This past week is the “week” that was, in the historical annals of Kansas City, Missouri. This narrative history could go back almost 20 years, but we choose to take the most recent “slice of life.”So from the Kauffman Legacy we will extract the cutting of the ribbon, awe inspiring opening night with Placido Domingo, to the community involved Grand Opening that at last report from CEO Jane Chu, may have topped the 50,000 benchmark of Kansas Citians viewing the magnificent structure, designed in part by Moshe Safdie, a world reknown 73 year old architect. The curtain rose numerous times this month in September, on the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. And knotmove.com would like to take you on a short semantic timeline and news expose, of these past activities to the present.
Most recently an article appeared in the Kansas City Business Journal were they talked with Jane Chu, the CEO/President of Kauffman Center via electronic email. One leadoff question to Jane was, “What type of buzz will surround the Kauffman Center now that it will be opened daily for business?”” Jane replied with multiple answers, 1) Mixed Use – there is a pattern across the country where performing art centers are part of a mixed-use in downtown areas. Buildings dedicated to cultural, entertainment and sporting events are complements to business offices and commercial spaces. 2) Spillover dollars – for surrounding businesses, another positive platitude Jane mentions, “that will be realized in many of the other downtown establishments, due to the meteoric profile rise of the Kauffman Center in notoriety locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 3) Distinctiveness – the presence of cultural amenities…is another way to encourage and support downtown development, construction and restoration of historic landmarks and buildings. Cultural amenties is all about the city becoming distinctive and recognizable. 4) Competitive – because the world is becoming so globally interconnected, cities are in competition, more so, to tout its uniqueness and distinctiveness, different from just another city, no matter its size. The arts play a huge part or role in making a city creative, or different from its neighboring city.”
This magnificent opera-house structure is state of the art for its 21st century exhibition and debut.. It more than provides the ubiquitous uniqueness that Ms. Jane Chu described earlier, that is needed for this day an age; to garner that competitive edge of diffrentiation for Kansas CIty, in reference to neighboring cities and soon the world. One can just scroll through the lists of performers and celebrities on its website, to see the eagerness to appear on the soon to be hallowed stages, of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas CIty, Missouri.
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