Kansas City Young Audiences buys first owned home with help from IFF loans

Kansas City Young Audiences buys first owned home with help from IFF loans

For the first time in its 55-year history, Kansas City Young Audiences will have its own home. After leasing space for the past 11 years at a private school, KCYA is buying a former OfficeMax location and adjoining property.

The renovated facility will include staff offices, two dance studios, restrooms that are Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, a multi-purpose classroom, and a gallery space for student artwork. In addition to increased visibility — the site is on a major street — the property offers new revenue streams, including revenue from current and future tenants; space rentals to partner organizations; and parking space rental.

Kansas City Young Audiences is buying its first home with help from IFF. As the organization moves its headquarters from its current facility to a larger and more accessible location, IFF’s $1.3 million in loans will bridge capital campaign pledges for the $3.3 million project.

The largest nonprofit arts education provider in the Kansas City region, Kanas City Young Audiences offers in-school programs, after-school and Saturday classes, and summer camps to Kansas City area residents. Through dance, theater, music, visual arts, and other classes, the organization provides much-needed arts education to communities suffering from budget cuts. Its 155 professional artists reach 114,000 students at 214 schools in 22 districts.

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