Experience Kansas City’s Cultural Activities
A CJC is the bridge that connects suburban Johnson County with the Arts and cultural activities found in the greater Kansas City area.
Visit the eclectic Kansas City Crossroads District. Explore the nationally-known Nelson-Atkins Museum. Enjoy a performance of the ever-popular Nutcracker.
Add what the Kansas City metropolitan area offers to the Johnson County area and you’ll find unique cultural experiences abound.
Alcott Arts Center. Provides classes and workshops and presents exhibitions and plays for the local community and as a regional partner.
Bonner Springs Arts Alliance. Provides creative and artistic opportunities and education for all ages in the literary, performing and visual arts and promotes art appreciation and participation in the Bonner Springs community and surrounding area.
Kansas City Crossroads. One of the most concentrated gallery districts in the nation – galleries, restaurants and storefronts, plus a collection of professional design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies and other innovative businesses.
The Lawrence Arts Center offers contemporary exhibitions, arts education, and performances for the community and the region.
The Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall is full of local and regional history with an introduction to the Long family and the history of Kansas City. You’ll also find history-themed films in the StoryTarium, events for adults and the family, as well as exhibitions and collections.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum boasts a growing permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and presents 10–12 special exhibitions each year.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. One of the best museums in the country, visitors can explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen, and many other artists.
Spencer Museum of Art. Home to an internationally-known collection of nearly 36,000 artworks and artifacts in all media. Areas of special strength include medieval art; European and American paintings, sculpture and prints; photography; Japanese Edo-period painting and prints; 20th-century Chinese painting; and KU’s ethnographic collection, which includes about 10,000 Native American, African, Latin American and Australian works.
Union Station. You’ll find a permanent rail exhibit called the KC Rail Experience, exhibit spaces for traveling exhibits produced by the Smithsonian and other national organizations, a planetarium, an interactive science center called Science City and a vibrant Theater District featuring giant-screen movies and live theater.
Performing ArtsAmerican Jazz Museum. Showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater.
Coterie Theatre. The mainstage season consists of six full productions: three for older students (junior high and high school) and adults, and three for younger audiences and families.
Kansas City Ballet. Performs three mixed repertory seasons per year plus the Nutcracker along with community education programs for adults and students and dance training through the Kansas City Ballet School.
Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. This highly acclaimed ensemble performs at Yardley Hall, Folly Theatre, in area churches, and has been heard in national broadcasts on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”
Kansas City Civic Orchestra. This all-volunteer, community-based orchestra is comprised of amateur and professional musicians bringing high quality, free concerts to the Kansas City metropolitan area.The Kansas City Flute Choir. Talented flutists from throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area perform 4 to 5 times each year. The choir is open to adults and advanced students.
Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. Presenting a series of concerts featuring a guest instrumentalist, vocalist or theme to showcase the many facets of this diverse musical art.
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the professional theatre in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has numerous education and outreach programs such as the Student Matinee Series, Rep on the Road, job shadowing, student volunteer opportunities, backstage tours, and Conversation Series.
Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Kansas City’s landmark venue for live entertainment, offers Broadway shows, amazing concerts and wonderful community outreach programs.
Kansas City Symphony. During its 42-week season, the Symphony performs a wide variety of subscription, educational, touring and outreach concerts.Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Center focuses on the region’s performing arts community, presenting a wide spectrum of entertainers and performers from around the world including music, opera, theatre and dance.
Lied Center of Kansas. Home of two outstanding performance spaces and a venue for the KU Department of Dance; KU Department of Music; and university and community events, performances and presentations.
The Lyric Opera of Kansas City. One of the nation’s premier regional opera companies.
Theatre for Young America (TYA). Experience theater and drama education through live, professional performances of the highest quality and meeting professional actors.
Unicorn Theatre. Develops and produces professional, provocative new plays. The Unicorn creates opportunities for the advancement of emerging and established actors, directors, playwrights, designers, technicians and administrative staff.
The Charlotte Street Foundation supports and recognizes outstanding artists in Greater Kansas City; and presents, promotes, enhances and encourages the visual, performing and interdisciplinary arts.
H&R Block Artspace. The H&R Block Artspace is dedicated to presenting innovative, high-quality exhibitions of regional, national and international art; creating unique opportunities for local and regional artists and sustaining a strong regional arts community; and fostering active awareness, support and participation in the visual arts and visual art education.
Kansas City Artists Coalition. KCAC is an artist-centered, artist-run alternative space that presents a variety of exhibitions of contemporary artists’ work in its Mallin Gallery, Jacqueline B. Charno Gallery, and the Underground.
PLUG PROJECTS is a curatorial collaboration by five Kansas City artists who share the mission of bringing fresh perspectives and conversation to the local art community. PLUG hosts 6 exhibitions during the course of the year and hosts Critique nights in between exhibitions.