Caroline Carter is one of the most inspiring people we know. She tragically lost her daughter Laura and her son-in-law Ryan to a car accident in 2017. In their memory, she started the Laura Hay Humphrey foundation, dedicated to bringing the performing arts to children all over Kansas City.

Laura was an artist and performer her entire life. She danced at Ibsen Dance Theatre and performed at Gladstone Theatre in the Park. She was an accomplished actress, singer, and dancer and shared her love of performing by teaching kids.

In our talk with Caroline, she highlights the many accomplishments of the foundation, including their new project called Ryan’s Art Closet. They provide art kits to children housed at the Newhouse and Hope Haven Women’s Shelters. This fantastic program has already impacted hundreds of children, giving those experiencing challenging situations some happiness through art.

You can contribute to the foundation by donating through their website,

You can also contribute through AmazonSmile. By using on your web browser or activating AmazonSmile on your Amazon shopping app on your IOS or Android phone (found under Settings on your app) and choosing the Laura Hay Humphrey Foundation, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the foundation.

We need your help to give away a scholarship

The Laura Hay Humphrey Foundation is sponsoring a drama scholarship to one of our drama classes for kids, and we need your help.

We are looking for a young person in the community who exemplifies Laura’s love for helping and improving their community. This could be someone who volunteers their time to local charities, organizes a neighborhood trash clean-up, or donates toys and clothes to the needy.

We would like to honor a young person between K-8th grades with a free after school or Saturday drama classes for kids. We would also like to highlight them on our Youtube channel and social media pages.

To nominate a student, just email us at Deadline is January 14.

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