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
Fax 816- 221-8195
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
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Donors can support ArtsKC financially by mailing in a check or by submitting a donation online at our website.   

There a number of ways to support ArtsKC's needs for programming and general operations with In-Kind donations. Immediate needs include:
  •  Advertising,
  • Graphic design,
  • Print layout,
  • Video Production,
  • Event Production,
  • Donations of Food and Beverages,
  • Facilities Rental,
  • Computers & Software,
  • Office Furniture,
  • Printing,
  • Other In-Kind goods or services.

Donors can also support ArtsKC by volunteering.  To volunteer with ArtsKC, please visit https://artskc.org/aboutus/volunteer/.  There are numerous ways to volunteer for ArtsKC including:

  •  Administrative support for events and programs,
  • Assisting Employee Campaign Managers at various workplace campaign sites,
  • Special Event Support,
  • Serving on a grants panel in our grant-making program.
ArtsKC also has an Intern Program, which benefits the intern as well as ArtsKC.  Interns typically work with ArtsKC in our accounting, development, grant making or marketing departments.  To intern with ArtsKC, please visit https://artskc.org/aboutus/intern/
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 $4.5 million dollars to the arts community through more than 1,000 grants.

 Its current work in advocacy will serve as the voice for the arts community on the need for increased public funding and in helping elected officials understand the economic impact of the Arts to this region.
 
 
Impact Statement
  • ArtsKC brings together people, resources and ideas to support, promote, and advocate for the arts. We serve the 5 county Kansas City metropolitan area.  Some of our successes are:
  • Grant-Making:  Since 2007, more than $4.5 million has been granted to 1022 arts organizations and artists. This program is also known as the ArtsKC Fund.   
  • Awards Luncheon:  The 2019 event hosted over 950 guests.  This Luncheon recognized ArtsKC's 20th anniversary and honored many individuals and organizations that were instrumental during the past 20 years.  
  • ArtsKCGo.com:  Launched in June 2017,  the online portal has an events calendar, artist directory and an arts education portal.  This portal allows 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.  
  • Audience Engagement:  With ArtsKC's experience in launching the above portal, it now understands the need to support audience engagement due to changing demographics.  In 2018 ArtsKC researched best practices, provided some marketing tools to small and mid-sized organizations and individuals and will launch more extensive engagement support in FY2020.
  • Advocacy:  Economic data was gathered by ArtsKC In 2016/17 in partnership with the Americans for the Arts (AFTA).  AFTA compiled this data in 2017 with other nation-wide data to produce the Arts and Economic Impact Study V.  This is the 5th study done by AFTA.  In 2017/18, ArtsKC distributed this date widely in the region.  Also during this time, ArtsKC formed an Advisory Committee and its leaders are now fully advocating for the Arts.
  • Arts Education:  Since 2017, ArtsKC has been supporting arts education.  It has provided support to a group of dedicated leaders and teachers that work together to implement arts integration strategies in the region.  Grants have been provided and ArtsKC is funding research to measure the impact of this work on our children.
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 and its audience engagement portal of www.ArtsKCGo.com
  • Provide funding support of the advocacy work that ArtsKC is undertaking.  Many foundations and corporations are reluctant to support advocacy work but it is truly needed as the Kansas City Metropolitan area lags well behind many metropolitan areas in public support for the arts. 
 
 
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
Geographic Area Served Narrative ArtsKC serves the five (5) county region of the Kansas City Metropolitan area, specifically Jackson, Platte and Clay Counties in Missouri and Wyandotte and Johnson 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, our Advocacy Committee, that meets monthly strengthens and enhances 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 has accomplished this by historically providing support to arts and cultural organizations and individual artists in three categories: Ovation, Catalyst, and Inspiration.  It is now expanding granting categories as funding allows.  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.  The newer categories address a specific need, such as grants for arts education.

Program Budget $545,894.00
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 FY2019, we hope to increase the number of businesses and individuals contributing by 5%. The total fundraising goal for the FY2019 Grant-Making/ArtsKC Fund campaign is $455,000. In addition, we want to grow the number of governmental agencies and municipalities contributing to the ArtsKC Fund. Since 2012, the city of Kansas City, Missouri has contributed $75,000 to the ArtsKC Fund and two other municipalities have 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, staring in 2017, 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.  If you factor in the need for grants to support arts educations as well, the annual fundraising amount would significantly increase.

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 current grantees to ensure measurement of the effectiveness of the funding.  They are currently providing annual updates as well as working closely with ArtsKC on the research project, discussed in another program section.

Examples of Program Success

The Grant-Making/ArtsKC Fund began operation in February of 2007. Since then, the ArtsKC Fund has awarded more than $4.5 million dollars to Kansas City’s arts community. That’s $ 4.5 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 $200 stipend in exchange for participation, plus no commission is taken on any of the pieces sold. To date, more than 250 artists participate at more than 50 exhibition sites.

Program Budget $147,153.00
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 environments. 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 since that time. 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. Since 2017, our Arts Advocacy work has been expanded with the formation of an Advocacy Committee.  This is a group of dedicated community leaders and ArtsKC representatives that are working toward our vision that everyone can participate in and benefit from the arts through advancing the funding support for the arts.

