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Explore Kansas City!





Kansas City, Missouri (or "KCMO") is a city with a vibrant past and a quickly growing art scene that is as approachable as it is innovative. 

In the 1920s, KCMO was known as once known as the "Paris of the Plains," as the city ignored prohibition and became home to an abundance of jazz clubs, brothels and gambling halls. The city continues to be home to a vibrant theater, music and visual arts community, currently ranking third in the nation for professional theaters (per capita).

Discover Kansas City's vibrant neighborhoods and historic districts, world-class museums, bustling community centers, and artist-run spaces. Try one of the city's famous barbecue restaurants (more than any other city in the nation), check out the action packed First Friday art scene, and meet  local artists changing the face of the city. There is no shortage of inspiration in America's Creative Crossroads!

Jazz has been a staple of the KC music scene since the 1920s with artists like Count Basie, Bennie Moton, Jay McShann and Charlie "Bird" Parker.

Take time to see the collections of the American Jazz Museum in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District.  The only museum in the world solely focused on the preservation, exhibition and advancement of jazz, this KC institution is infused with the rich legacy of those who worked, lived and played in the district and beyond.

Ernest Hemingway developed his writing style in Kansas City when he worked as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star from 1917 to 1918. Hemingway often cited the Star’s style of using short sentences as his primary influence.

Kansas City has its fair share of illustrious natives, including: Ed Asner, Burt Bachrach, Melissa Etheridge, Thomas Hart Benton, Wallace Beery, Count Basie, Walter Cronkite, Joan Crawford, Walt Disney, Don Cheadle, and Virgil Thompson.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum’s new and much celebrated Bloch Building was ranked number one among “The 10 Best (New and Upcoming) Architectural Marvels” by Time magazine in 2007. 

Visit their incredible collection as part of the conference's Friday afternoon tours.