Starlight Theatre Partners in Variety’s #InclusionRevolution

Starlight Theatre Partners in Variety’s #InclusionRevolution

Starlight Theatre is truly a Kansas City Classic, located right in the heart of our area. Because of their outdoor setting and easy access to seating, they have also been one of the more inclusive venues to enjoy music, theatre, and other productions.

The year, 2020, has thrown out a number of challenges – but along with it, some exciting innovation. Because Variety KC serves kids with special needs and their families, we are always on the look out for barriers to inclusion. Because of isolation and distancing, now the public also has a better understanding of what it means to be restricted in their activities. This has led to some thoughtful, purposeful planning.

Starlight Theatre approached Variety KC with plans for future inclusive changes. They are our newest partners in the #inclusionrevolution for the arts! Starting next year, you will be able to sign out sensory kits containing noise-muffling headphones and weighted lap pads. These kits will be available at Guest Information and are designed to help kids and their families enjoy the experience longer and more comfortably.

In addition, two universal changing tables (for older children and adults) will be installed in the east restrooms, one in the east men’s restroom and one in the east women’s restroom. These tables can be adjusted by height. Yes, something as basic as using the restroom can exclude people when it can’t be done safely and in a sanitary manner.  At Variety KC, we are never too shy to talk about potties!

Look around you, use this time to consider ways to make the world around you more inclusive. Join Variety KC’s #inclusionrevolution. If you would like to donate to the upcoming Starlight enhancements, visit VarietyKC.org/Donate.    Thank you!

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Variety KC’s Deb Wiebrecht

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Variety KC’s Deb Wiebrecht

IN Kansas City News Spotlight

Our very own Deb Wiebrecht, Executive Director and Chief Inclusion Office of Variety KC, was featured in an article on IN Kansas City’s website this month!

“Bless Deborah Wiebrecht’s heart—she’s one of the hardest working women in philanthropy. Wiebrecht has been the executive director of Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City for nearly a decade. With a background in media sales, as on-air talent, and in special events, she says her role at Variety KC is a combination of what she’s learned in business and what she’s committed to in her heart—helping to assist children with disabilities.” – Michael Mackie of IN Kansas City

Click here to learn 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Deb!

Variety KC Spotlight on Macaroni Kid

Variety KC Spotlight on Macaroni Kid

Macaroni Kid JoCo. publishes weekly, hyper-local e-newsletters and website articles featuring events, activities, products, and places for moms, kids, and families to visit. They also host local events and parties, and connect with communities via their rich and extensive social media channels! Each community is managed by a local Publisher Mom or Dad!

Variety KC was recently featured in Macaroni Kid’s Overland Park community newsletter, with over 10,000+ subscribers, and as a spotlight on their website! Read the full article here: All About Variety KC!

Overland Park Families – Make sure to check out Macaroni Kid’s local event section for a full list of, fun and safe, activities, and events to do with your family!