Carlsen Center in Kansas City
The Carlsen Center is Johnson County’s performing arts center. Early on, the founders of Johnson County Community College (JCCC) dreamed of building a world-class performing arts venue in Johnson County, Kansas. In 1990, that dream was realized, and the center soon became a cultural hub for the rapidly growing county. The Carlsen Center’s growth parallels that of Johnson County, expanding from 50 events the first season to around 150 annually today. Events include Carlsen Center Presents (CCP), the annual series of around 25 events presented by JCCC that feature professional, internationally known artists in a wide variety of genres; academic branches of JCCC; and community groups who rent the space.
Since 2000, with the development of the Carlsen Center Arts Education program, the Carlsen Center also addresses cultural and art-related program needs in K-12 education. The CC Arts Education programs include school performances at the Carlsen Center, and engagement activities with artists performing in schools. Master classes, lecture/demonstrations, workshops and other opportunities for interaction with students happen throughout the year. CC Arts Education also offers support materials for programs, study guides, concert previews, plus professional development – creative skills workshops and curriculum-building seminars for teachers in arts integration.
The CC Arts Education had a leadership role in the re-establishment of the Kansas Alliance for Arts Education, and in 2014 was named a Kennedy Center Partners in Education site, teamed with the Shawnee Mission School District. An expansion of the Kennedy Center Partnership occurred in 2018 with the addition of the Liberty Schools, making it one of two cross-state Kennedy Center Partnerships in the US. CC Arts Ed is the only Kennedy Center Partner in the state of Kansas.
Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College
Yardley Hall, the Polsky Theatre and the box office are all located in the Carlsen Center on the campus of Johnson County Community College.
Location and Parking
Carlsen Center Presents events take place primarily in Yardley Hall and the Polsky Theatre in the Carlsen Center on the campus of Johnson County Community College.
Yardley Hall is located in the Carlsen Center on the campus of Johnson County Community College, at the southwest corner of College Boulevard and Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas.
The Polsky Theatre is located in the Carlsen Center on the campus of Johnson County Community College, at the southwest corner of College Boulevard and Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas.
Carlsen Center Directions