols” — a benefit concert for St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at St. Mark’s on 3800 Troost Ave. “Octarium,” a local vocal ensemble that includes a UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance student and alumnus, will perform. Tickets are $15 for students and seniors, and $20 for general admission. To purchase tickets, visit

The event is sponsored by Tulips on Troost and Friends of St. Mark, which Roxana Shaffe’, UMKC School of Law Incubator program manager, chairs.

Organized in 1867 and serving the Troost corridor since 1915, St. Mark’s once had a membership of more than 1,000, a community soup kitchen and an active neighborhood arts program.

“Lessons and Carols” was inspired by the annual “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” at King’s College, Cambridge. In addition to Chancellor Morton, the following leaders will read lessons: Rockhurst University President Rev. Thomas B. Curran, Kansas City Art Institute President Dr. Jacqueline Chanda, De La Salle Education Center’s Exec. Dir. Mark Williamson, Fr. Paisius Altschul, the Rev. Donna Simon, Alice Ellison, Brenda Thomas and Mary Kay McPhee.

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