Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City dba ArtsKC - Regional Arts Council
106 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City MO 64108


Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 221-1777
Mission Statement

The mission of ArtsKC is to unleash the power of the arts.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Dana M Knapp
Board Chair Mr. Kanon Cozad
Board Chair Company Affiliation Pianosapartners
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1999
Former Names
Metropolitan Arts Council of Greater Kansas City
Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

The mission of ArtsKC is to unleash the power of the arts.

Background Statement

ArtsKC - Regional Arts Council was founded in February 1999 as the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. ArtsKC began as a result of a community-wide planning process facilitated by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation. Joan Israelite was hired as ArtsKC's first President and CEO, and Harlan Brownlee succeeded her in February of 2009 and stayed with the organization until July 2015. Former President and CEO, Bruce Davis, was with the organization for less than one year.  The current President & CEO is Dana Knapp.  She has extensive experience in not-for-profit arts organizations. Today, ArtsKC serves Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties in Missouri.

Its programs all work together to promote, support and advocate for the arts.  Its programs all serve to strengthen the region through the arts. We serve as a meeting place for arts organizations in the metropolitan area. ArtsKC has nurtured a network of arts organizations that work together to address common issues. Serving as the voice for the arts in civic dialogues, ArtsKC stays in close contact with the arts and business community to stay informed of challenges and provide a forum for discussion on current issues and opportunities. ArtsKC promotes networking, learning, and collaboration among the arts and business communities such as promoting the ArtsKCGo.com portal in partnership with KCADC, VisitKC and other not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.


Our Business Programs are designed to connect business, civic and arts communities to stimulate economic development and support workplace creativity. This program provides services such as Now Showing (a loaned art program) and the ArtsKC Awards Luncheon (honoring businesses for leadership and art/business partnerships).

Kansas City is one of the largest metropolitan regions in the U.S. that does not have an established source of dedicated public funding for the arts, which is crucial to the long term health of our arts community. Securing sustainable public funding for the arts is crucial and a long-term goal. In 2007, ArtsKC started the ArtsKC Fund, a united arts fund to support arts organizations and artists through a competitive grants process. The ArtsKC Fund has granted $4.7 million dollars to the arts community through more than 900 grants.

Impact Statement
  • ArtsKC brings together people, resources and ideas to support, promote, and advocate for the arts. Our vision is to build a city of great dreams and vigorous life, where everyone participates in and benefits from the arts.  We serve the 5 county region of Jackson, Clay and Platte on the Missouri side and Johnson and Wyandotte on the Kansas side.  The following demonstrates some of our successes:
  • Grant-Making:  Since 2007, ArtsKC has granted $4.2 million dollars to the community in more than 1,040 grants and artist awards. This support program is also known as the ArtsKC Fund.  For more information, please visit ArtsKC.org/Grantmaking. 
  • Now Showing: Places the work of visual artists in corporate settings. Significant growth continues with 243 artists participating, 73 exhibition sites, & 290 exhibitions this past year.
  • Awards Luncheon:  The 2017 event was held at the K C Convention Center and hosted over 1,000 guests. The award categories all support our key strategies and works toward the goals of the One ArtsKC Regional Cultural Plan (RCP), completed in 2015 .
  • ArtsKCGo.com: This online portal, for live registration and event submission, is also a goal of the RCP.  The first phase, launched in June 2017 contains an events calendar.  The next phases will include an artist directory, a public art directory & arts education listings.  This portal will allow artists and organization to amplify their marketing efforts at no cost and allows patrons to view events and go to the event website to purchase tickets-a great regional benefit.  
  • Advocacy:  In 2016, ArtsKC gathered economic data from local art organizations, in partnership with the Americans for the Arts (AFTA).  This data was then submitted to AFTA who accumulated this data with other nation-wide data to produce the Arts and Economic Impact Study V.  This is the fifth study done by AFTA, done every five years.  Economic impact for the region increased from five years ago.  
Needs Statement

The most pressing need for ArtsKC is unrestricted mission support. This support allows us to continue to grow our programs, provide leadership and advocacy for the arts, and increase public access to the growing arts community in Kansas City. Other top priorities for growth and support include:

