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  1. KC Parks Director Leads National Organization

    Mark L. McHenryKansas City, MO Parks and Recreation Director Mark L. McHenry was recently elected President of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA). He is the first and only director from Kansas City to lead this prestigious national organization.

    McHenry was officially installed at the AAPRA banquet held during the National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans last month.

    About Mark L. McHenry
    Mark McHenry earned his bachelor’s degree in park administration from Texas Tech University and his master’s in public administration from UMKC. He joined the staff of Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation in 1974 as a municipal management trainee and has been a key member of the department since 1976, moving through the ranks of park district manager, superintendent of construction and development, and superintendent of parks management. In 1988 he became deputy director and has served as the department’s director since 2003. During his tenure, Mr. McHenry has been project manager on such large projects as the Kansas City Zoo construction and the renovation of the Liberty Memorial/National World War I Museum.

    In addition to his record of public management, Mr. McHenry has served as president of the local chapter of American Society for Public Administration, president of the Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute (SPRTI) and president of the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association (MPRA). Additionally, he is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association and their Public Policy Committee. He has received many awards throughout his distinguished career including the Outstanding Service Award from (SPRTI), the 2009 Fellow Award from MPRA and the 2017 Arts Advocate Award from Arts KC.

    About the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA)
    The Academy is a group of distinguished practitioners and educators who are leaders in the field of park and recreation.

    Members must have served for at least 15 years in a high level of administration in a park and recreation agency or as a recognized educator in parks and recreation administration; or they must manage a park and recreation department for an agency with a population of more than 500,000.

    They also must have demonstrated outstanding ability in administration, management or education in the profession; displayed broad interest with a direct service benefit to the advancement of public parks and recreation or assumed leadership with a keen desire to contribute to the advancement of the field. The Academy is limited to 125 active members.

    Established in 1980, the Academy was formed to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators to enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and conduct research, publish scholarly papers and/or sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration.

    Through the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration with its partner Sagamore Publishing Company, the Academy encourages both practitioners and educators to develop and enhance administration in the recreation and parks field.

    The Academy along with The Davey Tree Expert Company and National Park Foundation presents the Cornelius A. Pugsley Award at its Annual Banquet and interviews and distributes video tapes of Legends in the field of recreation and parks. Both the Pugsley Award and the Legends program are made possible in part by the support of Landscape Structures, Inc.

    The Academy, along with Musco Lighting, sponsors the Gold Medal Awards Program; and the Academy’s newest partner, Xccent, Inc., helps to support the Academy Externship program that allows young, promising members of the profession to attend the NRPA Congress while being mentored by Academy Members. In addition, AAPRA and the National Recreation and Park Association oversee the selection of members for the Hall of Fame.

  2. Kansas City Museum Leaders and Supporters Join Together for a Construction Kickoff Ceremony

    Leaders and supporters of the Kansas City Museum joined together on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 for the Construction Kickoff Ceremony for the renovation and restoration of Corinthian Hall. PHOTO CREDIT: David Remley Photography

    Leaders and supporters of the Kansas City Museum joined together on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 for the Construction Kickoff Ceremony for the renovation and restoration of Corinthian Hall. PHOTO CREDIT: David Remley

    Despite the threat of rain and a cold front that moved into the area Tuesday morning, leaders and supporters of the Kansas City Museum convened for coffee, Seven Swans Créperie, and a Construction Kickoff Ceremony to celebrate the commencement of construction on the Kansas City Museum restoration and renovation project.

    Gathering in the Grand Hall of the Museum’s Corinthian Hall in the Historic Northeast neighborhood, stakeholders and supporters came to share in remarks and pose for photos in honor of the occasion. The initial stage of construction, scheduled to begin in the next several weeks, will include all four floors of Corinthian Hall (the mansion) and will result in the creation of a leading edge, 21st-century museum of Kansas City’s history and cultural heritage.

    City leaders and Board members of the Kansas City Museum Foundation gave special thanks to International Architects Atelier, the architectural design firm for the project that has completed more than two years of design preparation in advance of construction. The work of J.E. Dunn Construction Co. as the project’s construction manager was also recognized, which will begin to add amenities that include: exhibition galleries, a Museum Café, a retail store, theater/auditorium, a classroom/meeting room, a billiards room and a new interpretation of the much beloved Soda Fountain space.

    Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department Director Mark McHenry welcomed the Museum’s guests, and Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner shared his excitement for the Museum project, which he said serves as an important cultural asset for the City and its future as it continues to grow.

