HPKC and American Century Investments save the music!
When American Century Investments purchased the Luyben’s Music building this summer, they expected it to be empty. To their surprise, there were shelves upon shelves of sheet music and even some instruments. With plans to demolish the building, Megan Arndt, Facilities Planning Consultant at American Century, knew she had to do something. That’s when she called Harmony Project KC.
Harmony Project KC, flagship program of the Northeast Community Center, is a free, after-school orchestral music program serving predominantly children of color in under-resourced areas of the urban core. HPKC has been in operation for five years, and is serving 240 children this school year.
“We received an e-mail from American Century, and we were in shock. Luyben’s was a Kansas City institution, and the inventory was a treasure trove. I asked Megan what would happen if we didn’t take all of it, and she said it would (unfortunately) likely go to the dumpster.” Knowing Harmony Project KC would not be able to use all of the donated materials, they looked to their Board of Directors for help.
The heart and the engine leading this undertaking is Board Member Michael Gordon. Gordon, the Principal Flute of the Kansas City Symphony, is working to catalogue the inventory. What can be used at Harmony Project KC will stay here for children in the urban core. What cannot be used at HPKC, will have a new home in our city.
Thanks to the collaboration of American Century Investments, Harmony Project KC, and Mike Gordon of the Kansas City Symphony, the music continues in our city!