UMKC moves closer to fundraising goal for downtown arts campus

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You may be aware that the University of Missouri-Kansas City intends to build a new arts campus in the Crossroads district, which will be the home of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

In 2013, the college received a $20 million challenge gift from the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, and in 2014 anonymous individuals donated downtown real estate to the cause — land just south of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The magic number is $48 million — that’s the total amount the school needs to raise in private cash in order to apply for matching funds from the state of MIssouri, which will cover the full cost of $96 million for the first phase of the project. 

The school announced today that it recently received three sizable donations for the project. The David Beals Charitable Trust gave UMKC a $1.5 million gift, and two other anonymous donors have chipped in $1 million apiece. Beals, a Kansas Citian, has previously given to the Kansas City Ballet and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre through his trust.

With that additional $3.5 million, the school is now $14 million away from its fundraising goal. 

“The dream of having a downtown campus for our incredible Conservatory is one that I’ve long believed in,” says UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton in a release. “It is extremely gratifying to know just how close we are to reaching the fundraising goal that can make that campus a reality. We are grateful to the David Beals Charitable Trust and the other generous donors who have given so much to help us get this far. I am more confident than ever that our dream will come true.”

Categories: A&E, Art