    City Manager Troy Schulte shared details of the public-private partnership that makes this restoration and renovation project possible. Of the $15,000,000 total project cost, $6,000,000 has been secured from the City’s Museum Mill Levy. In addition the Museum is set to receive $8,000,000 over two fiscal years (FY18 and FY19) in funding from the GO KC Bonds, approved by voters in April 2017. Since launching it’s capital campaign initiative, #MakingAMuseumKC in May 2017, the Kansas City Museum Foundation has leveraged this public support to raise $1,250,000 in private funding.

    “This commitment of funds from the GO KC Bonds is based on several factors including that the Museum restoration project is shovel-ready,” Schulte said. “The project is focused on repairing an existing public building, which the City recognizes is a priority for residents. Further, it contributes to the redevelopment of the Historic Northeast, a neighborhood that is truly building on our City’s assets and investing back into the local economy.”

    Schulte said that he was particularly proud that when the Museum reopens in 2019, general admission would be free for all residents of Kansas City, Missouri.

    Kansas City Museum Foundation Board Member Allen Dillingham shared further details of what Museum visitors will see when the doors of the mansion re-open in 2019. He discussed the Visitor Experience Plan, a document that the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department officially adopted in April 2017. The Visitor Experience Plan outlines strategies and Core Stories, creating a vibrant and participatory visitor experience, which reflect the dynamic history, culture, and impact of Kansas City.

    “The Foundation Board is pleased to support the project team as they use this tool to begin the process of Museum Exhibition Design,” Mr. Dillingham said. “Working alongside local historians, educators, curators, and artists, the plan will guide development of exhibitions and unique programming for the public to enjoy.”

    Mr. Dillingham reminded guests of the Construction Kickoff Ceremony to be on the lookout for continued programming while the Museum is under construction. He said that visitors would be able to attend events both on the museum grounds, in Kessler Park, in the community, and at the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) at 8th and Broadway Blvd.

    Kansas City Museum Foundation Board Chair Dr. Mary Davidson said that on November 1, the new MakingAMuseumKC.org website will launch.

    “As we continue to raise private funds for Stage I and subsequent stages of construction, and finalize the exhibit design and development in early 2018, I encourage each of you to visit the site,” said Davidson. “Please keep up to date with renovation progress and to read the stories of those who support this project.”

    At the conclusion of the ceremony, special guests were invited by Kansas City Parks Director McHenry to take a turn at the creation of ceremonial renovation display. As Honorary Chairs of the Museum’s Capital Campaign, Mr. Bill Dunn, Sr., Mr. Henry Bloch, and Mr. Ed Matheny, Jr., placed building elements onto a door that will later serve as a frame. Next, former Parks Commissioners Mrs. Anita Gorman, and Mr. Carl J. DiCapo marked their service as the Honorary Members of the Campaign by adding to the collage.

    “I feel very honored to be one of the Honorary Chairs for the Kansas City Museum’s fundraising initiative and capital campaign, #MakingAMuseumKC, along with my two close friends, Henry Bloch and Ed Matheny, to increase awareness and build community support for the Museum’s multi-phased renovation project,” Mr. Dunn said. “For many years, I have been involved in a number of fundraising efforts involving important issues in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  I am delighted that there is now a plan in place at the Kansas City Museum to recognize the brilliant history of a city that has encountered many difficulties from its very beginning. Kansas City is now acknowledged as a very important destination in the United States and I am thrilled to play a supporting role to assist the Kansas City Museum in preserving our history and cultural heritage to be shared for many years to come.”

    To receive construction updates, to support the #MakingAMuseumKC Capital Campaign, or to see a schedule of upcoming programming associated with the Kansas City Museum, please visit kansascitymuseum.org.

  3. PASEO GATEWAY REVEAL & MONUMENT DESIGN

    GoKC_assets_colorOn October 11, 2017, the Paseo Gateway Intersection Redesign will be revealed followed by a Design Workshop for the Monument that will be located at the intersection. The City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation department invites you to join your neighbors and be the first to view the design and join in the workshop for the gateway monument.

    The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. and be held at the Butterworth Alumni Center on the Kansas City University campus, 1750 Independence Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. Parking is available in Lots C, D, E, and G if needed.

    PART 1 – THE REVEAL
    The first part of the meeting will reveal the preferred alternative for the Paseo/Independence intersection.
    The intersection redesign is a welcoming gateway to the Northeast and Downtown that will:

    • Reduce crashes at the intersections of Paseo Boulevard and Independence Avenue
    • Provide a safer and improved experience for motorist, pedestrian and bicycle travel
    • Improve public transit access

    PART 2 – MONUMENT DESIGN
    The second portion of the meeting will be soliciting input into the design of the Gateway Monument which will welcome people to this newly designed entrance to Kanas City. Participants will have the opportunity to work in groups with fellow residents to shape the vision and goals for what the monument will look like.