  • Recruit more businesses and individuals for the Grant Making Fund and grow the amount of funding available to support artists and arts organizations,
  • Generate more interest and funding for public support of the arts,
  • Engage more businesses in our business programs and awards program, 
  • Support enhancements in our technology, including contact resource management and upgrades to our website, www.ArtsKC.org.
Service Categories
Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Civil Rights, Social Action, & Advocacy N.E.C.
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
ArtsKC serves the entire five county Kansas City metropolitan region that covers Jackson, Clay and Platte counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.  
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

One of the most challenging elements for the work of ArtsKC is the metropolitan scope and scale of the arts community that we represent. A challenge we faced in our formative years was the need to have a board of directors that accurately represented the interests of the entire metropolitan area. With a region as diverse as ours, that means a board that could become so large that it could struggle to govern the organization effectively. To address this challenge, our nominating process concentrates on both ensuring geographical representation of the metro area on our board, diverse individuals and balancing the skills and viewpoints required for board members to efficiently govern the organization

To help address the rather large geography that we serve, we have been concentrating on increasing our digital information and services. In 2017, we launched ArtsKCGo.com, a comprehensive regional cultural calendar utilizing the popular and proven effective Artsopolis software. In addition, we license regional software from VotersVoice, to enhance our regional advocacy services. 

As the region continues to substantially grow the number of arts groups, we have likewise seen an increase in the number of applicants for funding to the Grant Making program, also known as the ArtsKC Fund, the only regional arts funding program in the area.

Without a dedicated public source of arts funding in Kansas City, the Grant Making program needs to meet increased demand, and in turn, the staff and Board of ArtsKC are required to find new creative and manageable ways to raise additional money each year to meet increased community demand for our funding.

Programs
Description

The ArtsKC Fund makes metropolitan Kansas City a stronger and more vibrant community by providing financial support for the arts, broadening access to high-quality arts experiences, and promoting excellence in the arts and arts administration.  The ArtsKC Fund accomplishes this by providing support to arts and cultural organizations and individual artists in three categories: Ovation, Catalyst, and Inspiration.  Ovation grants are awarded to well-established arts organizations that serve a regional audience.  Catalyst grants are awarded for operating support of arts organizations or arts projects support for a wider range of nonprofits. Inspiration grants to individual artists   are an investment in human capital, supporting arts projects and professional development activities that will have a significant impact on an artist’s career.  These categories are intended to help sustain and develop a wide variety of artistic disciplines, organizations, and artists.

Program Budget $540,126.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
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

Each year we aim to increase the number of companies that participate in the ArtsKC Fund Workplace Giving Campaign. For FY2018, we hope to increase the number of businesses and individuals contributing by 6%. The total fundraising goal for the FY2018 Grant-Making/ArtsKC Fund campaign is $475,000. In addition, we want to grow the number of governmental agencies and municipalities contributing to the ArtsKC Fund. For FY2017, the city of Kansas City, Missouri contributed $75,000 to the ArtsKC Fund and two other municipalities contributed modest amounts. We will to continue to ask for that funding and work to leverage that contribution by asking other municipalities and agencies to support the Grant-Making ArtsKC Fund.

Long-Term Success

The long-term goal for the Grant-Making Program/ArtsKC Fund is to provide a stable and sustainable public source of funding to support our vibrant and diverse arts community. One accomplishment this past year was to provide grants in a new category:  for arts education.  ArtsKC wishes to grow this program so more grant-making can be made each year. The ultimate success for the fund is to create a long–term new source of public funding for the arts. We hope to eventually be able to provide funding to those organizations in the Ovation category at 5% of their annual operating budget.  In addition, long term success for the ArtsKC Fund would provide full funding to organizations in the Catalyst category and artists in the Inspiration category that present worthy and significant projects and services. The total amount needed to do this is estimated at more than $5 million dollars in annual ArtsKCFund grants.

