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How is SPARK keeping members safe in the age of COVID19?

SPARK will always comply with all relevant CDC, Federal, State, local and UMKC guidelines.

The health of our members is our top priority! Starting in the Fall of 2021, most classes will be presented in a “hybrid” format allowing members to attend in-person or via Zoom to allow participation for members with mobility or distance barriers and those concerned about the COVID19 variants..  

What programs do you offer?

  • During our current age of Social Distancing, SPARK began offering online Zoom classes to our members in our Summer quarter.  We plan to return to face to face classes when shelter in place restrictions are lifted.
  • High quality face to face classes on a wide range of topics are taught by knowledgeable and experienced volunteer instructors with a passion for teaching adult students.
  • Each quarter, SPARK members enjoy tours of local museums and historical sites.
  • Member events each quarter to preview upcoming classes and enjoy the company of other members.
  • Special interest groups such as book clubs and our Let’s Eat Out Group that meets weekly at Kansas City area restaurants.

How do I register as a SPARK member?

It’s easy! You can join online or print off a registration form from our website, give us a call, or email us at spark@umkc.edu.

Where are classes held?

Starting in the Fall of 2021, most classes will be presented in a “hybrid” format allowing members to attend in-person or via Zoom to allow participation for members with mobility or distance barriers and those concerned about the COVID19 variants. The health of our members is our top priority! 

In addition, hybrid classes will be recorded and made available to those who pay to participate for a minimum of 6 months after the date of the last class for that quarter.  This allows those enrolled to review materials or miss a class without the fear of falling behind!

Unless otherwise noted, all face to face classes are held at 4825 Troost Avenue in room 112. Click here for a map.

Can I try out a class before I join?

We invite you to attend a single class, program, or outing of your choice – the sophistication of our offerings will surprise you!  Email spark@umkc.edu for information.

What are the Costs? 

Annual dues: $40 

Classes: $25-30

KC Gems/Tours: costs vary

SPARK accepts CASH, CHECK and CREDIT CARD (though the PayPal platform).

 

Where do I park for face to face classes and is there a cost?

University regulations require everyone parking on campus on an irregular basis (like SPARK) to have a parking pass. This includes those with handicapped parking. The fee is $3 per day for SPARK members. The permit enables you to park in any lot on the UMKC campus.

You may purchase a hang tag to be placed on the rear view mirror facing the front windshield. You will need one for each day you will be in class. You may pre-order your Parking Tags for the number of days you will need to use it. Please refer to the SPARK Class Catalog for more information about parking for SPARK classes.

You may also purchase metered parking using the AMP Parking App which you can download to your smart phone by searching your App Store. This app allows you to park for your desired amount of time in the spots designated for metered parking and will even send you an alert if your time is about to expire! Cost is $1.25 per hour. 

How can I support SPARK with my time and/or treasures?

SPARK is a volunteer run organization and depends on dedicated individuals who give generously of their time. SPARK can benefit from your passion and talents! Please complete the Volunteer Interest form by clicking HERE.  If you would like to make a donation of your treasure rather than your time, please go to our donate page by clicking HERE.  You can also contact us by emailing spark@umkc.edu or calling 816-235-2870.