Westport Center for the Arts
PO Box 32745
Kansas City MO 64171-5745
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (855) 201-9922
Mission Statement

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.

CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Scott Myers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Westport Presbyterian Church
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

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 established by Westport Presbyterian Church to coordinate the community arts programs that were taking place at that historic facility. This grass-roots organization is invested in the idea that arts can create community, provide 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


  • Continued to develop a working relationship with the Kansas City, MO Public Library system to provide the Kids Team Up For Art (KTUFA) program, including Central, Plaza, Bluford, Ruiz, Southeast and Waldo. The children 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 "The Butcher's Son," a musical story of a family's emigration from Vietnam to the United States, via Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines, at The Buffalo Room in Westport Flea Market.
  • Provided nine free monthly noon-time concerts for the public, including our annual Martin Luther King Day jazz concert.
  • Presented a Readers Theatre production of an original "radio" play, "Prairie Village Christmas Companion." Featuring a local cast, the show is a satire about Kansas City's favorite suburb.
  • 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. Advisory board members, especially in the areas of administration and fundraising.
  3. Funding to support our new program managers for the Brown Bag Concerts, Westport Center for the Arts Theatre, and Kids Team Up For Arts, as well as our administrative and grant writing professionals.
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
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!"
For the 22nd season, these monthly noontime concerts will again feature a variety of musical styles and a broad range of musicians. Supported by free will offerings and foundation grants, this program makes great music accessible to the community.
9/18/15 - John Francis, Classical Guitar
10/16/15 - The Wires, Alternative Strings
11/20/15 - Marian Thomas, Harpsichord
12/18/15 - St. Theresa Academy Choir
1/19/16 – MLK Holiday Concert: Doug Talley Quartet jazz ensemble
2/19/16 - Beau Bledsoe, Guitar, and Victoria Botero, Soprano
3/18/16 - Goldenberg Duo, Piano and Violin
4/15/16 - Central Standard Barbershop Quartet
5/20/16 - Kansas City Baroque Consortium
During the year, the rebuilt Westport Presbyterian Church will again become available to host these concerts. 
Program Budget $2,900.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
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, Marian Thomas, who is a professional musician. 
Examples of Program Success Our board member who originated the Brown Bag Concert Series has been stopped while grocery shopping and told what a huge impact the series has had on a person's children, when they were preschoolers.
Our Readers Theatre program will see many changes in the coming year, including a name change to WCA Theatre. For 2015-16, we will present:
  • "The Life and Times of  Barbara Jordan," by Jacqueline Gafford. Bluford Library, 31st and Prospect, September 28, 2:00 P.M. Free
  • "Stealing Kandinsky," by Scott Myers, Nov. 23, The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Road, KCMO. $10-15
  • "A Prairie Village Christmas Companion," radio-style stories, songs and sketches. Dec. 11-13, The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd, KCMO. $10-15.
  • "Essential Voices: On Being Black in American/Black Voices Matter" - local African American playwrights examine violence against young men such as Traevon Martin and Michael Brown. March 12, 2016,  The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Road, KCMO. $10-15
  • WCA Vintage Radio Theatre presents "R.U.R."
    by Karel Čapek. A fun radio play treatment of the 1920 Czech futurist melodrama. The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd., KCMO. $10-15
Program Budget $12,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
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, musicians and actors.
Long-Term Success Live broadcasts of the readings on local public or community radio and/or web casts.
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
Program will be considered successful if individuals attending a performance express their enjoyment.
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 $1,700.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Families,
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.
Program Success Monitored By
While attendance is an indicator of success, relationships with the libraries' 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 monthly.
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
This organization does not have a CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 12
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
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. 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 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. As the Board ages, we are considering ways to update our programming, including reaching out to young artists to collaborate on creating programming relevant to future interests in the community. 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 2015 to June 2016
Email revscott@kc.rr.com
Board Members
Mrs. Deanna Donn Capps Graphic Artist
Mr. Stanley Brian Morgan Self-employed
Ms. Jeanne Murphy Actor, Director, theater Arts Teacher
Rev. Scott Myers Westport Presbyterian Church
Mrs. Helen Richardson Retired
Ms. Bobbie Testa St. Luke’s Health Center
Mrs. Marian Thomas Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
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
Advisory Board Members
Ms. April Roy KCMPL Lucile H. Bluford Branch
CEO Comments
Since the fire that destroyed Westport Presbyterian Church, the Board of Directors has found alternative venues for our many activities. We are thankful to have found suitable partners and venues for almost all of our programming, including spent the Kansas City, MO Public Libraries, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Community Christian Church, St. Mark's Hope and Peace Lutheran, and Westport Coffee House, to name a few. The efforts by the board in the past three years to establish an identity are paying off, as we can no longer be identified with a particular building, but must stand on our own feet as an organization. It was surprising and amazing how many people and organizations know about us and have stepped forward to support our efforts to present arts events in the community! So, even though the past three years have been difficult, with losses of things that we thought we needed (we actually DID need some of them), we have been touched by the generosity and kindness that surrounds us every day. And we have found that we are more than the building that housed us! It's so exciting to know that art goes on and we are glad to be a part of the arts in Kansas City.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2016
Projected Revenue $41,500
Projected Expenses $33,500
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2012, 2011, 2010:  Financial data reported using internal profit and loss statements provided by the organization. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$36,813$22,017$18,771
Administration Expense$4,025$1,503$341
Fundraising Expense$1,657$1,283$875
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.871.051.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%89%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%6%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$2,685$0$0
Current Assets$2,685$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$2,685$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Helen S. Boylan Foundation $5,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --KCMO Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund $3,500 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Missouri Humanities Council $1,888 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
The Board of Directors voted in April 2011 to change the fiscal year from calendar year to July 1-June 30 fiscal year, which will make budgeting and fundraising more in line with many arts funders. This change occurred for FY2012. Because of low budget amounts, Westport Center for the Arts has filed the 990-N online IRS form, all of which are up to date.
Organization Name Westport Center for the Arts
Address PO Box 32745
Kansas City, MO 641715745
Primary Phone (855) 201-9922
Contact Email admin.wcakc@wcakc.org
Board Chair Mr. Scott Myers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Westport Presbyterian Church
Year of Incorporation 2006