Program Success Monitored By

In order to measure the success of the Grant-Making/ArtsKC Fund, ArtsKC staff make site visits, initiates surveys and does other follow-up work to ensure the relevance of the program.  Final reports are due from recipients in all granting categories. These final reports require that recipients describe the use of funds, number of individuals served, demographic characteristics of the audience, specific outreach efforts, changes made in programming since the allocation of grant funds, and how the organization assess their own quality and effectiveness. Organizations which receive funding in the Ovation and Catalyst category are required to file their annual financials. Organizations in the Ovation category are also required to file an annual report. Finally, Catalyst and Inspiration recipients do not receive the final 25% of their grant until they have filed their final report. For the new arts education grants, ArtsKC staff is working closely with the three grantees to ensure measurement of the effectiveness of the funding.  

Examples of Program Success

The Grant-Making/ArtsKC Fund began operation in February of 2007. Since then, the ArtsKC Fund has awarded more than $4.2 million dollars to Kansas City’s arts community. That’s $ 4.2 million dollars towards a stronger and more vibrant arts community that provides more than two million arts experiences each year through arts programming, performances, and education throughout our metropolitan area. Many of the arts organizations that are funded by this Grant-Making Fund see it as a vital part of their continued success,“I want to congratulate you on the incredible job you have done on behalf of the ArtsKC Fund. I know those of us in the arts community are grateful for the infusion of new money to our organizations, especially from the workplace giving campaign”, Tyrone Aiken, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. As workplace giving companies hold their campaigns, they are educating their associates about the arts and their benefit to our community, which in turn builds audiences and further support.

Description

Since 2004, the ArtsKC Now Showing program has transformed the look of Kansas City conference rooms, work spaces and lobbies into local art galleries by inviting artists to exhibit their work for a three month time frame at participating ArtsKC business investor companies. Through the program companies express their corporate values and culture through art while encouraging a new dialogue among the employees. The rotating pieces inspire co-workers to share ideas, opinions, and their personal taste –appreciating one another’s point of view. For the artist, the program provides the unique opportunity to display work in corporate spaces, broadening audiences and building their exhibition resumes. All artists that display through the program receive a $125 stipend in exchange for participation, plus no commission is taken on any of the pieces sold. To date, 243 artists participate and there were 73 exhibition sites hosting 290 exhibitions this past year.

Program Budget $116,194.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Public Art Programs
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The Now Showing program’s short-term success is measured in three ways, one is through survey statements in which we want at least 80% of respondents to agree and/or strongly agree to about the program. The second is measuring the number of businesses participating in the program. The third is interviews and quotes from those implementing the program in their respective businesses. ArtsKC also asks the artists to provide an estimate of the total value of the artwork they sold at each exhibition.  Although not all artists provide this data, for the ones that do, the sales are sometimes significant so we know this helps those artists in their businesses.  With well-documented program materials and a web-based collection of artist portfolios, a business can select and install artwork within a matter of days. The effect on the business’s work space is immediate. The effect of the program on the artists is immediate as well. They gain access to a new audience and also have the opportunity to see their work in a different environment. Numerous works of art are sold each year through the Now Showing program and many artists have been inspired to create new series of work specific to corporate spaces.

Long-Term Success

The long range goals of the Now Showing program are to increase awareness and appreciation of the work of local artists and to infuse area businesses with elements of creativity and inspiration. According to one participant“[our company] believes that we are really demonstrating their pride and faith in the thriving creative culture here in Kansas City.” Businesses develop new relationships with artists, viewing them as fellow entrepreneurs. Now Showing bridges the gap between the business and the arts communities, encouraging each to learn from the strengths of the other. In addition, Now Showing aims to create more creative and stimulating business environment. Businesses believe that exhibiting original art positively impacts their employee’s quality of work.“The employees are surrounded by excellence so they understand what our company values and expects.”Other companies note that the artwork energizes their work environments and leads to a more positive atmosphere.

