About the Directory
Kansas City is home to countless organizations with a global focus or international operations, including the IRC, and we love how connecting organizations can result in valuable ideas and impact no organization would be able to produce alone. To help connect international organizations in the area, the IRC is proud to offer this growing directory.
We invite area organizations, universities, K-12 school programs, arts groups, ethnic/cultural groups, religious groups, libraries and museums, and government agencies with international connections or interests to share their information with us to be included in this directory. To get started, please click the "Add Your Organization to the Directory" link below. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Matthew.
AFS Kansas City
AFS is one of the most recognized intercultural foreign exchange organizations recognized by the US Department of State and educators. We promote peace, understanding, tolerance and acceptance through our hosting and study abroad programs. AFS is volunteer driven and we are always looking for volunteers to support our placements. AFS has over 90 international partners who welcome American students who want to study abroad and we welcome students from our partner countries. Our focus is to promote world peace and teach/learn about other cultures.
Contact Information: 913-216-2672 • email@example.com
Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City
The Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote justice, equality and opportunity for Asian Americans, and to foster professional development, legal scholarship, advocacy and community involvement in the metropolitan Kansas City area. Our membership reflects all aspects of Kansas City’s Asian legal community. In coordinating social events, continuing legal education seminars, pro bono representation and volunteer opportunities, AABAKC promotes Asian American involvement in the legal profession and addresses the needs of Kansas City’s Asian American community.
Contact Information: 900 W. 48th Place, Suite 900, Kansas City, MO 64112 • 816-360-4118 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Baraza African Cultures Center
While we support the African Diaspora in the KC metro as well as communities in Africa, our mission is driven by offering training in Diversity & Inclusion, Cultural Proficiency, Doing Business in Africa, African Cultures and extensive programming with and about Refugees. We work extensively with various cultural and international organizations in Kansas City – pushing the local global treasures in KC. In addition, we are a driver of development projects in Africa – especially in the more marginalized communities.
Contact Information: 9324 Swarner Drive, Lenexa, KS 66219 • 913-753-6477 • Contact@BarazaACC.org
Children's Mercy Hospital
Children’s Mercy Kansas City is an independent, nonprofit, 367-bed pediatric health system, serving half a million patients each year from across the country. Children’s Mercy is ranked by US News & World Report as one of "America’s Best Children’s Hospitals" and has received Magnet® recognition four times for excellence in nursing services. Our services team helps to meet the unique needs of international patients traveling for medical care. International services also has a consulting (advisory) arm to assist foreign hospitals and governments with capacity building. Our Global Health program has a number of programs focused on global education/training as well as humanitarian efforts. Our researchers frequently collaborate with research teams worldwide.
Contact Information: 2401 Gilham Road, Kansas City, MO 64108 • 816-701-4524 • email@example.com
Crescent Peace Society
A Kansas City-based interfaith organization seeking to build bridges between Muslims and other faith based communities as well as those with no faith. Our members include individuals and families representing countries from around the Muslim world and many who have lived in Europe and North America.
Contact Information: 12709 Eaton Circle, Leawood, Kansas 66209 • 913-485-9218 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Cultural Crossroads, Inc.
Educational organization, with focus on cultural commonalities, which works through interactive children's programming and dialogue events for adults. Working individually and in partnership with other organizations, Cultural Crossroads brings diverse groups together to share ideas, plans and cultural background.
Contact Information: 3605 Blue Ridge Blvd., Independence, MO 64052 • 816-737-5979 • email@example.com
Czech and Slovak Club of Greater Kansas City
Czech and Slovack Club of Greater Kansas City promotes Czech and Slovak language and culture through food, fellowship, music and educational programs. Welcoming persons of Czech or Slovakian descent, their friends, families, as well as others who enjoy the social, cultural and educational activities of the organization.
Contact Information: https://csclubkc.wordpress.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-profit youth development organization for young men ages 9-21. We currently operate over 700 Chapters in all 50-U.S. states and more than 25 other countries.
