Westport Center for the Arts
201 Westport Road
Kansas City MO 64111-2239
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 8044539
Mission Statement

WEstport Center for the Arts' mission is to uncover hidden beauty and meaning in Kansas City through theatre and readers theatre, music in the 25 year old Brown Bag Concert Series, Kids Team Up for Art (a collaborative children/teen arts program, and art exhibits of by emerging artists in Kansas City. Westport Center for the Arts provides opportunities to experience the creative and performing arts in a welcoming setting, in the heart of Kansas City. By offering a broad spectrum of affordable and accessible events and programs, we connect with our urban, inter-generational community. We work to ensure that Westport Center for the Arts is an active, vital, and dynamic resource for the transforming power of the arts.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director N/A N/A
Board Chair Mr. Scott Myers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Westport Presbyterian Church
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Financial donations are always welcome, as well as in-kind and volunteer contributions. Volunteers are particularly needed for our Kids Brown Bag Concerts, Theatre and Readers Theatre and Art Exhibits. Opportunities include helping with setup & cleanup, passing out programs, and collecting audience surveys. We also appreciate donations of consumable art supplies, such as craft glue (Elmer's or Sobo), and acrylic or tempera paint. To become involved as a volunteer, just call (816)931-1032
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

WEstport Center for the Arts' mission is to uncover hidden beauty and meaning in Kansas City through theatre and readers theatre, music in the 25 year old Brown Bag Concert Series, Kids Team Up for Art (a collaborative children/teen arts program, and art exhibits of by emerging artists in Kansas City. Westport Center for the Arts provides opportunities to experience the creative and performing arts in a welcoming setting, in the heart of Kansas City. By offering a broad spectrum of affordable and accessible events and programs, we connect with our urban, inter-generational community. We work to ensure that Westport Center for the Arts is an active, vital, and dynamic resource for the transforming power of the arts.

Background Statement
Westport Center for the Arts was originally established in 2006 by Westport Presbyterian Church to coordinate the community arts programs that were taking place at that historic facility. This grass-roots organization became a separate organization and 501c3 in 2008 and is invested in the idea that arts can create community when the community creates art, with the outcomes of providing spiritual nurture and healing, and overcome barriers to diversity, creating a community which invests in all, and in which all have a voice.
 
One important part of our mission is to support the careers and activities of local actors, musicians and artists through our programming. Brown Bag Concerts, dramatic readings, special programming and visual arts activities are all showcases for local professional artists.
 
Diversity has always been a value in Westport Center for the Arts' programming. In 2008, the Center presented "Sermon From the Mountain," a collection of texts from Martin Luther King, Jr., in an Alice Parker setting. This program was headlined by Robert Hughes, an African American tenor.
 
The Westport Center for the Arts continually seeks programming and other ways to attract a diverse audience, such as the annual jazz concert on Martin Luther King Day. Efforts are also being made to collaborate with ethnic arts groups in the region.
Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

  • Continued to develop a working relationship with the Kansas City, MO Public Library system and community centers operated by Kansas City Department of Parks and Recreation to provide the Kids Team Up For Art (KTUFA) program, including six libraries, the Westport Roanoke Community Center and the Scuola Nuova Charter School. The youth we serve are hungry for visual arts activities that allow them self-expression and to be a part of the collaborative effort to create one greater artistic product. Parents and caretakers are eager, as well, for children to be engaged in satisfying directed activities which promote self-esteem and team-work skills.
  • Presented numerous fully staged plays and staged readings with themes related to history, race relations, Native American themes, themes related to people transcending marginalized circumstances in life: "Dark Was Their Journey", "The Moon's Language" (fully staged) , Booth: Is There a Murderer Here?", "Oracle of the Ozarks" (fully staged), "Weavings", "Pass Over".
  • Provided nine free monthly noon-time concerts for the public, including our annual Martin Luther King Day jazz concert, a concert featuring resident artists from the Lyric Opera, the Goldenberg Duo, Lyric Arts Trio and others. 
 
