2020 President's Gala

Benefiting the UCM School of Visual and Performing Arts

6-9 p.m.
March 30, 2020
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Helzberg Hall, Kansas City, MO
Guest Artist - David Cook, 2006 UCM alumnus, 2008 winner of "American Idol"

The University of Central Missouri’s 16th president, Roger J. Best, Ph.D., is reviving UCM’s President’s Gala as an avenue to celebrate student, faculty and alumni collaboration while raising needed funds to extend the educational benefits of the School of Visual and Performing Arts. The event, which is free and open to the public, will showcase students’ work from each of the school’s three areas of study: Art and Design, Music, and Theatre and Dance. The gala's theme this year is "The Arts Are the Future."

The special event will showcase music, theater, dance and visual arts – both separately and in unison – throughout the evening. Bryan Busby, chief meteorologist for KMBC-TV 9 News, will serve as the master of ceremonies. One highlight for the evening is a performance by celebrity UCM alumnus David Cook, ’06, whose musical career skyrocketed after he was named winner of the “American Idol” reality TV show in 2008. He will perform alongside current students in the School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Reserve Tickets

This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets must be reserved in order to reserve your seat. Tickets will be available beginning spring 2020. 


UCM theater students

Sponsorship Information

As funding for higher education grows more scarce, the responsibility to preserve and enhance students’ exploration within their areas of study has shifted to the private sector. UCM now relies more than ever on the generosity of donors who are passionate about the arts to support the future of the university, its students and its alumni.

More Sponsorship Info Become a Gala Sponsor



  • facebook
  • twitter
  • youtube
  • linkedin
  • instagram