Program Success Monitored By

The Now Showing program is monitored by surveys completed by company coordinators and program participants. The Now Showing program has helped many companies replace their “furniture” art and posters with original paintings, photographs, and textiles, allowing them to express their corporate identity and brand their company as arts enthusiasts within the community. Besides beautifying the space and adding an element of creativity, the artwork serves as a convener.“Each new series of work”, as noted by an employer coordinator, “continues to generate a different kind of informal discussion among colleagues.”From the artist’s point of view, sale of artwork is a measurable indicator of the Now Showing program’s success. One artist sold 12 paintings during one exhibition; another sold 20 prints throughout the year.  One artist just sold $6,200 in works during a three month exhibition.

Examples of Program Success

Participants of Now Showing were surveyed and asked to rate their level of agreement with the following statements:

ArtsKC Business programs like Now Showing help us provide unique benefits to our employees.

45% strongly agree, 50% agree, 0% disagree, 0% strongly disagree, 5% did not specify, N=22

We want to be viewed by the community as an "arts friendly" company.

36% strongly agree, 64% agree, 0% disagree, 0% strongly disagree, N=22

Our company is interested in arts-based business programs to stimulate creative thinking, communication, and high performance teamwork

5% strongly agree, 75% agree, 20% disagree, 0% strongly disagree, N=20

We consider the program successful when at least 80% of the respondents rate their level of agreement with the statement either strongly agree and/or agree (i.e., 36% strongly agree + 55% agree = 91%, 91% is above 80%)

Description

Our Arts Advocacy initiative began in 2009 and has evolved over the past six years. Originally an advocacy council, this initiative has expanded to encompass the community at large and to engage arts advocates at certain times in specific municipalities. The purpose of the Arts Advocacy initiative is to develop a unified effort to influence public arts policy and funding through an Action Alert system, educational seminars and other special events involving elected officials. Our ArtsKC Arts Action Alerts keep people informed of community and legislative issues, as well as hosting events for educating the public on arts issues. Our Arts Advocacy work seeks to work toward our vision that everyone can participate in and benefit from the arts.

Program Budget $88,256.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Most recently, ArtsKC undertook two major advocacy initiatives to help raise the awareness of the value of the arts and to encourage the community to take action to advocate for the arts.  
 
One task was to replace the CQ Engage Action Alert system with VoterVoice.  This system, available through the Americans for the Arts (AFTA), was specifically set up to allow the Alert system to notify both Missouri and Kansas residents.  ArtsKC is now working to implement this system for action alerts around arts issues.    
 
In fiscal year 2017 ArtsKC, again in partnership with AFTA, gathered the regional data needed for the nation-wide Arts and Economic Prosperity Study #V (AEP5).  The gathering of all the data was completed in June 2017 and distributed as national, regional and local data and it measures the economic impact of the arts to the area surveyed.  To date, in this fiscal year, workshops and meetings have been held and ArtsKC continues to share this data to the region.  
Long-Term Success Increased awareness of the value of the arts to the region.  Increased public support of the Grant-Making Program/ArtsKC Fund, the united arts fund. Greater action on behalf of the residents around arts support.  Education provided to allow the residents of the region to make educated choices in funding for the arts.
Program Success Monitored By Increased resident engagement in VoterVoice, the database used to send Action Alerts. Strong attendance at Advocacy events.  Stronger community support of the arts, as measured by developed metrics, such as increased public support for the arts.
Examples of Program Success Increased willingness to engage in legislative discourse around arts issues.  Growth in the use of the VoterVoice Action Alerts by residents take action and contact their legislators.  Increased public and municipal support for the ArtsKC Fund and other arts related activities.  Tracking and documenting the use of the AEP5 data, both as presented in workshops and meetings but also as measured by individuals' access to the data on the ArtsKC website.
Description
Under ArtsKC's Promote initiative is the new ArtsKCGo.com online portal.  This is a central guide to arts and culture throught the region, showcasing the vibrant arts community to compel residents and visitors to explore and learn.  ArtsKCGo.com is designed as a free, accessible and equitable tool for the arts community to promote events and increase audience engagement.
Program Budget $100,607.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
One short term term success measure will be in tracking the changes since June 2017, when the events calendar was launched on number of users, click throughs to arts organizations to purchase tickets, increased partnerships with organizations that will also feature this calendar on their webiste (through the use of a widget). 
 