Contact Information: 10200 NW Ambassador Dr., Kansas City, MO 64153 • 816-891-8333 • DeMolay@DeMolay.org
Dialogue Institute of Kansas City
Kansas City Branch of Dialogue Institute of the Southwest aims to promote mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of diverse faiths and cultures in Greater Kansas City Area, Wichita and Lawrence by creating opportunities for direct communication and meaningful shared experiences. Peace, Dialogue, mutual understanding
Contact Information: 4215 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, Kansas, 66106 • 979-571-6305 • email@example.com
Don Bosco Centers
Senior Center provides hot, nutritious lunch and wide range of activities for people age 60+. Our ESL school teaches English, job readiness programs, GED, and Citizenship classes free of charge to students age 18+. We serve 1,400+ people/day, helping the seniors to keep living independently and refugees/immigrants to become productive members of their new society.
Contact Information: 816-691-2900 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethnic Enrichment Commission
We are made up of 66 different countries / cultures that are locally organized. We aspire to foster understanding, appreciation and preservation of cultural heritage and coordinate Ethnic programs throughout the metro area. We bring our groups together - community events, parades, outreach and our annual Ethnic Festival at Swope Park.
Contact Information: 4600 East 63rd Street Trafficway Kansas City, MO 64130-4629 • 816-513-7553 • email@example.com
German Consulate represents The Federal Republic of Germany in Kansas City. Contact infortation: 8014 State Line Road, Suite #203, Leawood, KS 66208 • 913-642-5134 • RSnyder@kc-diplo.de
Global Ties KC
Global Ties KC creates opportunities for face to face interactions between international leaders and their American counterparts in Kansas and Western Missouri. Through professional meetings, shared meals, and one on one conversations, local citizens engage in citizen diplomacy which builds global understanding and shapes United States foreign relations "one handshake at a time." Network with over 300 international leaders who visit KC each year, in addition to contacts with American Embassies throughout the world.
Contact Information: 30 West Pershing Road, Suite 405, KCMO 64108 • 816-421-4242 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart of America Japan-America Society
The mission of the Heart of America Japan-America Society is to further understanding between the peoples of Japan and the Greater Kansas City area by prompting social, cultural and educational exchanges. In July 2012, the HAJAS was awarded a Certificate of Commendations from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Koichiro Gemba, in recognition of our organization's contributions to Japan-U.S. relations. Then Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki presented the award to the Society on behalf of Minister Gemba.
Contact Information: P.O. Box 22487, Kansas City, MO 64113-2487 • email@example.com
Heartland Chapter of Alliance of Divine Love
Ministerial association of Alliance of Divine Love ministers in 4-state area. As interfaith ministers, Alliance of Divine Love ministers are interested in promoting the fellowship of all people. The Heartland Chapter works closely in partnership with the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council and other religions communities and nonprofit organizations to sponsor the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner. Additionally, several Heartland ADL ministers attend the Parliament of the World's Religions, which brings together several thousand people from different faiths and countries.
Contact Information: 3605 Blue Ridge Blvd, Independence, MO 64052 • 816-737-5979 • HeartlandADL@hotmail.com
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City
We engage, connect and develop the Hispanic Small Business Community. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City is the voice for small business in the Greater Kansas City metro. We represent business of all sizes across 8 counties in both Kansas and Missouri. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City is dedicated to the creation advancement, promotion and development of economic opportunities within the Hispanic market and business community locally, regionally and internationally.
Contact Information: 107 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105 • 816-472-6767 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Honorary Consulate for Slovenia in the Midwest
Barbara Koval Nelson represents the country of Slovenia as a member of the Consular Corps of Greater Kansas City and reports to the Slovenian Ambassador in Washington, D.C. Honorary consuls are appointed by the foreign country and accredited by the U.S. State Department to deal with diplomatic, artistic, and cultural matters that occur in the district we represent. There are more than 75 honorary consuls in the world representing Slovenia and more than a dozen in the United States and Mexico. We deal with all of the business, diplomatic, and cultural matters involving the country we represent.
