The Journey to Now: Kansas City Museum’s New Golden Age

What does it take to transform a 112-year-old home into a museum of Kansas City history and cultural heritage? 

In 2005, Kansas City Museum took its first step on a long journey toward the restoration and renovation of Corinthian Hall. Fast forward to fall 2021, and 16 years of effort and expectation have finally become a reality. 

Come experience the newly restored, renovated, and reopened Corinthian Hall. Discover how architects and designers brought back a gem from Kansas City’s past and how they plan to renovate the rest of the property. This is a unique opportunity to have conversations with the project’s architects, designers, and museum leaders while touring the galleries and collections. 

All guests will enjoy light appetizers and beverages.

Purchase a VIP* ticket and you will have the opportunity to create two craft cocktails with Nicolas Mermet, from Westport Cafe and Bar. Nicolas will walk guests through the “how’s and why’s” of a classic margarita and a Brown Derby. 

*VIP ticket holders will be asked to select a session from one of two time slots: 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm, or 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm. The two sessions will have identical content.

Grab your friends for a fun night out or make it a special date night!

This event is intended for individuals aged 21 and over.


**Masks are strongly encouraged for this event.**

Thursday, April 21
$30 + fees in advance; VIP Ticket: $45 + fees in advance
5:30pm - 8:30pm
6:00pm - 6:45pm 1st VIP Cocktail Class
7:15pm - 8:00pm 2nd VIP Cocktail Class
Drinks & Appetizers Provided

Anna Marie Tutera

Anna Marie Tutera is the Executive Director of the Kansas City Museum. In her current role, she led the $22 million renovation and restoration of Corinthian Hall and is leading the strategic planning and capital campaign to restore and renovate the rest of the property. 

She has considerable experience in museum and nonprofit management including executive leadership and organizational and program development. Tutera served as executive director of the Wornall/Majors House Museums, 2012 to 2014, where she led a capital project to reconstruct the foundation and façade of the 1858 John Wornall House, one of Kansas City’s most significant architectural treasures.  

She has worked at leading institutions such as Santa Fe Children's Museum; Fine Arts for Children and Teens, Santa Fe; Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley, CA; Drawbridge: An Arts Program for Homeless Children, San Rafael, California; San Francisco Foundation; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Chicago Children's Museum.  

Anna Marie holds a BA in English Literature from Northwestern University and an MA in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri.

Elizabeth Amirahmadi, AIA, Principal

Elizabeth Amirahmadi, a founding partner of International Architects Atelier, attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received a Master of Architecture degree. Elizabeth has designed award-winning cultural centers, higher education, and corporate projects. She served for 10 years on the board of the Kansas City Municipal Art Commission. Her true passion is creating innovative architecture, but a good mystery novel runs a close second.

Majid Amirahmadi, AIA, Principal

Majid Amirahmadi, a founding partner of International Architects Atelier, attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he received a Master of Architecture degree. Majid is passionate about exploring design solutions that both fit our client’s program needs, and exceed their expectations. Majid is as humble as they come, still trying to prove to his first-year design studio instructor that he is talented, despite over three decades of award-winning work.

Andy Short, AIA, Senior Associate Architect

Andy Short graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He consistently develops an atmosphere of collaboration amongst the design team, contractor, and client. His coordination skills ensure that work performed by various disciplines comes together logically to form a cohesive and functioning result. Since fatherhood is such a breeze, he derives all his drama in life from a good movie now and then.

Nicolas Mermet

Nicolas has been captivated by the food industry since his childhood. After studying in a hospitality school, he attended the University of Chambéry to specialize in the marketing and finance aspects of the food and beverage industry. After finishing school, Nicolas traveled and worked for different corporations (The Venetian in Las Vegas, Intercontinental in Chengdu, China and Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne). Currently, he oversees management and development of the catering company, Signature Events, and serves as Assistant General Manager at Westport Cafe and Bar.