A year ago, on February 23, 2017, a year ago, we registered our organization. Our mission is to promote and celebrate the rich multi-ethnic culture of the Russian-speaking people of Kansas and Missouri. We welcome everyone who shares the same interest. To grow a new non-profit organization is very rewarding and challenging at the same time. It is only possible with the help and support of many of you.
We would like to thank our Board of Directors which is represented by people that are originally from Russia and Ukraine.We thank our members and friends that represent: Russia (including republics of Tatarstan, Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria); USA (States of MO, KS, CA, CO, OK, TX & MD); Ukraine; Belarus; Latvia; Estonia; Morocco; Israel; Malaysia; Azerbaijan; Brazil; Uzbekistan; India; Pakistan; Turkey; and other.
We are very proud that Russian House of Kansas City was joined by great local organizations such as Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Ballet, Park University, Writers Place and we partnered for the program with the National World War I Museum and Memorial. And on February 23, 2018, we welcomed the Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City (JFS) as our member and community partner.
We appreciate small businesses and their owners for being our members. We would like to thank our Honorary Members from Russia, Azerbaijan and USA -- great professionals that represent music, literature and sport. We thank our sponsors for their support in the past year: Irina’s Gourmet Bakery Irina and Nikolay Yefremov, Kansas City RU and Lana Yeager, Park University (International Students Department), European Delights and Rita Reznikov and Oleg Grimberg, Le Petite Farm and Galina Konrad, as well as our members Jeffrey Leiserowitz and Tatiana Scanlan. We thank Mr. Joel English with the Entrepreneurship Innovation Center of KCKSCC for the support. We thank Jane Allstat as well. We also thank Mr. Jim Selle and Stinson Leonard Street LLP for their support and assistance.
About our last year activities. We organized several events and programs including DAY OF CULTURE Series. We opened it with the presentation about Azerbaijan. Our special thanks to Dr. Kubra Alieva, our Honorary Member. We had a successful educational event, commemorating the 100-year anniversary of Socialist Revolution of 1917. The event took place in the National WWI Museum and Memorial. We thank Mr. Doran Cart from the WWI Museum and the Museum of Russian Culture in San-Francisco, CA, for their support. We participated in promotional events for the Lyric Opera’s production of Eugene Onegin. It was beautiful. Thank you Lyric Opera of Kansas City for this experience!We enjoyed visiting the Kansas City Ballet and learning about their founders. We represented our culture at several local international festivals organized by: Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Kansas City, Mid America Asian Culture Association, Park University, UMKC and other. At the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, for the first time in Kansas City, we introduced the Tatar ethnic group from Russia. We are proud to be members of EEC and MAACA.
We created a monthly newsletter and the Instagram page. We thank our News and Marketing Committee representatives Misha Marchenko and Elena Brefo for helping us with sharing news about Russian House of Kansas City. We started Asia Papinako Scholarship Fund. This year we are introducing new RUSSIAN SEASONS IN KANSAS CITY series with the Maslenitsa event that took place on February 25, 2018. We were invited to local TV and radio. News about us were written in the US and Russian-Tatar newspapers (Russian America and Өмет).
We believe that our new organization is very important to everyone who is interested in promoting diversity in our area and in learning about different cultures. We are about connections, friendships, multiculturalism and well-being of our community. Our Russian House of Kansas City is one-year old. It takes time to build it big.
We would be happy if you join and support us!
We would like to welcome the Writers Place, our new member.
The Writers Place is a literary center that advances and celebrates the craft of writing. As a literary community center and gathering place for writers, readers, and the general public, Writers Place provide support, resources, and inspiration for those in our region who care about the word as art.
Learn more about Writers Place
We would like to welcome our new member and a community partner:
Kansas City Ballet.
Founded in 1957, Kansas City Ballet is a 30-member professional ballet company under the direction of Artistic Director Devon Carney and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Kansas City Ballet offers an eclectic repertory ranging from the traditional classics to exciting contemporary ballets. Through its professional company, its second company (comprised of KCB II and Trainees) and its many community service programs, we seek to nurture and develop our artists, audiences and students in the values inherent in the creativity, diversity and joy of dance. The company reaches over 20,000 Kansas City students and adults each year through its community education and engagement programs and provides dance training through the Kansas City Ballet School.
Our home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity on the campus of Union Station, in conjunction with our Resident Company status at the world-class Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has truly positioned Kansas City as a Destination for Dance.
Kansas City Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet
Oct. 13-22, 2017
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy ranks among the world’s most enduring stories. Artistic Director Devon Carney brings us his interpretation of this classic masterpiece with soaring choreography and sweeping characters. Don’t miss one of the most popular ballets in the world, the fateful embrace of star-crossed lovers. Enjoy the music of Sergei Prokofiev performed live by Kansas City Symphony.
Special offer to our members and friends: 50% off of Zones B or C.
Contact us for more information.
We would like to introduce our new member: Park University.
Park University is a renowned private university of nearly 10,000 students located just north of downtown Kansas City in beautiful Parkville, MO. Park also features 4 campus centers in the Kansas City area (Downtown KC, Lenexa, Independence and Parkville) and 40 campus centers in the USA.
We would like to introduce a new member of our organization.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City, founded in 1958, is one of the nation’s premier regional opera companies and brings high quality live operatic performances to the people of the Kansas City area and a five-state region. Repertoire choices encompass original language performances of standard repertory as well as contemporary and American operas. Lyric Opera also offers innovative and award-winning programs designed to further music and arts education both in schools and in the community.
Mark your calendar.
Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
September 30, October 4 and 6 (7:30 pm) and October 8 (2:00 pm)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – 1601 Broadway KCMO 64108
With this simple recipe for regret, Tchaikovsky turned Pushkin’s classic Russian novel into one of the world’s most beloved operas. Awash in aristocratic formality and extravagance, Onegin’s youthful disillusionment snowballs into a tragic love story saturated with drama, death, and desperation. Yet, along this cold, dark descent, Tchaikovsky never fails to flood us in famed arias, renowned ballroom dance numbers, and unforgettable moments.
Enjoy this classic Russian opera and receive a discount of 25% off regular ticket price by joining the Russian House of Kansas City group order.
Contact us for details and RSVP for group orders.
As a member of the Mid American Cultural Association, we would like to invite you to the Asian Cultural Festival. Our group is a participating in the event.
Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM - 7 PM
Location: Olathe East High School
14545 W. 127th St, Olathe KS 66062
Tickets: Adults - $10. Kids under 16 - free.
We will have a booth with craft and baked goods from Irina's Gourmet Bakery.
A few words about the festival events:
10:30 AM - Opening Ceremony.
12:30 PM - Outstanding Student Award. Our applicant for the Award is Gregory Hassler.
5:30 PM - Russian group "From Russia to America" will perform on stage.
Visit us at the festival!
Join and Support the Russian House of Kansas City!
As a member of the Mid-America Asian Cultural Association (MAACA), the Russian House of Kansas City is participate in their events. Gregory Hassler, a student at Blue Valley North High School and member of the Russian House of Kansas City, is a candidate for the 2017 Asian Outstanding Student Award.
The purpose of the 2017 Asian Outstanding Student Award is to recognize the outstanding students in our Asian communities. The selection criteria could include academic achievements, community involvement and volunteer work. High school seniors and juniors are eligible to receive this award.
We wish the best to Gregory!