Contact Information: 2410 California St. NW, Washington, DC 20008 • 913-236-4661 • email@example.com
Indonesian Community of Kansas City (ICKC)
Community group for people of Indonesian descent or interested in Indonesian culture. We promote Indonesian Culture and activities that bring us together. We have Indonesian Community events - Indo-Independence Day Picnic, Consul meet and greet, participate in Ethnic Festival each year at Swope park and also part of network for Indonesian Diaspora worldwide.
Contact Information: 11650 S. Walnut St., Olathe, KS 66061 • 913-269-1710 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City (ISGKC)
Islamic Society of Greater Kansa City is Kansas City's largest Islamic Center. ISGKC provides Paily prayers, Matrimonial Services, Islamic Burials Services, and a full-time Islamic school to congregates from all over the world.
Contact Information: 8501 E 99th St. Kansas City MO 64134 • 816-763-2267 • email@example.com
Johnson County Public Library
Contact Information: 913-826-4600 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Kansas City Irish Center
The KC Irish Center is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve, promote, celebrate and support Irish culture through year-round programs and activities. KCIC provides year-round classes, activities, programs and events that keep Irish culture and heritage a vital part of our community. We maintain ongoing relationships with the Irish Consulate for our region in Austin, Texas, as well as Culture Ireland and Dept. of Foreign Affairs, both based in Dublin, Ireland.
Contact Information: 3101 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111 • 816-474-3848 • email@example.com
Kansas City Public Library
The Kansas City Public Library strives to be a doorway to knowledge for all consisting of ten branches which are trusted, safe, and free access points to information, education, and technology. The Library’s Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE) division aims to provide programming and resources to support refugees and immigrants as they integrate in to the social fabric of Kansas City. Additionally, RISE partners with community resources to create a community that welcomes refugees and immigrants as neighbors and makes Kansas City a place where everyone thrives. RISE provides one-to-one and classroom programs for refugees and immigrants to learn English and prepare for the naturalization interview. RISE also hosts various events ranging from education to cultural celebrations to naturalization ceremonies at the Library.
Contact Information: 14 W. 10th St, Kansas City, MO 64105 • 816-701-3766 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Kansas City St. Andrew Highland Dance Association
A group of dancers and teachers that seek to promote Scottish arts and heritage in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The Kansas City St. Andrew Highland Dance Association works with the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipes and Drums and the Kansas City Saint Andrew Society in our mission to preserve and promote Scottish arts and heritage in Kansas City. We also encourage our dancers to travel to compete in the United States, Canada, and Scotland.
Contact Information: email@example.com
Kansas City St. Andrew Pipes & Drums
Our band was founded by the St. Andrew Society, an organization of Scottish ancestry or interest, and has promoted piping and drumming since 1962. We perform and have competed in Kansas City, the Midwest, Canada and Scotland. We welcome those interested in learning the bagpipes, Scottish snare, tenor and bass drums. We perform at the KC Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the KC St. Patrick's Day parade, and various other events throughout the year. Our band was founded by the St. Andrew Society, an organization of Scottish ancestry or interest, and has promoted piping and drumming since 1962. We perform and have competed in Kansas City, the Midwest, Canada and Scotland. We welcome those interested in learning the bagpipes, Scottish snare, tenor and bass drums. We perform at the KC Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the KC St. Patrick's Day parade, and various other events throughout the year.
Contact Information: P.O. Box 648, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201-0648 • 913-223-0350 • BusinessManager@kcpipeband.org
KC for Refugees
We provide community education around the refugee related topics, help community engage with the local refugees, support and provide help to locally settled refugee families, and Advocate for Refugees. We support the UNHCR related work and provide info and links the community with info related to international refugee crisis etc.
