PO Box 30032
Kansas City MO 64112
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 863-8782
Mission Statement

Our Mission
PerformOUTKC provides a safe, inclusive atmosphere for youth of any and all identities. We foster positive identity development through creative expression.

Our Vision
PerformOUTKC is an identity affirming creative arts program striving to enable young people to discover their voices, channel creativity and foster empowerment. 

Our Slogan
We Explore, Discover, Celebrate and Share
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Kenneth Michael Strickland
Board Chair Mr. Kenneth Michael Strickland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Habitat for Humanity Kansas City
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer PerformOUTKC seeks the support of individuals that are looking for ways to give to a youth arts program so we offer two monthly-giving programs. One is the $20 for 12 which is a $20 monthly investment for 12 months and the other is for those that wish to give over $20 per month. That program is called Achiever's Society which is $41.66 monthly investment for 12 months. 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Our Mission
PerformOUTKC provides a safe, inclusive atmosphere for youth of any and all identities. We foster positive identity development through creative expression.

Our Vision
PerformOUTKC is an identity affirming creative arts program striving to enable young people to discover their voices, channel creativity and foster empowerment. 

Our Slogan
We Explore, Discover, Celebrate and Share
Background Statement The concept of PerformOUTKC was inspired by several members of the Heartland Men's Chorus while attending the 2008 GALA Festival held in Miami. There were 7 youth organizations that performed for the festival delegates. It was at that time that the desire was born to create Kansas City's first LGBTQA performing arts organization. PerformOUTKC was established in 2008 and incorporated in the state of Missouri in 2010. 
Impact Statement

PerformOUTKC was created for charitable and educational purposes for the young people of the Kansas City community. Too often our young people do not have an individual or organization that will allow them to just be themselves. To counteract the rise in bullying, teen suicides, homelessness and current political climate PerformOUTKC was created to reach out to young people to help them navigate through the challenges of adolescence. PerformOUTKC strives to let them know they are not alone while giving them a creative outlet to share their feelings with others in the community.

Since its inception in 2008, PerformOUTKC had been a safe haven for all young people to Explore, Discover, Celebrate and Share. The young artists that have participated in our programs have been empowered to share their own stories to the community. POKC has sponsored and produced authentic and meaningful arts showcases throughout the community. Our members have shared the stage with the Heartland Men’s Chorus and the Mid America Freedom Band. We have produced original plays that were created, written and performed by young artist in the KC Fringe Festival. In addition to empowering and raising awareness in our own community PerformOUTKC had the amazing experience of participating in the 2012 GALA Choruses Festival in Denver. Our young artists joined 6,000 delegates as we shared our voices with each other. For every one of our young artists, it was a life-changing experience.

PerformOUTKC provides free programs which serve the LGBTQIA youth and their allies in the Kansas City community.  The focus of our programs are to assist young artist in developing creative, interpersonal and leadership skills. Our goal is to empower the youth and in turn they can inspire others to be their true authentic selves. 

These programs include but, are not limited to the following: 

  • Monthly workshops created to assist LGBTQIA young people and their allies to discover their voices, channel creativity and foster empowerment.
  • Quarterly showcases will be provided to the community to share the newly discovered voices, talents and their stories through creative expression.
  • An original authentic and creative performance piece, created, written and performed by LGBTQIA youth and their allies.
  • Loud and Proud – LGBTQIA Youth and their allies showcase.
Needs Statement
  1. Program and Project Support
  2. General Operating Support
  3. Youth Service Support
Service Categories
Arts,Culture & Humanities NEC
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement As one of the founding board members I am very proud of the development of PerformOUTKC. Over the years the organization went from being a concept to a real life community operation and today we have developed a stable organization with a strong working board and volunteer base which assist us in the planning and creation of successful community programs. The challenges we face in the future are to continue our regular operations. Reach out to area youth who need to belong and be celebrated. Provide additional services and mentors to our young members to assist in their growth and development.
Our program provides monthly creative arts workshops ending with a performance review at the end of each quarterly semester.

