Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

1601 Broadway Blvd Kansas City

Best Places for Art Lovers in Kansas City/Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

There's more to art than paintings and sculptures; there's an entire catalog of artistic merit to explore in the world of performance. Ballet, dance, musicals, and more all contain a beautiful side to life that should be experienced. This is what can be found at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a creative space for music, theater, dance, and opera. It was designed by architect Moshe Safdie and opened in 2011 in downtown Kansas City.

“At the heart of the Kauffman Center is a living tradition of extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences. Ten years of collective research, planning, and design have brought into focus the mission of the Kauffman Center. This is a building for today and for generations to come.” —Julia Irene Kauffman, Kauffman Center Grand Opening, September 2011

A Variety of Acts

Over the years, a wide range of performers and entertainers from all around the world have presented on this stage. Some previous performances include renditions of jazz, classical, and pop music; ballet and contemporary dance; comedy shows; Broadway productions; and even more. It's also home to some of the region's primary performing arts organizations: Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Ballet, and Kansas City Symphony. The following video gives a brief, inside look at the facilities.

An Advanced Center

The Kauffman Center stands as its own work of art and is a highly advanced performing arts center, both technically and architecturally. The facility itself is 285,000 square feet in size and contains two different halls: Helzberg Hall (1,600 seats) and Muriel Kauffman Theatre (1,800 seats). Both of these individual spaces are housed within a giant overarching shell, which has a glass roof and glass walls. The building took nearly five years to complete and contains a total of 25,000 cubic yards of concrete, 27 steel cables, and 40,000 square feet of glass. The cost of the project was about $413 million.

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Cover image by Moose Winans is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Best Places for Art Lovers in Kansas City

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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