As a multi-cultural community, the greater Kansas City area has rich and diverse resources from many ethnic organizations. The FCCF, in conjunction with the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City, is a recognized leader that has made significant contributions to the community at large. The Foundation supports a broad range of cultural programming, including the performing arts, visual arts, community outreach, and educational projects. For a list of events, visit the Filipino Association's calendar.

Performing Arts

The Sinag-Tala Performing Arts Troupe was established in 1972 as the signature cultural extension of the Filipino Association. Since then it has actively performed at community events, cultural festivals, schools, churches, and private functions throughout Kansas City. The original founders have passed on the responsibility to preserve and promote this part of Filipino culture to a new generation of young dancers. The Sampaguita Choir (sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines) is the vocal component of the Troupe. Revived in 1995 after a long hiatus, the Choir has become a staple at various functions in the area Filipino community. The Choir is composed of non-musical professionals; yearly performances include weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, community events, and liturgical celebrations.

Visual Arts & Exhibits

Cultural exhibits representing Philippine art, artifacts, and history have been an important part of programming for the FCC. Past exhibits include shows dedicated to: Philippine shells; indigenous saints (or santos); international ceramics; first-generation immigrant stories; a young artists showcase; native textiles – including ternos, barong tagalogs, and other clothing and fabrics; basketry; native jewelry; World War II memorabilia; and the pictorial "When America Came to the Philippines" – a study of American influences in Filipino culture. As limited space and security have become a recent concern, no exhibits have been held for several years. A new, permanent exhibit space will be part of the Phase II Expansion Project.

Community Outreach

The FCCF collaborates with other organizations to offer its resources and benefit the community at-large. In cooperation with the Philippine Medical Society of Greater Kansas City and the Philippine Nurses Association of Greater Kansas City, the FCCF has held an annual Health Fair at the FCC since 2004. Open and free to the public, the event offers services such as visual screening, blood sugar and cholesterol checks, CPR training, and nutrition and diet information, among others. In 2008, this collaborative group started the Medical Mission 5K Run/Walk (MM5K), a fundraising effort to support medical missions to the Philippines that reach out to less fortunate. Proceeds from the MM5K also support local cultural programs to support the youth activities in their leadership training.

Education

In addition to the FCCF’s support of programs for youth, basic computer classes for seniors were recently offered, a boon for a generation that did not get the technological training and exposure that we take for granted. In 2009 the first of a series of Tagalog language classes was initiated with much success, drawing the attention of many first-generation born Filipino-Americans. In the works for are Filipino cooking classes, amongst a list of educational offerings for the near future.

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Our “home” is the Filipino Cultural Center, a multi-purpose facility completed in 2000. The Phase II Expansion Project will increase its size by 50%, adding a library, exhibition hall, and storage. More...
   



Working in conjunction with the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City, the FCCF engages in fundraising actvities to sustain the endeavors and long-range goals of the community. More...
   



Help our growing and increasingly active community. The Phase II Expansion Project adds space to the Filipino Cultural Center. Consider making a contribution to our building fund. More...