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Member Spotlight: KC Creates

Posted By IRC, Friday, July 12, 2019

Kansas City Creates or KC Creates is a nonprofit organization that offers programming to support and celebrate arts and artists in Kansas City through artistic expression. Through strategic partnerships, KC creates offers live performing and visual arts events that go into the public and private cultural landscape of Kansas City with the mission “to empower a diverse array of educational and cultural events to inspire creativity and build bonds among audiences, artists, businesses, and civic organizations.” KC Creates has become more than just an organization providing opportunities for emerging and established artists and has created an inclusive arts community here in Kansas City.

KC Creates hosts KC Fringe, which is an international festival. KC Fringe stands as one of 40 Festivals held in the United States and over 200 worldwide, sharing the same universal principle, freedom of expression. KC Fringe is focused on highlighting the emerging artists in Kansas City and sold 24,000 tickets last year. This year, the Fringe festival runs July 14 through July 28.

On the horizon for KC Creates is a new event called Open Spaces KC. Open Spaces KC aims to bring established international artist to Kansas City to exhibit their talent. This program is set in place to help build and develop the international component for KC Creates and Kansas City as a whole. Open Spaces is a ten-week season which offers a rich experience of music, dance, and theater with a series of evening performances at selected venues all over Kansas City.

One challenge KC Creates is facing is that of emerging artists obtaining work visas. This is very challenging and cost prohibitive, but crucial to reach the full mission of KC Creates that relies on the international community sharing their talents with the Kansas City community.

KC Creates works with the IRC to help build its international connections. KC Creates is looking to build relationships, gain commonality, and find sponsors to bridge the gap between Kansas City and the international community. KC Creates is heavily dependent on volunteers and is always on the lookout for more. For more information, visit their website at, or email Cheryl Kimmi at


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