Nelson-Atkins Envisions Creation Of Cultural District | KCUR

Nelson-Atkins Envisions Creation Of Cultural District

Aug 12, 2014

The Nelson-Atkins grand vision of expansion includes a bridge over Brush Creek near what is now Theis Park.
Credit Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has unveiled plans for a bold expansion. The museum is talking about greater green spaces, walkways, and more sculptures as part of a gleaming cultural district. The new district would extend a mile in every direction from Oak Street and Emanuel Cleaver Boulevard. It’s a huge statement that could carry some pain as pieces of nearby historic neighborhoods would vanish to make way for this new vision. On Tuesday's Up to Date, the museum director and chief operating officer join Steve Kraske to lay out their vision.


  • Museum director Julián Zugazagoitia  is the director of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Karen Christiansen is COO of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.