The Rabbit hOle is bringing together book lovers, literacy advocates, publishers, award- winning authors and illustrators, educators, artists, community partners, corporations, and leading philanthropists to create a new museum experience around literature, national in scope, that will transform Kansas City’s cultural and educational landscape. 








MAJOR DONORS special thanks to the following & our many other generous supporters!


Marny and John Sherman

The Sunderland Foundation

The Kemper Family Foundations

Jean & Tom McDonnell and the

McDonnell Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Haggerty Family Foundation

Miller Hammond Charitable Fund

Edward F. Swinney Trust

Finley Family Fund

The Sosland Foundation

The Hulston Family Foundation

Jack F. and Glenna Y. Wylie Charitable Foundation

Hughes Family Foundation

Paul and Jonalee McLaughlin

Jackie and Henry Massman

Bradley W. and Linda J. Nicholson

Ann and Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation

MMKS McDowell Family Donor Advised Fund

National Endowment for the Arts

Constance Cooper Foundation

Morgan Family Fund

J.E. Dunn Construction

Lisa and Charlie Schellhorn

Abe and Anna Bograd Memorial Trust

Capitol Federal Foundation

The Andrews Family Foundation

MacMillan Publishing

Gould Charitable Foundation

Massman Foundation

Terry and Linda Ward

Diane & John Power

Stanley H. Durwood Foundation

Annette & Larry Hancks

Chip and Cindy Luerding

John Black & Darcy Howe

Larry and Trina Taft

Lance & Rania Anderson

Jon Scieszka and Jeri Hansen

Chris and Don Alexander

Anne Bethune

Joan Horan

The Curry Family Foundation

Francis Family Foundation

Missouri Humanities Council

Reisler Family Fund

Kathleen And Tim Fendler

Lisa Brown and Daniel Handler

Hayden Harman Foundation

Kaye Summers and Danny Carpenter

Ellen & Irv Hockaday

Lisa Brown and Daniel Handler

William Lichtenberger

Gattermeir Family Foundation

Mark Reichle and Nancy Miller

Larry and Kim Kittoe

Dalene Bradford

Steve, Mary Anne, and Kiloh McDowell

Brian Selznick and David Serlin

Mary And Don Newton

Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation

Susan Johnson

Lockton Companies

The Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation

Shumaker Family Foundation

The H&R Block Foundation

Dav and Sayuri Pilkey

Leslie & Forest Swyden

Cloud L. Cray Foundation

CommunityAmerica Foundation

Country Club Bank


Paul Critchlow

Laurie Bomba and Andy Fromm

Harley-Davidson Foundation

Liberty Public Schools

Brownstone Family Foundation

Mike & Linda Lyon

Babs & Bill Lowenstein

J.B. Reynolds Foundation

Dick & Gloria Anderson

Sara & David O’Connell

Dianne Shumaker

Neil Karbank

Wendy & Grant Burcham

Seyferth Family Fund

Bill & Kathryn Worley

Elizabeth & Louis Nave Flarsheim Charitable Trust


Kim and Ted Higgins Family Charitable Fund

The Rabbit hOle is supported by these and other generous contributors - like you!

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Christian Robinson (for The Rabbit hOle, 2018)



The Rabbit hOle is working directly with authors, estates, and publishers to realize its vision. Virtually every major publisher in the industry has endorsed the project. Award-winning authors and illustrators from around the world will visit The Rabbit hOle as collaborators, presenters, and mentors. 


"All the immediate delights of electronic culture, but all the wealth and value of literature."

- Daniel Handler


“Reading is an open door to abundance. The Rabbit Hole is a key to unlock it.”  

- Christian Robinson


"Who would want to go to an immersive interactive center, dedicated to a great literary art form?"

- Mac Barnett


"Do you believe in the importance of books and stories for ALL readers? If yes, turn your belief into action by supporting The Rabbit hOle."

- Linda Sue Park


"You can throw your money down a hole and have nothing to show for it. Or you can donate to The Rabbit hOle and create a brilliant universe within a child. Your choice."

- Jack Gantos


Stories give us hope, they tell us the truth, make us feel seen. The Rabbit hOle brings stories to life. 

- Kate DiCamillo


"I feel like this is an author/illustrator's dream come true." 

- Matt de la Peña


"We all must celebrate the creation of art and love and beauty and we must support places where hope can be maintained and disseminated. The Rabbit Hole is just such a place."

- Brian Selznick



As America’s Creative Crossroads, Kansas City is becoming a leader in the creative placemaking movement. Creative placemaking leverages public and private partnerships to create strong, healthy, and diverse communities through the arts.

The Rabbit hOle has this concept at its very core, as we  partnerships with important community partners including the Kansas City Public Library, Coterie Theatre, Mesner Puppet Theater, Kansas City Art Institute, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Turn the Page KC, Lead to Read, and Operation Breakthrough, among others. The Rabbit hOle is already having an impact on the local economy by partnering with the City of North Kansas City and the Missouri Development Finance Board to secure $2 million in state tax credits for the project.



We are exceedingly grateful for our generous community, especially those organizations who offer their ongoing support. These companies and civic institutions believe in The Rabbit hOle's mission. We invite you to support these community-minded companies. 





816 - 492 -7915

not open to the public...yet!

919 East 14th Ave.

North Kansas City, MO 64116

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