    These improvements follow the City’s efforts towards implementation of the Paseo Gateway Transformation Plan completed in 2013.

  4. 2018 Shawnee Mission Health Broadway Series at Starlight Theatre Announced

    StarlightStarlight Theatre is pleased to announce that its 2018 Broadway series will be newly sponsored by Shawnee Mission Health and will feature a wide selection of shows designed to satisfy the varied entertainment tastes of Kansas City theatre-goers. Starlight has programmed its core summer season to encompass five Broadway musicals with weeklong runs and, to again give patrons the ability to customize their ticket packages, the theatre has added three Broadway weekend specials.

    Starlight season ticket holders will begin renewing their five-show subscriptions Sept. 25, and new season tickets orders will be accepted at that time, too. Season subscribers will be able to add one, two or all three weekend specials at the time they renew or purchase. If they prefer to swap one or two season shows for weekend specials, they will be able to do so in the spring. Tickets for individual Starlight shows will go on sale April 2.

    Seven of the eight shows coming to Starlight are national touring productions, including the all-new tour of ON YOUR FEET!, which just closed on Broadway in August after a nearly two-year run. Also touring for the first time and making its Kansas City debut at Starlight is Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, set 10 years after the events at the Paris Opera House. Starlight’s self-production of the 2018 season will be Broadway’s bouffant-high hit, Hairspray. Top choices for families are sure to be classics The King and I, Cinderella and the season-ending magic spectacular, THE ILLUSIONISTS. Finally, for summer nights that sizzle, Starlight turns up the heat on stage with Dirty Dancing and CHICAGO!

    The 2018 Shawnee Mission Health Broadway Series at Starlight is detailed in chronological order below:

    ON YOUR FEET! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical
    May 22-27
    From humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation atop the pop music world. ON YOUR FEET! takes audiences behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.

    Dirty Dancing
    June 5-10
    The classic story of Baby, Johnny and Dirty Dancing on stage is a live theatrical experience that explodes with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, sensational dancing and favorite songs including “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby, Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Starlight audiences will have the time of their lives!

    The King and I
    June 12-17
    One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I tells the story of the unconventional relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, the British schoolteacher who he brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. The score features beloved classics like “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.”

    CHICAGO
    June 22-24
    Broadway’s razzle-dazzle CHICAGO is a triumphant hit musical and the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. Still playing on Broadway, it now holds the title of No. 1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
    June 29-July 1
    The Tony Award-winning musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific delights audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. The lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, all the moments audiences love – plus some surprising new twists!

    Hairspray
    July 27-August 2
    Another Tony Award winner, Hairspray is the musical-comedy phenomenon that takes audiences back to 1962 Baltimore where 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a big girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair!) change the world – and still have time to win the boy she loves?

    Love Never Dies
    August 14-19
    The love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Ten years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House, he has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives among the joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. While he has finally found a place for his music to soar, the Phantom has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.

     THE ILLUSIONISTS™
    September 28-30
    Direct from Broadway comes the world’s best-selling magic show. The mind-blowing spectacular of THE ILLUSIONISTS™ showcases the jaw-dropping performances of five of the most talented Illusionists on Earth.

    “Our 2018 Broadway lineup at Starlight again offers Kansas City audiences the chance to choose the types of shows they most want to see,” said Rich Baker, Starlight President and CEO. “While I, of course, hope everyone wants to see all eight, I know that isn’t always possible. So, if you want to build a season package with Broadway classics and Tony Award winners, we have them. If you want shows that haven’t been in town before, we’ve got those, too. And, if you want to make the summer literally magical, then, presto, add THE ILLUSIONISTS!”

    Five-show season ticket packages for 2018 start at just $60 in Starlight’s Side and Rear Terrace seating sections. Renewals, advance orders or gift certificates for new season tickets will be available beginning Sept. 25 online at www.kcstarlight.com, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or by visiting the Starlight box office on weekdays at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132.

    Reservations for discount group tickets are available by calling 816.997.1137 or emailing groups@kcstarlight.com. Single tickets to Starlight’s 2018 shows go on sale in April.

     

    About Starlight Theatre
    Starlight Theatre, a recent winner of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second-largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts. It also offers extensive community outreach and educational programming, including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the nation. Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage. For more information, visit www.kcstarlight.com.