Another short term success will be successful fundraising to fully complete the build out of this portal.  It is time intensive, detailed work that is being implemented primarily by one staff member. 
 
An additional short term success will be to monetize a portion of this portal through sponsorships from businesses and shared uses through the widget function by other organizations that want to promote this central guide.  
Long-Term Success
Long term success will be the full implementation of all ArtsKCGo.com modules.  The events calendar is now live and the artists directory will be launched in December 2017.  Additional modules will include arts education listings and a public arts directory.  
 
Long term success will be measured with Google analytics and other measurement tools (such as surveys, feedback, etc.) on the value of this portal to the arts community and the arts patrons as well.   
Program Success Monitored By Full implementation and use of this central resource guide.  This will be measured by successful implementation of all scheduled modules, Google analytics on the use of the site and in customer satisfaction surveys.  
Examples of Program Success
Some examples of program success would be:
  • Increased audiences at arts events
  • Tourists use of the site when visiting
  • Arts organizations feedback on ease of use to list their respective events and listings 
CEO Comments
The mission of ArtsKC is to “Unleash the Power of the Arts”. ArtsKC has adopted three pillars of activities in the Kansas City region to achieve our mission:
  • We promote the Arts

  • We support the Arts

  • We advocate for the Arts 

Over the course of the next year, we expect to achieve the following under these priorities: 
 
These strategic priorities guide both our short and long term goals and objectives and will define the work of ArtsKC for the next 3-5 years. All of our current and future programs need to be aligned to these strategic priorities. 
  • We will continue to promote the arts by fully implementing the first comprehensive regional cultural calendar, designed to make it easier for arts groups to promote their year-round activities; and for audience members to access event information and to purchase tickets.

  • We will support the arts by increasing funding opportunities for arts groups and artists.

  • We will advocate for the arts by creating a new regional arts advocacy committee, license VotersVoice, a powerful regional, state and national advocacy software system and in disseminating the Arts and Economic Prosperity Study V data to raise awareness of the value of the arts to the community. 

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Dana M Knapp
Term Start May 2016
Compensation $100,001 - $125,000
Experience Dana Knapp has dedicated her career to the arts, design and education. She has a bachelor's degree in Design and the History of Art and a master's degree in Nonprofit Administration. Her education and years of experience and expertise in working in not-for-profit arts organizations has prepared her well to lead ArtsKC as it seeks to serve the arts community in the Kansas City region. She worked for more than 20 years at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. As the Director of Planning, she led the Bloch Building construction and renovation of the museum. She also served as a leader of the museum's exhibition design team and as a practicing designer. During her tenure at the Mid-America Arts Alliance, she led a team of eighteen, with oversight of all regional and national programs, grant making, touring exhibitions and professional development for arts professionals. She led the development of a new strategic plan, establishing a revised repertoire of regional programs that serve arts organizations and artists. Some of her professional affiliations include: founding board member of the Center of Architecture and Design, board member at the Mattie Rhodes Center, PREPKC and and member of the ArtsKC Advisory Council prior to joining ArtsKC.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Harlan Brownlee Feb 2009 - 2015
Mrs. Joan Israelite Mar 1999 - Dec 2008
Senior Staff
Title Director of Finance
Experience/Biography Kathryn joined the organization in November 2009. She brings with her more than 25 years of financial and business experience, both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to her current position she worked in the community development not-for-profit sector in Kansas City, Missouri for more than 12 years.

Her primary responsibilities include all financial aspects for the Council as well as providing other operational and programmatic support. She brings strong financial, procedural and organization skills to the Council.

Kathryn has also provided leadership by serving as a board member for several other not-for-profit organizations and has also done volunteer work for other social service agencies.

Kathryn holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, with an emphasis in Accounting, from Avila University. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree, with an emphasis in Accounting, from the Missouri State University in Joplin, Missouri.

