Harriman-Jewell Series
500 College Hill
Box 1015
Liberty MO 64068-1843
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 415-5025
Fax 816- 415-5035
Mission Statement
Our mission is to bring the best of the performing arts to Kansas City audiences and to inspire area youth and lifelong learners through superior educational programming.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Clark W. Morris
Board Chair M. Susan Chambers
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired, Wal-Mart Foundation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1965
Former Names
Harriman Arts Program of William Jewell College
Fine Arts Program of William Jewell College
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Financial support
  • Mail a check to the Harriman-Jewell Series at 500 College Hill, Campus Box 1015, Liberty, MO 64068 
  • Give online at hjseries.org 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Our mission is to bring the best of the performing arts to Kansas City audiences and to inspire area youth and lifelong learners through superior educational programming.
Background Statement What began in 1965 with a few presentations is now a treasured part of the cultural landscape of the Kansas City area and beyond. Since its founding, the nationally recognized Harriman-Jewell Series has presented more than 945 events from the world of music, dance and theatre. The Kansas City Star’s Paul Horsley wrote that, “Anyone who has lived in other American cities, even large ones, knows what a gem Kansas City has in this Series. [It] has helped put Kansas City on the national cultural map.” A significant facet of the Harriman-Jewell Series is its introduction of emerging stars to Kansas City before they attain international status. Examples include tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who sang his first professional recital on the Series and returned four times; violinist Itzhak Perlman, who first appeared on the Series in 1971, while he was still relatively unknown; mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, who sang on the Series 10 times, performed for Kansas City audiences before she appeared at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. “Discovery” has become a calling card for the Harriman-Jewell Series.  In addition to recital debuts, the Harriman-Jewell Series presents Discovery Concerts that are traditionally performed by younger artists and are 100% free to the public. This effort to present “new artists for new audiences” at no cost helps to make artistry more accessible to Kansas City-area community members.
Impact Statement
The Harriman-Jewell Series makes vital contributions to the area’s cultural landscape by showcasing 15 to 20 world-class performing arts events in downtown Kansas City venues (such as the Folly Theater and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts) each season and by presenting free Discovery Concerts and Educational Programming throughout the metropolitan area.

Our accomplishments have been many, including:
  1. Exposing Kansas City audiences to world-renowned performing artists they would otherwise not be able to see in Kansas City.
  2. Educating school children, college students and lifelong learners each year through a variety of quality educational programs.
  3. Discovering new artists before they have made their names on the international scene...we have presented 24 American or world recital debuts on our Series including those of Luciano Pavarotti, Juan Diego Florez, among others.
  4. Exposing underserved audiences to the arts through our free Discovery Concerts and Education Events.
Our goals are:
  1. Have strong community participation, with more than 30,000 residents from the five contiguous counties on both sides of the Missouri/Kansas state line participating annually.
  2. Have community education (through educational classes, talks, and performances) led by renowned performing artists that are offered to school-aged children as well as lifelong learners.
  3. Continue to expose new artists to new audiences through our free Discovery Concerts.
Needs Statement
  1. Reach current annual fundraising goal and identify new sources of revenue. 
  2. Secure sponsorship level commitments for next three performance seasons. 
  3. Ensure long-term financial stability through endowment growth. 
  4. Ensure long-term financial stability through increased planned gifts. 
  5. Continue good relationships with each of our performance venues.  
Service Categories
Arts Education
Areas of Service
MO - Buchanan
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Platte County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Lawrence
KS - Leavenworth County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement As with all performing arts organizations, our top priority is to ensure that the Harriman-Jewell Series has enough resources to adequately fulfill its mission. While the Series has a good track record of fiscal discipline, competition for contributed revenue has risen as the not-for-profit cultural community has matured. We face escalating costs in artists’ fees and the operating expenses associated with putting on world-class productions. We are facing this challenge head on and will succeed in accomplishing our purpose - to bring the best of the performing arts to Kansas City. We continue to have a very successful sponsorship program that associates donors with each of our concert presentations and are assisting the staff in identifying new and prospective sponsors. One of the core values of the Series is a deep commitment to quality and that value has brought us the most incredible performers over the past 54 years. The Richard L. Harriman Fund for Excellence in the Arts helps to ensure that we can continue to bring the very best in the performing arts that the world has to offer to our community.
Description Fifteen to twenty world-class dance, music and theater performances are presented each year.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Children Only (5 - 14 years), General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • Strong renewals from season ticket holders
  • Increase in new subscribers
  • Major artists and their managements express a desire to return to perform on the Series
  • Executing 15-20 scheduled performances for the season
  • Audience satisfaction marked by positive audience feedback on surveys
  • Presented 34 Kansas City debut performances in the past 5 years
Long-Term Success Kansas Citizens are exposed to world-class performing arts, thereby increasing their knowledge of the performing arts, inspiring them and creating transformative performance experiences. Patrons, and the artists we present, communicate in various ways that our Series is an asset to the cultural fabric of Kansas City and has consistent quality year after year.