     

  5. Anita Gorman Awarded Pugsley Medal from American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration

    PugsleyAnita B. Gorman recently received The Honorable Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medal from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) at a banquet held during the National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. She was presented the award by KC Parks Director Mark L. McHenry, who was installed as president of AAPRA at the same banquet.

    The Pugsley Awards are the most prestigious awards that recognize outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of public parks, recreation and conservation in the United States.  Mrs. Gorman is the first and only Pugsley recipient from Kansas City, Missouri.

    The inaugural Pugsley Medals were awarded in 1928. The winner of the first National level award was Stephen T. Mather, the first director and “father” of the National Park Service. The distinguished pedigree of subsequent honorees has confirmed the prestige and status of the awards. Link to past recipients and bios>>

    About Anita Gorman
    Kansas City needs more people like Anita Gorman.  Mrs. Gorman has worked to improve this community’s quality of life for more than 50 years.  Her leadership in and work with many groups and organizations has helped Kansas City blossom, particularly in the areas of parks, recreation and conservation.  She is a person who can lead and also work behind the scenes to persuade movers and shakers to provide needed support and action to strengthen the park and boulevard system and important public recreational activities.  Her love of nature led her to pursue activities that relate to the importance of the outdoors to people.

    Early in the 1960s, Mrs. Gorman joined the fight to prevent commercial development of an open space near her home, an area that eventually became part of Kansas City’s park system and is today known as “Anita Gorman Park”.  The first fountain in Kansas City north of the Missouri River was built in this park and she helped to raise funds for it, as well.

    Also in the 1960s she helped lead a fight to save an Indian archaeological site that was threatened by the placement of a sewer and sewage lagoon.  She and others brought the importance of the historical significance to the Kansas City Park Department’s attention and that property became part of Kansas City’s park system.

    Mrs. Gorman was the first woman appointed to the Kansas City, Missouri Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners. She served from 1979 until 1991 and as President from 1986-1991. Many things were accomplished during her tenure.

    During her time on the Park and Recreation Board, bonds were passed to support and expand the Kansas City Zoo; acquisition of property for additional parks and boulevards; and restorative work on sculptures and monuments owned by Kansas City Parks and Recreation.

    Though no longer a Park and Recreation Board Commissioner, Mrs. Gorman has continued her work on behalf of Kansas City’s Parks and Recreation projects.  In 2012 she was a strong supporter of a successful sales tax increase that was part of Mayor Sly James’ effort to better fund the parks and recreational activities for many years to come. It provides a net increase of about $3 million over current funding for parks and for community centers.

    She was involved in the fundraising for and the successful promotion of the passage of a temporary sales tax for the improvements and expansion of the Liberty Memorial, now The National World War I Museum and Memorial, recognized by the United States Congress as the nation’s official World War I museum and has received National Historic Landmark status.

    Mrs. Gorman is a longtime supporter of Starlight Theatre, an outdoor theater located in Swope Park.  She has co-chaired multiple fundraising campaigns, raising millions of dollars to make improvements to Starlight.  In 2007, the Anita B. Gorman Court of honor was dedicated to honor Mrs. Gorman for her service and support to this wonderful and popular venue.

    Nature and conservation are also important in her life.  She served on the Missouri Conservation Commission from 1993 until 2005 and became the first woman to chair the commission in 1996.

    Some of the accomplishments during her tenure were the purchase of over 4,000 acres in the St. Louis, MO area for fish, wildlife, forestry and conservation; she also helped found the not-for-profit Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation that provides financial support for conservation projects.  The culmination of her service and vision for conservation education was the naming of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Discovery Center, at 47th Street and Troost Avenue, the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center.

    Mrs. Gorman has been a member of the City of Fountains Foundation since its beginnings in 1973.  The Foundation works in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department to operate and maintain Kansas City, Missouri’s 48 publicly-owned fountains.  The Foundation’s goal is to raise funds to construct new fountains in Kansas City [the “City of Fountains”]; manage trust funds to cover maintenance of fountains; and increase awareness of the importance of Kansas City’s fountains. Presently, the Foundation’s Fundraising Committee, led by Mrs. Gorman, is focusing on eight particular fountains with the goal of raising millions of dollars to help with renovations and maintenance.