Kathryn is married, has a grown daughter and grown son, who are both married. She also now gets to count her son-in-law and daughter-in-law as family. She has four young grandchildren, a continuing joy in her life. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, enjoys jazz music and attending musical performances. She also enjoys volunteering for other not-for-profit organizations, traveling, walking and reading.
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography Alison is an experience development professional who, over the course of ther 19-year development career, has led organizations through the successful completion of annual fundraising campaigns, special events, two capital campaigns and the re-imagination of a Kansas City institution.  Her extensive education at Duke University, the UMKC Bloch School of Business and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with her extensive experience provides her with the insight and knowledge needed to manage the fundraising efforts for ArtsKC.  Prior work experience includes working for the Women's Foundation, The Kansas City Ballet, the Kansas CIty Repertory Theatre in addition to other not-for-profit organizations.  She has fundraising experience in the arts sector, the medical field and worked as a schedule coordinator for a Senator.  
Title Director of Marketing and Communications
Experience/Biography Susan Franke brings more than 20 years of marketing expertise and a passion for the arts to ArtsKC.  She earned a bachelor's degree in Communications from Missouri State University and a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.  She also completed a post-graduate writing fellowship at the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank.  This education, with her work experience is an asset for ArtsKC.  Her work experience includes serving as Associate Vice President of Marketing for Scout Investments, a Senior Copywriter and Creative Project Lead for VML, a top-ranked digital ad agency.  She has also held progressive positions that focused on integrated marketing for print and digital in many other sectors.  One of her first projects at ArtsKC was the design and look-and-feel of the ArtsKCGO.com site.  
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 11
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 240
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 64%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (Please Specify) 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 12
Male 2
Not Specified 0
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
Collaborations

  • ArtsKC Grant Panels – Individuals from across the region lend expertise and assist us with our grant making process.
  • America’s Creative Crossroads was a branding initiative with the Visit KC, Kansas City Area Development Council, Kansas City Chamber, and the Downtown Council.
  • Executive Directors Meetings – Convened for the arts organizations, these meetings provide a forum for discussion on current issues, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Diversity Training is an initiative to assist arts organizations with diversifying their boards, staff, and audiences.
  • The Advocacy Council is a unified effort to influence public arts policy and funding and meets in a variety of locations to connect with a wide array of arts supporters..
  • Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts advanced the Arts Convergence Plan which secured $200K to create an Office of Culture and Creative Services and $50K to re-establish the Film Commission.
  • Missouri Citizens for the Arts – together we extended the sunset for the Outside Arts & Entertainers Cultural Tax to 2020 for the Missouri Cultural Trust Fund which benefits the arts across the entire state of Missouri.
  • Arts and Economic Prosperity Study V:  Collaboration with the Americans for the Arts on the gathering of economic arts data and regional collaboration for dissemination with the Johnson County Arts Council and the City of Kansas City, Missouri's Office of Culture and Creative Services.
  • VoterVoice:  Joint effort with arts related agencies in both Missouri and Kansas for the coordination and distribution of Action Alerts around legislative issues affecting the arts.  
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Business Committee for the Arts - Affiliate2000
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Award of Excellence in the Visual Arts and EducationKansas City Art Institute2004
The Unpuzzle KC AwardThe Arts Asylum2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
ArtsKC's mission is to “Unleash the Power of the Arts”. ArtsKC has adopted three pillars of activities in the Kansas City region to achieve our mission:
  • We promote the Arts

  • We support the Arts

  • We advocate for the Arts 

These strategic priorities guide both our short and long term goals and objectives and will define the work of ArtsKC for the next 3-5 years. All of our current and future programs need to be aligned to these strategic priorities.

Over the course of the next year, we expect to achieve the following under these priorities:

  • We will conitnue to promote the arts by completing ArtsKCGo.com portal, the first comprehensive regional cultural calendar, designed to make it easier for arts groups to promote their year-round activities; and for audience members to access event information and to purchase tickets.

  • We will support the arts by increasing funding opportunities for arts groups and artists. 