Goals:
 
  • Continue to cultivate collaborations with other arts and community organizations.
  • Continue developing relationships with young professional artists, musicians and actors to participate in events.
  • Program arts activities for children in music, theatre and film.
Needs Statement
  1. Board members with a passion for multidiscipline arts.
  2. Funding to support our new program managers for the Brown Bag Concerts and and Kids Team Up For Arts, as well as our administrative and grant writing professionals.
  3. Venues for fully staged plays and staged readings.
Service Categories
Arts & Culture
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
Geographic Area Served Narrative W
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The Board of Directors of Westport Center for the Arts is a committed group. We're committed to providing affordable art events and experiences that will enhance the value of Kansas City as a livable community and create a positive influence in the Westport area of the city. One of the oldest communities in Kansas City, Westport is seen by many as an entertainment district, but we see it with a broader vision. We see the families, schools, churches and locally-owned businesses located here. Our aim is to make Westport a friendlier place, by creating experiences that lift the spirits as well as provide enjoyment.
 
The power to create art is unique to human beings. We hope that you will join us in "Connecting Community and Creativity  in the Heart of Kansas City!"
Programs
Description
For the 25th season, these monthly noontime concerts will again feature a variety of musical styles and a broad range of musicians.
 
2018-2019 schedule is:
 
September 21, 2018 Lyric Opera Artists in Residence
October 19, 2018 Jan Kraybill, organ
November 16, 2018 Beau Bledsoe Duo
December 14, 2018 Ukelele Choir of North Kansas City
January 21, 2019 Doug Talley Quartet
February 15, 2019 Misuzu Tanaka/Maksim Shtrykov piano/clarinet duo
March 15, 2019 Sean Mawhirter Tango Trio
April 19, 2019 Larry Figg/Anne Marie Brown Duo
May 17, 2019 Lyric Arts Trio
Program Budget $3,500.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Presentation of musical programs for community enrichment during the lunch hour.
Long-Term Success Presentation of musical programs for community enrichment during the lunch hour.
Program Success Monitored By Program evaluation forms from audience members, and evaluation by facilitator, Lyra Pherigo, who is a professional musician and educator. 
Examples of Program Success
A musical group that performed a work composed by its own members said they had not been able to perform the creative work in ten years until Westport Center for the Arts gave them the opportunity to do so and gathered an audience for their performance.
Description
Our Theatre and Readers Theatre program, WCA Theatre, features these performances in the 2018-2019 season
  • "Oracle of the Ozarks" a fully staged play by Scott Myers, Oct. 19-20, 25,26,27, Nov. 1,2,3 Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road, KCMO. Free professional theatre (donations accepted)
  • "Woven Memories" by Diane Yeahquo Reyner, a staged reading of a play, April 5-6, Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri
  • "Flo" and "The Journey" by Peggy Jones, staged readings of two plays, June 14-15, Just Off Broadway Theater, 3051 Penn Valley Drive, Kansas City, Missouri
Program Budget $7,500.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  1. Continue creating job opportunities for professional actors and musicians in the Kansas City area.
  2. Establish collaborations that will provide opportunities for underserved Kansas Citians to enjoy great literature and performances.
  3. Espouse the creation of great art by local writers, directors and actors.
Long-Term Success
Long term success will come with theatrical venues and more funding for fully staged plays,
part of which will arise from collaborations with local theatre groups and professionals. 
Program Success Monitored By Audience response is an important tool for determining success, and we include a survey in every program.
Examples of Program Success
We were able to present another fully staged play in the fall, 2018, "Oracle of the Ozarks", which
received an excellent review from a Kansas City theatre critic.  
Description
Our program gets kids and their parents involved in a group project (get it? team?) that culminates in an exhibit of their joint efforts.
Team members work individually on a project they will take home, then together on the larger team project. Session are from 1:30-3:30 on designated days. Sessions are held in the Art Space at the Plaza Branch of KCMPL, and group meeting rooms at Bluford, Central, Southeast and Waldo Branches, and are free to participants. Families should be aware that these art projects are not "tidy" and dress their children accordingly.
 
Starting this year, we will provide sessions at the North Independence Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library! Watch our website, wcakc.org, for information. 
Program Budget $15,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Children will develop artistic skills. Children will develop teamwork and cooperation skills. Urban children will develop appreciation for visual arts.
Long-Term Success
Expansion of this program to a weekly opportunity for urban children and families to participate in visual arts at Kansas City libraries and community centers. 
Program Success Monitored By
While attendance is an indicator of success, relationships with the libraries' staff, community centers' staff, participating parents and children is a desired outcome. We also hope to develop "regulars," that is, children who return for the program every month.
Examples of Program Success
Children will return for the program weekly.
 
