Kansas City looks to link cultural assets with proposed arts district

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is located on the eastern edge of Kansas City's Country Club Plaza. | Courtesy of Tim Samoff/Flickr
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is located on the eastern edge of Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza. | Courtesy of Tim Samoff/Flickr

Planning is underway for a proposed cultural arts district in Kansas City. The four-square-mile zone would with be centered around the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and also include the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Rockhurst University.

Residents, art patrons and planners met earlier this month to discuss possibilities for the district, focusing heavily on ways to better link the area’s assets.

Discussion of the improvements and how to finance them will be held during small-group meetings in March and April, followed by a public presentation in May. Potential fundraising mechanisms include philanthropy, park-use permits, event ticket sales, city grants and the creation of a taxing district.

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