Additionally, we offer an annual devised theatre project which incorporates a weekend summer arts camp leading into Kansas City’s largest theatre festival..Fringe!

POKC also produces a showcased, talent initiative Loud & Proud to raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQIA youth while educating our audiences of all LGBTQIA-related youth service providers in the community. We’re proud to announce this years’ Loud & Proud talent initiative will add a fund-a-need opportunity to successfully launch our youth arts scholarship fund as we look to financially support the “creative” work of ALL youth!

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered
Short-Term Success The short-term goal approach would be providing a safe space for self-discovery. Help youth figure who they are through self-expression and how they can reinvest their discoveries and self-growth through the arts.
Long-Term Success Our long-term goals are to provide a comprehensive approach to learning the performing arts with individual creative expression. And to offer a first-class experience for youth to celebrate their talents with connections with local artists that will serve as artistic mentors.
Program Success Monitored By Through education artistic programming and production, reaching a diverse audience and gaining support from the community is a model and ingredient for success.
Examples of Program Success I would like to share a story of one of our young performers that expresses his appreciation for the organization in how he found himself through the arts. This member was on the verge of attempting suicide because they lived in a world of hatred and distrust, but through the efforts of our artistic staff supporting this member express their feelings and thoughts through poetry and music composition. We strive to advertise and share the talents of our young artists to the community. And this is the best approach and presentation to successfully gain support both resourceful and financially.
CEO Comments

One important program we’re offering will be monthly, day-long performing arts workshop. Youth, ages 13 - 18 within the Kansas City community are welcome to join the workshop were quality master classes will be offered by some of KC’s rank-and-file theatre & musical theatre directors, actors and instrumental instruction. The program will be offered free to youth that come from the less than fortunate communities surrounding Kansas City.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Kenneth Michael Strickland
Term Start Sept 2009
Experience Ken has a Bachelor of Science in music education and has been involved in some form of performing arts most of his life. Career and volunteer work has allowed Ken to develop skills in organization, facilitative management, strategic planning, marketing and development. He has served several not-for-profit organizations in event planning, volunteer coordination, membership services and board development. Ken currently works as the Faith Relations and Outreach Manager with Habitat for Humanity-Kansas City. Ken has also contributed his time and talent to facilitate board retreat for community organizations and plans to continue serving in a facilitative and advisory role. PerformOUTKC has been Ken’s passion since 2008, and he is thrilled to be able to work with such a talented and dedicated group of people. The young artists of PerformOUTKC motivate him to keep pushing forward.
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 4
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
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 Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
PerformOUTKC has had the honor to collaborate with the Heartland Men's Chorus, Mid-America Freedom Band and a host of local school gay-straight alliances on both educational and performing arts. 
This year we're looking forward to partner and collaborate with the queer theatre troup "Project Pride" a division of the Coterie Theater. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Kenneth Strickland
Company Affiliation Habitat for Humanity Kansas City
Term July 2014 to June 2017
Board Members
Ms. Chiquita Miller PhDKansas State University
Mr. Ken StricklandHabitat for Humanity Kansas City
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Charles BruffyKC Chorale, KC Symphony Chorus
Mr. Anthony EdwardsCoterie Theatre, Starlight Theatre
Mr. Michael GraymanSpinning Tree Theatre
Dr. Lee HartmanMid-America Freedom Band
Mr. Elven HickmonSprint
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $5,000
Projected Expenses $3,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using internal financial statements. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$300$604$0
Administration Expense$3,315$14,112$0
Fundraising Expense$150$2,700$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.590.63--
Program Expense/Total Expenses8%3%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$250$649$7,589
Current Assets$250$649$7,589
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$250$649$7,589
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments No audits have been conducted of the financials as our gross receipts haven't been in access over $50,000. 
Other Documents
2014-2015 Strategic Plan2014View
2013-2014 Strategic Plan2013View
Organization Name PerformOUTKC
Address PO Box 30032
Kansas City, MO 64112
Primary Phone (816) 863-8782
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Kenneth Michael Strickland
Board Chair Mr. Kenneth Michael Strickland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Habitat for Humanity Kansas City
Year of Incorporation 2010