Program Success Monitored By
  • Ticket sales
  • Ticket renewals
  • Audience demographics
  • All Harriman-Jewell Series staff attends and supervises each performance
  • Open communication and conversation with audience both in person and online
  • We invite feedback through our online newsletter and welcome questions or comments regarding the Series
Examples of Program Success Individuals served through Performance Series in 2017-2018 season: 14,409

"In a night full of fabulously stirring performances, an unforgettable moment occurred following intermission that really touched many in the audience and on stage. As the American Spiritual Ensemble began “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” the audience rose, unprompted, for the “Negro National Anthem,” a touching moment during these tumultuous times in our country, and a brief sense of unity. "-Jessie Riggins, KC Metropolis, January 15, 2018

"To close out the evening, Vengerov totally changed course, turning to the always-popular Meditation from Jules Massenet’s opera Thais. Intended to show the title character’s process of converting to the Christian religion, the tuneful Meditation was well served by Vengerov’s long-bowed and dramatic reading. The recital ended with the fourth standing ovation of the evening, well deserved by violinist and accompanist alike."
- Don Dagenais, KC Metropolis, January 22, 2018
Description Harriman-Jewell Series Discovery Concerts remove the financial and psychological barrier of admission costs to provide Kansas City-area community members opportunities to hear live performances by rising stars of classical music. These concerts are free and open to the public.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served General/Unspecified, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • Execute events and continue to make them free to the entire community
  • Provide a professional concert experience to youth and those who could not usually afford it
  • Continue to distribute and have demand for more tickets than we have seats available
  • Continue to have repeat participants for our free concerts from year to year
  • Continue to offer free concerts and have audience feedback that it is a positive experience
  • Continue to bring more diverse audiences to the arts (both in age and ethnicity)
  • Continue to see younger trends in arts audiences

Long-Term Success To grow the audience for life-long supporters of the arts and to give access to the arts to audiences who may not be able to afford other arts experiences.
Program Success Monitored By
  • All staff members attend and supervise each Discovery Concert
  • Survey audience to ensure ensure diversity in audience composition
  • Address and track those who attend free concerts to encourage them to take advantage of other arts offerings
Examples of Program Success
Individuals reached through Discovery Concerts in 2017-2018 season: 8,184
Audience Comments from 2017-2018 Season: 
"We all thoroughly enjoyed the concert. I particularly liked his explanations of the music he was going to play. It made it more enjoyable for my granddaughter and also showed her that you can be extremely talented while still connecting with everyone."
"Charlie was a delightful performer. I wish him well in his career. The free tickets allowed someone like me (with limited resources) to enjoy a wonderful performance. While attending the concert, I was wishing my teenage granddaughter had been able to attend too. I am looking forward to another concert so I can bring her to enjoy the music. Thank you so very much to the sponsors of the show."
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all who made this free concert possible. It was our first time attending a live music concert and we loved it."
"I think these concerts are wonderful. They give people who don't have discretionary income the opportunity to hear beautiful music and have a lovely experience. Being poor can kill the soul and that's worse than killing the body."
"My family and I love, love, love the Discovery Concert Series. It gives us opportunities to see wonderful artist performances we otherwise wouldn't be able to attend."
Description Through its Education Events, the Harriman-Jewell Series offers free master classes, lectures, pre- and post-performance conversations, and school performances that allow area students and community members to view performing artists in an informal setting.
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served General/Unspecified, Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Strong artist development; strong relationships area teachers and administration from local elementary, middle and high schools; Execute Education Events with top-tier artists each year attended by Kansas City's school children, college students, professional artists and lifelong learners.
Long-Term Success To grow the audience's knowledge of the performing arts and increase their enjoyment; bring opportunities for children, young people and lifelong learners to experience the performing arts in an informal setting; create connective opportunities.
Program Success Monitored By Harriman-Jewell Series staff attends and supervises each Education Event;  high return rate of students attending educational events, talk to participants and build strong relationships with educators in the city.
Examples of Program Success
 The Education Events are held in conjunction with the appearance of world-renowned artists and ensembles on the Harriman-Jewell Series. We have presented more than 200 Education Events for Kansas City students, community members, and aspiring artists from every educational and socio-economic background.
Individuals served through Education Events in 2017-2018 season: 8,506 
CEO Comments The Harriman-Jewell Series consistently exceeds the expectations of our donors and patrons. We have the distinct pleasure of working with the finest artists in the world, and their presentations on our Series provide outstanding satisfaction and value to our constituents. The Kansas City Star wrote that "Kansas City boasts world-class achievement in institutions such as the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the Harriman-Jewell Series." The Series' success has spotlighted our region as an important arts community.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Clark W. Morris
Term Start July 2003
Experience Mr. Morris supervises all aspects of the Harriman-Jewell Series including financial and artistic decisions. With more than 25 years experience with the Series, Mr. Morris is responsible for all fiscal operations, board development and management, artistic decisions, and office management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from William Jewell College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Mid-America Nazarene University.