    Mrs. Gorman also served as the Citizens Association of Kansas City’s Board of Governors and was elected its first woman chairman in 1977; worked for the establishment of the Kansas City International Airport and was on the commission for its dedication in 1972.  She has served on many civic boards and committees including the Salvation Army; City Union Mission; Starlight Theatre; the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Missouri; Conservation of Heritage Foundation; Fine Arts Council; Full Employment Council; William Jewell College Trustee; Director of Commerce Bank; Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Kansas City; Citizens Association of Kansas City; Trustee of National Parks and Recreation Association; Greater Kansas City of Trusts & Foundations; Visiting Nurse Association and the Liberty Memorial Association.

    On November 19, 2014, National Philanthropy Day, Mrs. Gorman was recognized as the “2014 Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer” by the Mid-America Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

    Mrs. Anita Gorman was inducted into the Missouri Parks and Recreation Hall of Fame in 2015. Mrs. Gorman as also received the following Major Honors: Volunteer of the Year Award (2009), Jay B. Dillingham Leadership Award for Northland Neighborhood Association (2008); City Union Mission Award, Woman Who Change the Heart of the City (2008); Fellowship of Concerned, Joe Wally Award (2008); Starlight Theatre Court of Honor Award (2007); The Clay County Commission County Commission named a portion of Smithville Lake the Anita B. Gorman Hiking Trail and Prairie Restoration (2007); The National Chevron-Texaco Conservation Award (2002); Mid America Regional Council, Regional Leadership Award (2002); First Woman Award of Kansas City (2000); Unico Citizen of the Year Award (199); KCI/Northland Regional Chamber Leadership Award (1996) MPRA Citation, Outstanding State Park Commissioners (1989); Outstanding Citizen of Kansas City, Missouri, Communications Matrix Award (1981) and Outstanding Citizen of Kansas City Missouri Municipal League  (1983).

    Other Major Civic Contributions:  Led efforts to acquire land and construct Parma Woods Shooting Range (2001); instigated the establishment of the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (1998) and chaired the final efforts of the Conservation Department to acquire the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area by the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi to name a few.

    Anita Gorman was very instrumental in working with the Mayor and other City Leaders  to overwhelmingly renew Kansas City Earnings Tax in April of 2016 even with a $2 million ad campaign against it.

    Mrs. Gorman became one of the Honorary Leaderships for “Making A Museum KC” which is an innovative fundraising initiative and capital campaign to increase awareness, raise private funding, and build community support for the Kansas City Museum.

    Throughout her life of work on Kansas City’s behalf, Mrs. Gorman has had the support of her late husband, Gerald, and her children and grandchildren.  No matter how extensive her activities, her passion remains steadfast for Kansas City and she encourages the next generations to step up and work on its behalf, leaving it a better place for all to enjoy.

    About American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration
    The Academy is a group of distinguished practitioners and educators who are leaders in the field of park and recreation.

    Members must have served for at least 15 years in a high level of administration in a park and recreation agency or as a recognized educator in parks and recreation administration; or they must manage a park and recreation department for an agency with a population of more than 500,000.

    They also must have demonstrated outstanding ability in administration, management or education in the profession; displayed broad interest with a direct service benefit to the advancement of public parks and recreation or assumed leadership with a keen desire to contribute to the advancement of the field. The Academy is limited to 125 active members.

    Established in 1980, the Academy was formed to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators to enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and conduct research, publish scholarly papers and/or sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration.

  6. NEWS: Construction Kickoff for Restoration and Renovation of KC Museum: October 10

    WHAT
    Special public ceremony to celebrate the commencement of the first stage of construction to add exhibition galleries and amenities to the Kansas City Museum.

    WHO
    City Officials, Museum Staff, Project Team Members, along with representatives from the Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department, and members of the Parks Board and Kansas City Museum Foundation Board to host and make remarks.

    WHEN
    9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    WHERE
    Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64123

    MORE
    This special ceremony will celebrate the completion of more than two years of design preparation led by International Architects Atelier, the architectural design firm for the project. This public event also will recognize the beginning of the initial stage of construction by JE Dunn Construction Co., the project’s construction manager, which includes restoring and renovating Corinthian Hall (lower level, first floor, second floor, and third floor of the mansion). The celebration kicks off the first of several stages that will create a leading edge, 21st-century museum of Kansas City’s history and cultural heritage.Funding for the Kansas City Museum restoration and renovation project is provided by GO KC Bonds, as approved by voters on April 4, 2017, as well as the Museum Levy. In addition, the Kansas City Museum Foundation has launched Making A Museum KC (#MakingAMuseumKC), a fundraising initiative and capital campaign to raise private funds in support of the Museum’s expansive renovation project.

    Watch the launch video>>