Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE School Matinees in 2023

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Announces NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE School Matinees in 2023

The National Geographic Live 2023 Student Matinee Series features three presenters, including a cave diving photographer, a wildcat filmmaker and a nature photographer. Each National Geographic Live speaker will share visual stories, illustrated with award-winning photography and video, about their topic. A short Q&A session will follow each presentation.

Recommended for college students. Tickets are $2 each for students and educators. Schools attending a school matinee at the Kauffman Center can apply for bus assistance through the Evergy-supported Open Doors Transportation Fund. Learn more at kauffmancenter.org/transportation.

Educators can find more information and request tickets for matinees beginning September 12, 2022 at kauffmancenter.org/schoolmatinees. Email [email protected] with your questions.


Jasper Doest, photographer
A voice for nature

January 24, 2023 at 10:30 a.m.

Dutch photographer Jasper Doest creates visual stories that explore the relationship between humanity and nature. From Bob, a rehabilitated flamingo on the island of Curacao who now acts as an ambassador for education, to Japanese “snow monkeys” who delight in bathing in local hot springs, Doest aims to give a voice to the wildlife of our world. His moving, award-winning images are an urgent reminder of the beauty and fragility of our planet.

Sandesh Kadur, photographer and filmmaker
wild cats of india

February 21, 2023 at 10:30 a.m.

With landscapes spanning the towering Himalayas, arid plains and dense jungles, India is home to an unparalleled diversity of wild cats. While many big cats are well-known and well-documented, photographer and filmmaker Sandesh Kadur is on a mission to shine a light on the country’s lesser-known felines to safeguard their future. Check out Pallas’ little cat with a grumpy face, the fishing cat that leaps into the water to catch its prey, and the ancient and elusive clouded leopard. With Kadur’s captivating images and video, you’ll experience a world of wild cats up close like you’ve never seen before.

Robbie Shone, photographer
In Deep: Caving Adventures

April 11, 2023 at 10:30 a.m.

For over 20 years, renowned cave photographer Robbie Shone has traveled to remote areas of the world to illuminate and document the deepest, largest and longest known cave systems in the world. In 2018, he joined a team on a National Geographic expedition to Abkhazia, Georgia, to descend to the bottom of Veryovkina, the deepest known cave in the world. But when a sudden surge of flooding hit, Shone and the team had to climb for their lives to escape the rapidly rising waters. Join him for a first-hand account of this captivating adventure and an inside look at the mesmerizing beauty of one of the world’s last known frontiers of exploration.

The 2023 National Geographic Live School Matinees in Kansas City are supported by the Marlese and Robert Gourley Children’s Fund, the Teresa and Tom Walsh Family Foundation, and the John N. and Marilyn P. McConnell Foundation. PNC Bank is the sponsor of the Community Notes.

The 2023 National Geographic Live in Kansas City series is made possible by the Teresa and Tom Walsh Family Foundation. The Kauffman Center Presents series is made possible by the John N. and Marilyn P. McConnell Foundation.

Support is also provided by the Saint Luke Health System, as well as Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City. “A Voice for Nature” is sponsored by the Kansas City Zoo.

Find information and maps for Kauffman Center parking and construction updates at kauffmancenter.org/parking. The Arts District Garage, immediately south and below the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is the main parking lot for guests. Parking for individual cars is $10 per vehicle in the Arts Quarter Garage.

The Kauffman Center’s promise to bring artists and audiences together is reflected in many ways, including breaking down barriers and providing access to our performing arts experiences for all clients. You can learn more by visiting kauffmancenter.org/accessibility. To request services or receive additional information that would make your visit more enjoyable, please contact our box office at 816.994.7222 or [email protected].