We sponsored a 6 month long exhibit of the best of the KTUFA art works, professionally hung as an exhibit with an official reception on opening night. 
 
We have the possibility of a large KTUFA festival during the Westport Arts Fair in September, 2019.  
Description
Westport Center for the Arts has always supported original works of art. In November 2013, we presented an original play by Scott Myers, "JFK: A Ghostly Evening," at Just Off Broadway Theatre.
 
This year, we will present "GOAT SONG," which was previewed as a Readers Theatre offering in November 2014. "GOAT SONG" takes place at the dramatic, painful outset of The Great Recession (2008), when the stock market swooned and credit markets crashed. Set in a fictional city, this contemporary play tells a story about how some people—involved in a musical performance business—struggle to transcend economic calamity through their art and their love for each other. The title "Goat Song" comes from the ancient Greek word for tragedy, which meant "goat story" or "goat song". An intergenerational, interracial cast of characters—Caucasian, African-American, Jewish— adds meaning and timeliness to this fully realized, two act play.
 
The cast will feature Kansas City favorites Granvile O'Neal, Jerron O'Neal, Amy Attaway, Tim Burks and Jordan Fox. Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Drive, KCMO. $20-25
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success Feedback from audience members will indicate broad appeal.
Long-Term Success Create dialog among an interracial audience.
Program Success Monitored By Audience surveys
Examples of Program Success Appeal to an interracial audience.
CEO Comments
Westport Center for the Arts provides multi-discipline arts programming that appeals to the community at large in warm, inviting settings, and at a reasonable cost. While programs and events were located in the historic Westport Presbyterian Church, since it burned on December 29, 2011, we have moved our programs to venues in the community, sometimes going beyond the Westport area. We are grateful for the support of the community which has allowed us to continue bringing art that is satisfying and enriching. Please see our website, www.wcakc.org, for a list of those friends.
 
We are glad to be "Connecting Community and Creativity in the Heart of Kansas City."
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director N/A N/A
Term Start Jan 2018
Email https://N/A
Experience
This organization does not have a CEO/Executive Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 9
Volunteers 12
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 2
Caucasian 6
Native American/American Indian 1
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
Westport Center for the Arts is happy to collaborate with organizations and artists in the Westport area, such as Heart of Westport Neighborhood Alliance and Kansas City, MO Public Libraries, Just Off Broadway Theater, Kansas City Department of Parks and Recreation and Westport Presbyterian Church. As we move to another level of operations, we look forward to expanding our collaborations with other businesses and organizations in Kansas City.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Although Westport Center for the Arts does not have any paid staff, we have a number of highly qualified paid contractors to carry out our mission, and a group of committed volunteers working to maintain the organization at an efficient level. Each Board member is engaged in the work we do in collaborative and supportive ways. We seek to create a forward-looking approach to meet the needs of our community for affordable, inclusive arts activities and events.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Scott Myers
Company Affiliation Westport Presbyterian Church
Term July 2018 to June 2019
Email revscott@kc.rr.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Deanna Donn CappsGraphic Artist
Ms. Lora Farrellart school librarian
Ms. Christina Hoxiearchitect
Mr. Stanley Brian Morganartist
Rev. Scott MyersWestport Presbyterian Church
Ms. Grace Odellmusician
Mr. Melvin Simsattorney
Mrs. Marian ThomasRetired musician
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 90%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Executive
Marketing
CEO Comments
We will have a new board president in 2019-2020, Mr. Melvin Sims. Other
board members will be assuming some responsibilities previously performed
by the board president.  
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $50,591
Projected Expenses $50,591
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018:  Financial data reported using internal financial statements provided by the organization. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$34,144----
Administration Expense$3,022----
Fundraising Expense$1,993----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.97----
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$5,371----
Current Assets$5,371----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$5,371----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountWestport Presbyterian Church $11,777----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMissouri Arts Council $6,769----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMuriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $2,500----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Organization Name Westport Center for the Arts
Address 201 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 641112239
Primary Phone (816) 8044539
Contact Email admin.wcakc@wcakc.org
CEO/Executive Director N/A N/A
Board Chair Mr. Scott Myers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Westport Presbyterian Church
Year of Incorporation 2006