Contact Information: 555 Olive Street, Kansas City, MO 64124 • 913-523-4113 • firstname.lastname@example.org
National Association of Asian American Professionals – Kansas City (NAAAP-KC)
An Asian American centered organization promoting professional development and personal marketability in the workplace. We also offer networking opportunities, cultural experiences and organize community events. In 2016, a chapter was started in Xiamen, China.
Contact Information: P.O. Box 410391, Kansas City, MO 64108 • email@example.com
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing free access to its renowned collection of nearly 40,000 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, photography, modern sculpture, and new American Indian and Egyptian galleries. The museum's collection spans global cultures, with art from all over the world. The museum regularly welcomes foreign scholars and artists for talks and performances, and it showcases artwork from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Ancient World, and the Americas in both its permanent collection and its traveling exhibitions.
Contact Information: 4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111 • 816-751-1278 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Owen/Cox Dance Group
Owen/Cox Dance Group's mission is to create new music and dance collaborations, to present high-quality contemporary dance performances with live music, and to engage as wide an audience as possible through affordable live performance, education and outreach programs. Owen/Cox Dance Group performances feature acclaimed artists from around the world. The ensemble is interested in international partnerships, collaborations and touring opportunities.
Contact Information: 4220 Mercier St., Kansas City, MO 64111 • 816-225-6209 • email@example.com
Pan American Association of Kansas City
The Pan American Association helps educate the community, particularly young people, about the sovereign countries of the Americas and about the Organization of American States of which the U.S. is a member. One of its major accomplishments is its display of the national flag-banners of the sovereign countries of the Americas along the Grand Boulevard of the Americas from 27th street to the River Market accentuated by selected Missouri side high school student banners depicting their own artistic interpretations of the culture of the countries assigned to them from Pershing Road to 6th Street.
Contact Information: 1204 Romany Rd., Kansas City, MO 64113 • firstname.lastname@example.org
PeacePathways is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was developed for the purpose of bringing together organizations and groups that are actively focused on the mission of peace and justice through programs and activities. PeacePathways provides oversight for the Peace Pavilion as one of our principle functions. One focus of the Peace Pavilion is "Peace for Everyone" where the objective is to encourage openness and understanding of others while celebrating the diversity of the human race.
Contact Information: P.O. Box 242, Independence, MO 64051 • 816-521-3033 • email@example.com
Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City
The Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City includes Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis and serves as the rabbinic voice in and for the Jewish community and the larger Greater Kansas City community. It guides the community in making religious decisions for community events, supports the rabbis in their personal and professional growth and develops and nourishes collegial relationships within the Association. Our member rabbis have diverse, and in many cases extensive, involvement with Jewish communities; certainly in Israel, but also in other parts of the world – e.g., countries in Eastern Europe, African Jewish communities, etc.
Contact Information: 5801 W. 115th, Box 113, Overland Park, KS 66211 • 913-327-4622 • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Society for Friendship with China
The primary mission of the Society for Friendship with China is to promote better understanding between the American and Chinese people in Kansas City neighborhoods, in the region, and abroad. This goal is achieved through events such as the annual Dragon Boat Festival that informs the greater Kansas City community about the culture and heritage of China. The Society is a partner of the Kansas City-Xi'an Sister City Committee and as such works to develop projects and exchanges with the city of Xi'an. In addition, the organization co-sponsors Kansas City's annual Dragon Boat Festival, sponsors cultural programs, and is currently working on the development of a Chinese garden in Kansas City.
Contact Information: 5519 Crestwood Drive, Kansas City, MO 64110 • 816-363-3353 • email@example.com
Strawberry Hill Ethnic Museum and Cultural Center
Housed in an 1887 High Victorian mansion (later to become the St. John Children Orphanage), the museum and cultural center's mission is to promote, sponsor, and preserve the ethnic heritage prevalent in Kansas City, Kansas.
Contact Information: 720 North 4th St., Kansas City, KS 66101 • 913-371-3264 • firstname.lastname@example.org