Fundraising for downtown arts campus closing in on goal

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With the announcement of three new donations, fundraising for UMKC’s downtown arts campus has now has now raised more funds than any other single project in UMKC history.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation today revealed three new gifts that will help build the downtown campus. They include: $3 million from an anonymous donor; $1 million from the R. Crosby Kemper Charitable Trust and Foundation; and $500,000 from the Francis Family Foundation (contingent on appropriation of state of Missouri matching funds).

The foundation says with the addition of these gifts the project has raised $38 million in private support. It must raise a total of $48 million by June 30 in order to ask the state for matching funds to cover the $96 million cost of the first phase.

Phase 1 will house the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, replacing a collection of outdated and spread-out facilities on the Volker campus with practice and classroom space in close proximity to Kansas City’s professional arts scene, UMKC says.


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