Ending On A High Note: KC Symphony Partners With Local Prison To Promote Arts

Mike Lawson • News • February 2, 2016

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The Kansas City Symphony, known for playing at the Kauffman Center, held a special performance in an unlikely place… a prison. 

Members of the symphony traveled about 30 miles to the Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kan. 

When they arrived, the musicians were scanned through a metal detector, their IDs were checked, and instruments were searched. 

The stage – a bit different from the Kauffman Center – was similar to a school auditorium. The musicians set up their instruments looking out at a sea of blue folding chairs.

This performance is part of the “Arts in Prison” Program.  This initiative provides arts education for inmates in Kansas prisons and detention centers. Inmates can participate in a number of programs including writing, yoga, communication arts, textiles and visual art. 

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