As The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey approached its 30th anniversary this year it sought out Michael Kaiser, a leading arts-management consultant and the current President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The goal: to position the organization as a model to other cities for overcoming cultural and social segregation.
Michael Kaiser spoke with Steve Kraske, host of Up to Date.
The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey have some friends outside of the area-- including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' president, Michael Kaiser.
In the second part of Friday's Up to Date, Kaiser talks with Steve Kraske about how he got his start here in town, what he's doing to help the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, and the state of performing arts in our nation.
Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
As of July 2011, modern dance choreographer Robert Battle is the new artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This marks only the third artistic leader of the New York City-based company since its founding in 1958.
Ailey Camp is one of the legacies of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. It's more than a summer camp for kids who want to dance. Alvin Ailey started the camp with the idea that dance could be a vehicle for growth and personal development among the community's youth.