Program Budget $74,112.00
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.  
 
The formation of the Advocacy Committee has strengthened ArtsKC's ability to advocate for the Arts for the Region.  As one example, ArtsKC's Advocacy Policy statement was adopted by the City of Kansas City, Missouri in 2019.
 
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 ArtsKC distributed this data in 2017 and 2018 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 and to advocate for more public funding for 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 and participate in advocating for the arts.  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 residents and leaders taking action and contacting their legislators.  Increased public and municipal support for the ArtsKC Fund and other arts related activities.  Tracking and documenting the use of the economic data (AEP5) both as presented in workshops and meetings but also as measured by individuals' access to the data on the ArtsKC website. ArtsKC will continue to partner with AFTA for updates of the Economic Impact Data (AEP) every five years as well as work with AFTA on Local Arts Agencies updates.  ArtsKC also has a calculator on its website for annual estimates on the AEP5 data that users can access.
Description
Under ArtsKC's Promote initiative is the ArtsKCGo.com online portal that was launched in 2017.  This is a central guide to arts and culture throughout 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.  In 2018, based on ArtsKC's understanding of the demographic changes occurring for artistic events, ArtsKC has broadened its approach to better serve the audience engagement needs of the arts community.  While ArtsKCGo.com is a tactic in overall audience engagement, there are still other needs many arts organizations and artists need to effectively market their events and therefore, diversify and increase their audience sizes.
Program Budget $151,404.00
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 measure has been to track changes since June 2017, the launch date of ArtsKCGo.com, by number of users, click throughs to arts organizations, increased partnerships with agencies that will feature this portal on their website (with use of a widget). In early 2019, 305 arts organizations are listing their events & 257 individual arts promoting their work.  There were over 155K page views in 2018, far higher than our goal in the first full year of 100K page views.  The Kansas City Artsopolis site (vendor) is growing faster than its other 50+ sites throughout the US.
 
Another success will be successful fundraising to fully complete the portal build out.  It is time intensive, detailed work being handled primarily by one staff member. All modules are currently launched with the exception of public art.  
 
An additional success will be to monetize some of this portal through sponsorships by businesses and the widget function by other organizations that want to promote this central guide.  
Long-Term Success
Long term success for the audience engagement work will be through the tracking of some of the arts organizations and artists that have been able to benefit from ArtsKC's efforts, such as in improved marketing, updating of portfolios, measuring their marketing impact with Google analytics and other tools.  
 
Long term success for ArtsKCGo.com 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 ArtsKCGo.com, a 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.  
 
Long term success of audience engagement work will be with sureveys and measurement of the arts organizations and artists in increasing audience attendance of the groups and individuals that ArtsKC is able to serve. 
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,
  • Strong Google searches of the ArtsKCGo.com site
Description Arts Education Support is being provided in two key ways:  Grant support of the KS/MO Kennedy Center for Education Collaborative that is implementing arts integration strategies in area schools and in funding the research to measure the impact of the Collaborative's work.  In FY2015, ArtsKC initiated a regional arts and culture survey.  This resulted in a Regional Culture Plan (RCP).  In this Plan, the top priority was for more and improved arts education for the region's children.  In FY2016, ArtsKC sought and received initial funding to begin to support this area of need.  Since FY2017 ArtsKC continues to provide grant funds for the annual symposium and professional development work that the Collaborative provides to area teachers.  Grant funding available is set to expire in 2020 and additional grant funds are being sought.  For the research work, ArtsKC and its partners identified a researcher from Purdue University with experience in this field.  ArtsKC has sought and received funding for two years for this evaluation work and is working on securing funding for the third year.  This research work has helped the Collaborative strengthen their outreach and evaluation methods and continues to work with Collaborative members on long-term research outcomes.  
Program Budget $91,595.00
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 Short term success has been and will continue to be measured in total attendance and implementation of the professional development tools for arts integration.  To-date, teachers are reporting not only improved learning by their students but also improved behaviors.  
Long-Term Success
For this fiscal year of 2019, four fourth-grade teachers in a Missouri school district and four fourth-grade teachers in a Kansas school district will measure the impact of arts integration through academic measurements: two teachers and each school district will teach "traditional" curriculum and two teachers will teach using arts integrations methods. Aggregate academic scores will be provided at the end of the school year.
Long term success would be the identification of funding to continue and expand this work throughout the region. 
Program Success Monitored By
Program success is monitored by:
  • Attendance at the Annual Symposiums, 
  • Participation by teachers of the Professional Development tools, 
  • Teacher and school administrators feedback on the value of the arts integration strategies, 
  • Teachers encouraging their colleagues to also participate in the arts integration strategies, 
  • Student responses on learning, 
  • Research by a qualified researcher of the Collaborative's arts integration efforts. 
Examples of Program Success
The researcher's year one report showed:
  • "Teacher participants reported positive results", 
  • "Students reported better understanding of the subject material being taught", 
  • "Preliminary data suggest the arts integration program has a largely positive impact on classroom success".
The second year research project will measure to see if any academic improvements occur for the fourth-grade test classes in which one-half of the teachers will implement arts integration tools and one-half will teach traditional methods.  
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 ArtsKCGo.com, the first comprehensive regional cultural calendar, first and then by strategically building marketing expertise in arts organizations and artists through capacity building efforts.

