Alvin Ailey first brought his groundbreaking modern dance company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, to Kansas City in 1968, initiating a decade of performances. In 1984, more than one hundred Kansas City civic, corporate and community leaders, responding to a call for action by Mayor Richard Berkley, founded Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. Mr. Ailey’s creation and world premiere of For Bird-With Love celebrated Kansas City as the company’s second home.
As the official second home, KCFAA presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater or Ailey II annually and furthers Alvin Ailey’s vision of making dance accessible to all people. As demand for programming grew, KCFAA responded by creating innovative arts education programs, including the six-week summer AileyCamp and the new year-round KCFAA Studio Programs. KCFAA serves more than 20,000 young people through robust arts education programs.
KCFAA encourages diversity of people and ideas through its organizational structure, uniting people across racial, ethnic and social barriers to promote awareness, respect, friendship, and ultimately, community-wide social change.
KCFAA awards and honors include the Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, presented by First Lady Laura Bush, the Governor’s Arts Award presented by the Kansas Arts Commission, and the Missouri Arts Award.
Since 1984, KCFAA’s efforts have reached more than 1.2 million people in the Kansas City community. Because of your continued support, KCFAA will continue to reach and positively impact young and old far into the future.