National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $25,000 to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
This award is the largest NEA grant awarded to the Kauffman Center in support of Future Stages Festival. The festival is a free community event that provides opportunities for future artists to take center stage at the Kauffman Center.
“We deeply appreciate this NEA grant, which provides a stamp of approval for the Kauffman Center’s work in our community. The National Endowment for the Arts’ support for Future Stages Festival is especially welcome, as it helps us to provide an opportunity for 800 youth to perform on our stages and attracts more than 5,000 audience members to the festival which is free for the community. The event is a true celebration of the performing arts,” said Paul Schofer, President, and CEO for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
The fifth Future Stages Festival will be held at the Kauffman Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2018. The free, one-day festival invites youth and families to experience a diverse range of performances and arts activities. Additionally, as an extension of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program, Future Stages Festival, provides opportunities for youth and community arts organizations to perform on stage at the Kauffman Center. Since the festival began in 2014, more than 2,500 Kansas City-area youth artists from 60 arts organizations have been featured on Kauffman Center stages.
“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities, and connections the arts bring.”