Japan Council:Kansas City

Naka-Kon

Naka-Kon was founded in 2005 by the University of Kansas Anime Club. What started as a small tabling event at the University of Kansas has grown into an annual Japanese pop-culture convention with attendees from all over the greater Kansas City area and the United States. It has been held in the Overland Park Convention Center for the past six years and will be again on March 16-18, 2018.

Naka-Kon is completely volunteer run and managed by its parent organization, Naka-Kon Japanese Cultural Education Association. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity in both Kansas and Missouri. The non-profit’s mission statement is as follows:

“To further the understanding of Japanese culture by presenting, promoting, and conducting such educational endeavors as lectures, forums, and conferences for the general public to experience aspect of Japanese culture and art forms, thus enhancing their knowledge of various aspects of Japanese culture including but not limited to language, animation, comics, drawing, creative writing, dance, fashion, music, theatrical presentation, and computer-generated graphic art.

To execute the charitable, educational, and artistic purposes of spreading knowledge of Japanese culture to a wider audience; investigating and analyzing culturally-specific artwork; facilitating the exchange of ideas on topics of cultural issues illustrated in visual mediums; conducting competitions demonstrating and exercising artistic expressions of drawing, writing, and visual performance; creating and demonstrating artistic forms of writing, acting and stage performance, fashion, and computer graphics inspired by anime and similar artwork; and sponsoring and conducting public presentations of anime and related art forms.

To organize, host, sponsor, and produce an annual Japanese cultural convention open to public registration (the “Convention”).”

Naka-Kon’s main event is the annual convention. In addition, Naka-Kon hosts smaller events, such as anime film screenings and gaming tournaments, in the local community throughout the year.
Those interested in joining the Naka-Kon team may visit https://naka-kon.com/join-naka-kon.  Naka-Kon has volunteer positions available for almost every skill set and level of commitment.

 

Resources:

Website: https://naka-kon.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nakakon/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nakakon

Community Outreach Director: Megan McQueen  megan.mcqueen@naka-kon.com

Sponsorship Director: Geoffrey Voss  geoffrey.voss@naka-kon.com

General Inquiry: community@naka-kon.com