The Future Stages Festival is an annual community celebration of young performing artists in Kansas City. This spotlight on youth performances and family friendly programming supports the growth of future artists with a focus on engaging youth performers. All ages can experience the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as artists and patrons through the Future Stages Festival. The free event included a diverse array of performances along with interactive arts activities. The Future Stages Festival takes place every year through the Kauffman Center’s Spotlight on Youth program. This provides opportunities for youth and community arts organizations. Each year, about 25 groups are chosen through a competitive process. Visit kauffmancenter.orgRead More →

Sunday May 8, 2016 and the days leading up to it were my best celebration of Mother’s Day yet! No, I didn’t get breakfast in bed (ugh crumbs) or a day at the spa (maybe soon). However, what I did get I loved, none the less. A fantastic Mother’s Day weekend with my incredible daughter, Lily. The weekend got kicked off at the first 18th & Vine jazz district First Friday. It had the vibes of being more like a neighborhood block party. The street from the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey office to Cajun style restaurant Danny’s Big Easy was closed off. SoundsRead More →

Have A SocialHeart

Today, February 15, 2016, marks Presidents Day or Washington’s Birthday, depending on who you ask. This is a day in our nation when we show honor to the 44 Presidents of the United States of America. However, I’m celebrating the holiday Kansas City style and sharing an interview with Jon Fizette, President and Secretary of the Board of SocialHeart. SocialHeart is a 100% volunteer-based organization that provides contributions to Kansas City charities in an unique way. How did SocialHeart get started? SocialHeart was created by co-founders, Luke Wade, Beth Ott, and Julie Ray, who were tired of the stuffy dinner fundraisers and wanted something moreRead More →

Years ago I walked past a Jimmy John’s (of all places) and noticed a poster on the wall. “50 Things I Learned By the Time I Was 50”. I stood there long enough to read through the list twice. It was such a novel idea that it has stuck with me ever since. So, now, as I get ready for my 30th birthday I want to share 30 things I’ve learned. Who knows? This may inspire you to reflect on what lessons life has taught you. Thirty for 30th Birthday 1. I can no longer place the blame for what’s wrong with me solely onRead More →