$20 million gift will help University of Missouri-Kansas City build arts campus

June 27, 2013
Donation from the Muriel McBrian Kauffman Fournation will university establish an arts campus in the city's downtown.

The Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation has pledged $20 million to the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) to help establish a downtown Campus for the Arts. The $20 million will help pay for the first phase of the plan, in which the university’s Conservatory of Music and Dance will move to a site in Kansas City's Crossroads District. Subsequent phases would move other university-based arts programs to the site. The foundation's gift is contingent upon the conservatory raising the additional $70 million of funding needed to proceed with the project’s first phase within a period of three years.

UMKC says the concept for the arts campus is based on successful performing arts school/performing arts center combinations such as Juilliard/Lincoln Center in New York City, and the New England Conservatory/Jordan Hall in Boston.

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