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Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Celebrates 5th Year Anniversary of ShuttleCork

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri has announced the dates of the 5th year anniversary of ShuttleCork, the museum’s premier annual fundraiser and one of the top wine and art events in the Midwest. Scheduled for May 3 and May 4, 2018, ShuttleCork has successfully raised over $4 million in less than five years. Proceeds directly benefit the public, allowing the Nelson-Atkins to honor its commitment to offer free admission to all, including more than 66,500 students who participate in arts education each year.

A two-day event, ShuttleCork will encompass six Winemaker Dinners on Thursday, May 3, 2018, hosted in exquisite private homes, each featuring a multi-course wine-and-food tasting menu prepared by notable chefs with signature West Coast wines. The Grand Tastings & Auction will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 and welcomes patrons with a walk-around tasting showcasing more than 25 wineries and 20 restaurants in the classically-styled Rozzelle Court and Kirkwood Hall. The auction also takes place on museum grounds with more fine wines and small plates paired with lively bidding for one-of-a-kind items. For the first time, and to toast the 5th year anniversary of ShuttleCork, this year’s event will close with a second Grand Tasting featuring craft whiskey, estate wines, delectables and desserts, accompanied to music.

“ShuttleCork celebrates the art of wine and food each year at Nelson-Atkins as a wonderful complement to our incomparable collection of fine art and sculpture,” comments Julián Zugazagoitia, the Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell Director & CEO of the Nelson-Atkins. “The importance of this event cannot be overstated. Without the generous donations of our community we could not offer free admission, or fund community arts education for close to 500 area schools, 80% of which include economically disadvantaged children. We are proud to serve the arts in Kansas City and look forward to hosting our fifth year of ShuttleCork.”

The Nelson-Atkins is known for its neoclassical architecture and extensive collection of Asian art. It is the only art museum in the United States to host the groundbreaking exhibition Through the Eyes of Picasso (October 20, 2017-April 8, 2018), including many works being shown for the first time in this country. Arts in Kansas City contributed to a $276 million boost to the local economy in 2015 (The American for the Arts), a locally-driven cultural legacy that the Nelson-Atkins is proud to have supported since 1933. 

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