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Two special events, both open to the public, will celebrate the opening of “The Human Spirit” library collection and its importance to the community:

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17 at 2:00 pm
Art and the Human Spirit
Opening Reception and Keynote Address
Truman Forum, Plaza Library
Julian Zugazagoitia,
Director/CEO of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,
will address the ways in which art is a manifestation of the human spirit and human experience.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 at 2:00 pm
Surveying the Human Spirit:An Introduction to the new collection of books on World Religions
Presentation and discussion with Rev. Vern Barnet
Large Meeting Room, Plaza Library
The founder of CRES and the Kansas City Interfaith Council will conduct a special session on how to use The Human Spirit collection to study other religions and gain a deeper understanding of the commonalities and the differences in various faith philosophies.

Both events are free and open to the public. Attendance is encouraged, as the community gathers to applaud the culmination of a true community effort, from the challenge grant by The Shumaker Family Foundation through fundraising and the contributions from across the community.

Thank you to everyone whose contributions have made this project happen. You are all fine examples of “The Human Spirit” in action!

Books That Build Bridges, the campaign to meet the "challenge grant" of the Shumaker Family Foundation by September 30, was successful. Our thanks to the Foundation and to everyone who provided support for this campaign. Look for further announcements in the future as the project develops.

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Cultural Crossroads in Kansas City

Our vision
-- a society which honors the heritage of our diverse cultures amid a climate of mutual respect and a shared future.

Our programs -- interactive learning experiences for children, youth, adults and families, in a fun, creative environment

Our focus -- understanding people of different cultures based on common life experiences of all cultures

Cultural Crossroads is a community initiative with open-ended opportunities to become involved. 

Contact us today to make a difference for tomorrow!

Cultural Crossroads, Inc. is a Missouri not-for-profit corporation with 501c3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.

Cultural Crossroads, Inc

3605 Blue Ridge Boulevard
Independence, Missouri 64052
Contact: Mary Gibson McCoy, President



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“ Every Day's a Holiday!”

Holidays are everywhere.  Some holidays are celebrated in many cultures and some holidays are celebrated in a few cultures, but every culture has its own unique form of celebration. Participants will explore other cultures and learn about aspects of those cultures by creating crafts to take home as a souvenir.





Family Dance Class

Children, teens and adults join together in the dances of different cultures, sharing movement and learning in a family atmosphere.





What's in the future?  A cultural center for Kansas City!

Kansas City has always been an important crossroad in America (of rivers, trails and highways) and Kansas City enjoys a rich cultural diversity which should be showcased and celebrated.

What would a cultural center provide for Kansas City?

Cultural Crossroads, Inc. is a Missouri not-for-profit corporation with 501c3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.