ArtsKC—Regional Arts Council announces the pilot of The Drop, a regional arts & culture access program designed to break down the barriers to participation for individuals who do not typically participate or have been excluded from experiencing the arts. With support from the Marion & Henry Bloch Family Foundation, The Drop reduces the cost of participation, enlists community-based organizations to serve as outreach partners, and provides know-before-you-go information to establish familiarity, all creating a stronger sense of belonging toward a wide variety of events offered by the Kansas City arts & culture community.

During the pilot phase of the program, participating Arts & Culture Organizations will offer various Drop member benefits: $10 tickets to performances, exhibitions, and events, free parking vouchers, or concession discounts. Pilot Drop Membership Cards will be distributed by 11 community service organizations we have identified as Community Ambassadors. They will provide outreach and promotion for the program, inviting those they serve to join The Drop.

To ensure there is no financial burden for arts organizations, ArtsKC covers 100% of the discounts offered by The Drop. In short, we’re making a difference by paying the difference.

ArtsKC is thrilled to launch the pilot phase of this transformative program. We look forward to working with our initial partners and members as we continue learning how to remove barriers and advance access to the arts for all.

Participating arts & culture organizations at the launch of the pilot phase of The Drop:

The Drop officially “drops” after the new year in 2024.