  • We will advocate for the arts by creating a new regional arts advocacy committee, license VotersVoice, a powerful regional, state and national advocacy software system, and disseminate the Arts and Economic Prosperity Study V data.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Kanon Cozad
Company Affiliation Pianosapartners
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Email kanon@pianosapartners.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Ms. Niki Lee Donawa
Company Affiliation Truman Medical Center
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Email Niki.Donawa@tmcmed.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Kay Barnes Park University & Former Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
Mr. Tom Corbin Corbin Bronze
Mr. Kanon Cozad Trans Systems
Dr. Derald Davis Kansas City, Missouri Public School District
Ms. Niki Lee Donawa Truman Medical Centers
Mr. Brad Douglas Heartland Credit Union Association
Mr. Bill Haw Uncommon Stock and Haw Contemporary
Mrs. Shirley Bush Helzberg Community Volunteer
Mrs. Ada Koch Artist/Art Teacher/Community Volunteer
Mrs. Aimee Larrabee Inland Sea Productions
Ms. Lisbeth Lurey Art Historian
Ms. Maria Maffry bnim Architects
Mr. Chuck McCann The Whitlock Company
Ms. Tracie McClendon-Cole Deputy Director of Health for the City of Kansas City. MO
Ms. Teri Rogers Take 2 & Back Alley Films
Mr. Jon Stephens Rockhill Strategic
Ms. Darcy Stewart J. E. Dunn Construction
Ms. Qiana Thomason BlueCross and BlueShield of Kansas City
Mayor Eileen Weir City of Independence, MO
Ms. Amy Winterscheidt Hallmark
Mr. Jean-Paul D. Wong Contract Furnishing
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 93%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Executive
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Finance
CEO Comments

The mission of ArtsKC is to “Unleash the Power of the Arts”. ArtsKC has adopted three pillars of activities in the Kansas City region to achieve our mission:

  • We promote the Arts

  • We support the Arts

  • We advocate for the Arts 

Over the course of the next year, we expect to achieve the following under these priorities:
 
These strategic priorities guide both our short and long term goals and objectives and will define the work of ArtsKC for the next 3-5 years. All of our current and future programs need to be aligned to these strategic priorities.
  • We will continue to promote the arts by implementing ArtsKCGo.com, the first comprehensive regional cultural calendar, designed to make it easier for arts groups to promote their year-round activities; and for audience members to access event information and to purchase tickets. 

  • We will support the arts by increasing funding opportunities for arts groups and artists. 

  • We will advocate for the arts by creating a new regional arts advocacy committee, license VotersVoice, a powerful regional, state and national advocacy software system. and by disseminating the Arts and Economic Prosperity Study #5 data to regional leaders.

Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $2,088,448
Projected Expenses $2,071,738
Endowment Value $127,958
Spending Policy Percentage
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,361,198$1,355,558$1,357,619
Administration Expense$254,501$236,849$260,727
Fundraising Expense$156,556$165,010$174,151
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.980.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%77%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%10%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,143,378$1,177,633$1,274,506
Current Assets$892,516$899,094$1,004,722
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$72,215$174,224$232,401
Total Net Assets$1,071,163$1,003,409$1,042,105
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities12.365.164.32
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $397,000Anonymous $350,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $200,000Anonymous $125,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $29,000Anonymous $100,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

In FY2016, ending June 30, 2016, the organization had net income exceeding $67K.  This included a multi-year grant that has impacted the financial standing of the organization as of the 2017 fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017 in which a net loss occurred of $63K.  Taken together, the organization achieved a close to break-even on net income.  Another reason for the loss in FY2017 had to do with the hiring of Dana Knapp, as President and CEO, after the former CEO departed with less than one year of service.  This added uncertainty to many donors that indicated they would take a "wait and see" attitude in giving.  Dana, the new President and CEO has now been in her role, first as interim and now fully in place for almost a full year.  She, with the Board of Directors and staff members have been working diligently to re-establish these relationships and increase funding support for its work.  It is also been developing the ArtsKCGo.com portal, the regional cultural portal.  This will eventually provide additional earned revenues to help further ArtsKC's financial stability. 

Organization Name Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City dba ArtsKC - Regional Arts Council
Address 106 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 221-1777
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Dana M Knapp
Board Chair Mr. Kanon Cozad
Board Chair Company Affiliation Pianosapartners
Year of Incorporation 1999
Former Names
Metropolitan Arts Council of Greater Kansas City
Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City