WHY DIASTOLE?

2019 ANNUAL REPORT

DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

"We both, Mary and Grey, have a faith in human dialog, social intercourse, the amenities of scholarly communication, and the encouragement of these by a felicitous setting. We conceived this Scholars’ Center to further that faith."

 

–From Diastole’s Donors’ Intent 

HEARTS AT REST

EVENTS HOSTED

in

2019

248

7,612

VISITORS

through our

BIG BLUE DOORS

INTERNATIONAL APARTMENT

GUESTS

16

FRESH FACES

FOR THEIR 27TH SEASON...

newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble is performing their entire concert cycle at Diastole. The ensemble is comprised of talented professional musicians, many of whom are UMKC Conservatory graduates and current students. We have so enjoyed introducing their enthusiastic audience to Diastole, and seeing our space utilized in such unique ways has been especially rewarding.

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT

FOR OVER A DECADE...

Diastole has recycled all plastic, aluminum, paper, cardboard, and glass. Last spring, we partnered with Bridging the Gap and Missouri Organic Recycling to implement greener waste-management practices across our property. On top of weekly curbside recycling pickup and our "Baby Ripple" glass bin, we're thrilled to offer the addition of composting stations as part of our responsible waste disposal system.

 

With more than 7,000 guests enjoying Diastole every year, we know how impactful this change will be—in fact, our landfill-bound waste has already been reduced by an estimated 80%.

 

We are also encouraging users to reduce their carbon footprint by riding their bike to Diastole, and to facilitate this, we installed a "Diastole blue" bike rack on the south edge of our parking lot!

MORE THAN EVER... 

Diastole's mission is crucial in supporting our growing community on Hospital Hill and throughout Kansas City. We have continued to serve students, staff, and faculty as proud members of the UMKC Health Sciences District, and in collaboration with our partners at UMKC, Children's Mercy Hospital, and Truman Medical Center, have been able to extend our reach throughout the globe. In 2019, we hosted visiting physicians, artists, and professors from South Africa, Mexico, and China. We also welcomed resident interns from Nepal and Ghana into the Diastole family.

 

Our users and visiting scholars are doing critical work to improve their communities, and they offer daily proof that our space is a necessary component of that work. 

TESTIMONIALS

"Diastole is a great place to host global get-together events. Every summer, visiting UMKC international students gather at Diastole to experience a unique space that encourages peaceful international communication among people from different cultures. This is what the world needs, isn’t it?"

 

Huan Ding

International Affairs Director

UMKC Bloch and Engineering Schools

"My dad, he was the creator of Diastole, Dr. E. G. Dimond, and although he has been gone from my life for many years I know where I can still find him, it’s at Diastole. He is in the garden, planting another tree, walking his beloved dog MaMa HuHu. He is playing the piano in the great room late at night, when everyone has gone home. He is sipping on a glass of Merlot watching the evening news or perhaps a football game in his snug house by the front gate. He is in the books, the artwork and the very purpose that is Diastole.... he is the heart beat, and as long as there is a Diastole, I know where I can find him."

 

Lark Dimond-Cates

Artist

Daughter of Diastole Founder

"On behalf of Children's Mercy Hospital's International patient Program, we appreciate the Diastole Center as being a welcoming and affordable accommodation for our visiting scholars from around the world. The staff is always welcoming and the facility is a sanctuary in our urban Hospital Hill environment.  Thank you!

Scott Gage

Vice President

Business Development & Contract Management

Children's Mercy Hospital

"Diastole improves newEar's event outcomes by providing an interactive, welcoming, and artistic space where we can share the music of our time with the local Kansas City community. We value the intimacy and comfort created by the beautiful space and surrounding artwork, as well as the camaraderie it enhances with our patrons. Our audiences enjoy the heightened sensory experience of hearing music in the acoustically live Kiva theater and the relaxed and comfortable experience in the parlor, where it feels like we are hosting a salon in our own home. The space truly exemplifies the heart at rest."

Sharra Wagner

Artistic Director, Vice President

newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

"When we first moved to Kansas City, Diastole improved our quality of life by connecting us to a community of intelligent, talented, and diverse individuals. It instantly felt like home.  We have seen firsthand how Diastole broadens the minds and revitalizes the souls of those who visit our oasis in the heart of the city."

Shay & Karlton Smith

Current Resident Interns

Diastole Scholars' Center

VIEW 2019 FINANCIALS

(FISCAL YEAR ENDING 3/31/2020)

CONTACT

diastole@umkc.edu

816-235-8857

ADDRESS

2501 Holmes St.

Kansas City, MO 64108

OFFICE HOURS

8am–5pm, Monday through Friday

EVENT HOURS

8am–10pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Diastole Scholar's Center is covered by the new UMKC policy on a smoke- and tobacco-free campus.
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