Former CEOs
Dr. Richard HarrimanJan 1965 - July 2003
Senior Staff
Title Associate Artistic Director
Experience/Biography Tim Ackerman provides collaborative oversight of performance and educational-event planning, and leads marketing strategies and execution. Before he joined the series in 1999, he worked in William Jewell's Office of College Relations for more than seven years. Mr. Ackerman holds an Associate of Arts degree in Music from Crowder College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations, and a Master of Science degree in College Personnel Administration from the University of Central Missouri.
Title Associate Executive Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 640
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 5
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Male 4
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
  1. Folly Theater: Volunteer usher program 
  2. William Jewell College Music Department and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance: Visiting guest artist program on Education Series 
  3. Area public and private elementary, middle and high schools for Education Events  
  4. Harmony Project KC: Education Events 
  5. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Performance Series 
  6. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral: Education Events
  7. National World War I Museum and Memorial: Education Events 
  8. Mary L. Kelly Community Center: Education Events
  9. Unity Temple on the Plaza: Discovery Concerts
  10. Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey: Education Events
  11. Kansas City Ballet: Education Events
  12. Youth Orchestra of Kansas City: Discovery Concerts
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The Harriman-Jewell Series is officially governed by the William Jewell College Board of Trustees. We are fortunate to also have an active advisory board named the Harriman Council. This board has successfully raised the awareness of the Program in our community while guiding our efforts to reach out to our constituents in the community.
Board Chair
Board Chair M. Chambers
Company Affiliation retired, Wal-Mart Foundation
Term Jan 2017 to May 2020
Board Members
Gary Ainsworth
Gary D. BarnesHusch Blackwell Sanders LLP
Earl B. BennerBenner Farms
Brian G. Carney
M. Susan Chambers
William R. Cline Jr.
Robert B. Gengelbach
Jason L. Houseworth
Steven Karbank
Jason O. Klumb
Amy Larabee
Patrick McCown
David F. Oliver
W. Keith Pence
Sarah Rowland
Margo A. Shepard
Angela SmartHall Family Foundation
Bradley N. Sprong
Dawn A. Stout
Qiana F. Thomason
Todd E. White
Richard M. Wright Jr.
Craig C. Zahnd
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 16
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Advisory Board Members
Richard Atlas
Irene Bettinger
McClain Bryant
Pati Chasnoff
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clark
Mrs. and Mrs. David Cooley
Bunni and Paul Copaken
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Curry
Don and Pat Dagenais
Dr. and Mrs. Mark Davidner
Richard Durwood
Michael D. Fields
Mr. J Scott Francis
Mr. and Mrs. William Gautreaux
Julie Gerson
Susan Gordon
Paget Higgins
Beth Ingram
Larry Jacobson
Dr. Larry and Mrs. Gretchen Jacobson
Sharon Johnson
Marcia Karbank
Neil Karbank
Steve and Jeannette Karbank
Julia Irene Kauffman
Charlotte Kemper
Jonathan and Nancy Lee Kemper
Philip Krause
Dr. and Mrs. Burnell Landers
Mary Leonida
Esther Loeb
Mira Mdivani
Mr. and Mrs. John Middelkamp
Edward Milbank
Sherrill Mulhern
Michelle Ritter
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Robb
Sarah Rowland
Roswitha Schaffer
Suzanne Shank
Mrs. Morton Sosland
Susan Spaulding
Gaye McCarty Stevick
Nancy and Michael Thiessen
Elizabeth and James E.C. Tinsman
Mr. and Mrs. H. Guy Townsend, III
Robert True
CEO Comments The Harriman-Jewell Series is officially governed by the William Jewell College Board of Trustees. We are fortunate to also have an active advisory board named the Harriman Council. This board has successfully raised the awareness of the Series in our community while guiding our efforts to reach out to our constituents in the community.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $2,254,250
Projected Expenses $2,254,250
Spending Policy Percentage
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using internal financial statements. 
  • Since the Harriman-Jewell Series is a program of William Jewell College, it does not file its own 990 or conduct audits.  
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$155,054$235,100$0
Revenue In-Kind--$172,156$172,156
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,245,254$1,717,781$1,306,217
Administration Expense$836,412$626,579$767,309
Fundraising Expense$181,676$233,677$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses58%67%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments The Harriman-Jewell Series has never run a deficit and carries no long-term or short-term debt. The quality level of our artistic presentations combined with our desire to provide access to our concerts through reasonable ticket prices forces us to rely heavily on contributed revenue. Our long-term goal is to ensure greater financial stability through a stronger endowment and to diversify our annual donor base.
Other Documents
Organization Name Harriman-Jewell Series
Address 500 College Hill
Box 1015
Liberty, MO 640681843
Primary Phone (816) 415-5025
Contact Email info@hjseries.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Clark W. Morris
Board Chair M. Susan Chambers
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired, Wal-Mart Foundation
Year of Incorporation 1965
Former Names
Harriman Arts Program of William Jewell College
Fine Arts Program of William Jewell College