The history of The Arts Asylum

our artists

The Arts Asylum serves as a "home" to several artists, creatives and performers in the Kansas City area. Offering both studio spaces, galleries, event spaces, and collaborative work areas for artists. Learn more about our resident artists and partners.

a safe place to create

The Arts Asylum was created to provide space and assistance to artists of all varieties. This is primarily accomplished through the offering of space to both create and share at affordable rates. The Arts Asylum also offers the staff and planning necessary to execute all necessary tasks so that artists may focus on creation instead of administration. As an example, The Arts Asylum will host quarterly art events to showcase resident artists, and executes one large fundraising event per year to help provide new and better amenities to artists of the community. 

In addition to assisting their residents, The Arts Asylum has been home to several community arts events including the fashion show for the annual Kansas City Fringe Festival. Their space has also been utilized by theater companies for reversals, music showcases, arts lectures and other events the serve the community.

Together with the help of the Kansas City arts community, The Arts Asylum hopes to enrich downtown and the Kansas City arts community as a whole with a new arts space.


Our Staff & Board


Board Members

Our Spaces

James & Marjory Russell Theatre

Occupancy of 350 - seating for 237

Available for theatrical productions, music events, art shows, and private events. 


Ann K. Brown Co-Lab

Occupancy of 50 or less

Available for classes, studio work, small meetings or gatherings, and presentations. 

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or call (816) 301-7444 to reserve any of our spaces and for additional info.