Peter Witte Kauffman Foundation Announces $20 Million For Downtown Arts Campus By Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha • Jun 26, 2013 Laura Spencer / KCUR It’s been two years since officials at the University of Missouri-Kansas City unveiled a plan for a downtown arts campus, which would relocate the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. On Wednesday, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation announced a pledge of $20 million to support the effort. Juilliard's President On Downtown Arts Campus: 'Go For It' By Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha • Dec 14, 2012 Julie Denesha / KCUR The headline of a recent editorial in The Kansas City Star about downtown Kansas City, Missouri declared: "A decade later, downtown has stronger heartbeat." UMKC Dancers Take The Stage At The Kauffman Center By Laura Spencer • Oct 4, 2012 courtesy of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts It’s been a year since the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce released its "Big 5" list with ideas and priorities for the region. Discussing The Future Of A Downtown Arts Campus By Laura Spencer • Sep 6, 2012 courtesy of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance In September 2011, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce announced "the Big 5," ideas the city would champion, ranging from revitalizing the urban core to boosting medical research.