  • We will support the arts by increasing funding opportunities for arts groups and artists through grant funding and building connections and partnerships to advance innovative investment strategies.

  • We will advocate for the arts by advancing the work of the regional arts advocacy committee to influence policy and ensure that the arts are integral to all civic initiatives and to educate the community on the value of the arts. 

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Dana M Knapp
Term Start May 2016
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.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Harlan BrownleeFeb 2009 - 2015
Mrs. Joan IsraeliteMar 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 five 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 2
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 240
Retention Rate 82%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (Please Specify) 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 11
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 with our grant making process.
  • Arts Leaders Network – Convened for the arts organizations, these meetings provide a forum for discussion on current topics.
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Effort is being led by a group of individuals working with ArtsKC to better understand, then help arts organizations in their diversity efforts.
  • The Advocacy Committee is to influence public arts policy and funding.
  • Missouri Citizens for the Arts – 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 gathering economic arts data and regional dissemination. This was completed in 2017/2018.
  • Arts Education - Collaboration with the KS/MO Arts Integration Collaborative around arts integration.  The group consists of  leaders and education administrators from 2 school districts and 2 arts organizations.  ArtsKC supports the Collaborative with grant making and in funding the research project around their work and they support ArtsKC by working closely with the Researcher and in advancing its work legislatively.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Business Committee for the Arts - Affiliate2000
Americans for the Arts2000
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 promote the arts by first completing ArtsKCGo.com portal (the first comprehensive regional cultural calendar), then by strategically building marketing expertise in arts organizations and artists through capacity building methods.

  • We will support the arts by increasing funding opportunities for arts groups and artists through grant making and building connections and partnerships to advance innovative investment strategies.

  • We will advocate for the arts by advancing the regional arts advocacy committee to influence policy and ensure that the arts are integral to all civic initiatives and by educating the community on the economic value of the arts.

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 Donawa
Company Affiliation Truman Medical Center
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Email Niki.Donawa@tmcmed.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Tom CorbinCorbin Bronze
Mr. Kanon CozadTrans Systems
Dr. Derald DavisKansas City, Missouri Public School District
Ms. Niki Lee DonawaTruman Medical Centers
Mr. Brad DouglasHeartland Credit Union Association
Mrs. Shirley Bush HelzbergCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Patience JonesGraphicMachine
Mrs. Ada KochArtist/Art Teacher/Community Volunteer
Ms. Lisbeth LureyArt Historian
Ms. Maria Maffrybnim Architects
Ms. Maureen MahoneyUnified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas
Mr. Chuck McCannThe Whitlock Company
Ms. Tracie McClendon-ColeDeputy Director of Health for the City of Kansas City. MO
Mr. Miguel RiveraKansas City Art Institute
Mr. Jon StephensRockhill Strategic
Ms. Darcy StewartJ. E. Dunn Construction
Ms. Qiana ThomasonBlueCross and BlueShield of Kansas City
Mayor Eileen WeirCity of Independence, MO
Ms. Amy WinterscheidtHallmark
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
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 (comprehensive regional cultural calendar) first, then by strategically building marketing expertise in arts organizations and artists through capacity building methods.   

  • We will support the arts by increasing funding opportunities for arts groups and artists through grant funding and building connections and partnerships to advance innovative investment strategies. 

  • We will advocate for the arts by advancing the work of the regional arts advocacy committee to influence policy and ensure that the arts are integral to all civic initiatives and by educating the community about the economic value of the arts.

Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $2,036,592
Projected Expenses $1,963,846
Endowment Value $124,707
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,313,963$1,377,471$1,361,198
Administration Expense$174,569$219,115$254,501
Fundraising Expense$239,672$135,660$156,556
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.940.961.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%80%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$1,091,886$1,167,497$1,143,378
Current Assets$684,934$806,084$892,516
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$178,963$158,973$72,215
Total Net Assets$912,923$1,008,524$1,071,163
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.835.0712.36
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $397,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $200,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous $29,000
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 for the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years.  As of the 2017 fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017, ArtsKC experienced a net loss of $63K.  In fiscal year 2018, it experienced a net loss of $95.6K.  Both of these years and related losses also pertained to significant changes in leadership in FY2016 and into FY2017.  Dana Knapp was named 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.  Also, in FY2017 the Director of Development left to accept another position and a new Director was not hired for several months.  Two staff members, also a part of the Development team left in FY2018.  Those positions have now been filled and ArtsKC expects much higher revenue in FY2019.  ArtsKC has been able to weather these losses through different ways:  A large majority of the losses each of the two years was for depreciation, amortization and bad debts--non-cash items, and in drawing down from the ArtsKC Operating Reserve Funds.  As noted above, all positions are currently filled and stability has been achieved.  This will all help further ArtsKC's financial stability. 

Other Documents
2016 Annual Report2016View
Diversity Statement2013View
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
Contact Email https://www.artskc.org
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