Community Connections


Base Academy of Music
Clint Velazquez

Mission: We teach the foundations of music to urban youth to help them see their God given potential and succeed in school and beyond.

BAM was officially formed in 2013 as a nonprofit organization in the state of Missouri.  We believe music education is a vital part of a complete education and students who want to study music should be able to, regardless of the community they live in or their economic status.  We know the lessons learned in music help develop us into competent, contributing members of our communities.
The organization provides private and group lessons, in addition to after school programs and small ensembles to the students of the KCMO school district boundaries.


Superhero Yoga

Janis King started teaching yoga in the Fall of 2016, and was impressed with the health benefits she experienced and witnessed in her students. A former marketing executive and mother of three young children, she imagined bringing this powerful healing art into high-poverty schools where the impact of her work could be even greater.

When the executive director at Academy for Integrated Arts heard her idea, she urged Janis to begin a pilot program immediately at the school.  With the help of AFIA librarian, Laurie Bomba, and one of Janis’ first yoga teachers, Isaac Collins, Superhero Yoga was born.

Kansas City native and business owner Isaac Collins had been looking for a way to give back to the Kansas City community by sharing his passion for mindfulness with young people. Isaac had begun a practice of transcendental meditation in 2012 to heal from a traumatic experience, and had extended his practice to teaching yoga in 2016. When Janis approached Isaac to join Superhero Yoga, he needed no convincing.

Superhero Yoga provided the first trauma-informed yoga class to the students at Academy for Integrated Arts in March of 2017. The need for trauma-informed yoga in Kansas City schools is great, and growing. Superhero Yoga has assembled and trained a team of qualified yoga instructors to address this need.


Kansas City Young Audiences

5601 Wyandotte St
Kansas City, MO 64113

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up.” Pablo Picasso 

Founded in 1961, KCYA’s original mission was to bring classical music programs to area school children. Since that time, KCYA has expanded to deliver programs in all arts disciplines including music, dance, theater, creative writing and visual arts through partnerships with professional Teaching Artists and Arts Partners. KCYA helps schools provide arts programs to their students as well as operates the Community School of the Arts which provides children the opportunity to further explore their own artistic and creative abilities beyond the regular school day. Serving more than 5 million in its history, KCYA is the largest provider of arts programs in the Kansas City area and one of the largest members of the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network.