Liberty Arts Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 283
Liberty MO 64069
Sculpture unveiling event-April 2018
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 792-8300
Fax 816- 792-3337
Mission Statement
The Liberty Arts Foundation is dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of the arts and cultural activities in the Liberty, Missouri, community. We are committed to being a vital partner in the enrichment and education of our citizens regarding all aspects of the arts and the importance they hold for the betterment of the community.
CEO/Executive Director Robert Steinkamp
Board Chair Robert Steinkamp
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kirkland Woods & Martinsen, P.C.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations may be mailed to the Liberty Arts Foundation at the organization's address provided above.  
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The Liberty Arts Foundation is dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of the arts and cultural activities in the Liberty, Missouri, community. We are committed to being a vital partner in the enrichment and education of our citizens regarding all aspects of the arts and the importance they hold for the betterment of the community.
Background Statement The Liberty Arts Foundation is an outgrowth of the Liberty Arts Commission but is a separate, private, charitable, nonprofit organization designed to support all arts-related endeavors that benefit Liberty, Missouri citizens.
Impact Statement
The Liberty Arts Foundation, Inc. (LAF) was founded in 2011 as an outgrowth of the Liberty Arts Commission, to support and empower the arts in Liberty, MO.
LAF completed the fund raising and installation of six Lyman-Whitaker wind sculptures in the Liberty Triangle. In addition, LAF has provided support for art projects organized and sponsored through the Liberty Arts Commission, including five years of Make Music Liberty.  LAF has also provided financial support for the the Liberty Symphony. The LAF also raised the funding for the China Slaughter Sculpture and installation located at the corner of Mill and Gallatin Streets and partially funded the Kansas City jazz concert performed at the Liberfty Community Center in August 2019.
Currently the goals of the LAF are: 

1. To build a base of individual & corporate donors who have a love for the arts.
2. To fund the arts in Liberty including:
  • The current public art project, to be gifted to the Liberty School District regards the China Slaughter Sculpture to be located in the China Slaughter Reading Park at Gallatin and Mill Streets, Liberty, Missouri.
  • To fund programs sponsored through the Arts Commission, including Arts Squared, Make Music Liberty in American and other such projects.
  • To fund programs presented by such organizations as the Liberty Community Chorus and the Liberty Symphony. 
3. To identify other potential public & private arts projects which the Foundation could support.
Needs Statement
  1. Financial and in-kind gifts for the China Slaughter Sculpture  Project including monetary donations and gifts of concrete, materials and labor for installation of the sculpture.
  2. On-going financial and in-kind gifts to the Foundation in support of new public and private arts projects in the Liberty, MO community. 
  3. Increased interaction and support from corporate and government funders to expand the breadth of involvement in more diverse arts areas (I.e. visual, literary, performing, etc.).
  4. Expansion of visibility of the Arts Commission, the Liberty Arts Foundation and the other Liberty arts organizations and artists so that the public can realize their value and enrichment of the community.
Service Categories
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas of Service
MO - Liberty
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Among the many attributes that make Liberty a great place to live are citizens passionately committed to making a meaningful difference to the essential character of Liberty. The Liberty Arts Foundation was instituted to support, encourage and assist the arts community of Liberty and to educate and enrich the lives of Liberty citizens through the arts. As funding becomes available through private donations and grants, the Foundation will, for example, support addidtional projects of the Arts Commission, the Liberty Symphony, Corbin Theater, the Community Chorus and other such organizations and individuals.

Think of how we can enrich the lives of Liberty citizens with a sculpture or sculptures placed in one or more locations throughout Liberty. For example, if funding could be found, think of a piece of artwork located at the entrance to Liberty on Kansas Street, greeting citizens and visitors as they enter Liberty from Kansas City or the interstate. This is just an example. We have identified other potential sites and would be happy to share those with interested parties.

The arts enhance and enrich our lives, the lives of our children, our souls and our community; they magnify our emotional commitment to Liberty; they increase the value of our property. They are worthy of our support. We hope that others will join the Board in support of the Arts Foundation with gifts and donations, either to the Foundation's initial project or in support of the arts community in Liberty in general. Financial and in-kind contributions will be not only an investment in the spirit of the arts, but also in all lives it touches. --Robert Steinkamp, President
Description  The China Slaughter Reading Park and Sculpture Project, honoring a beloved African American crossing guard/custodian, will be created to encourage the enjoyment of reading for the for the students of Franklin Elementary School, and the Liberty public. 

The China Slaughter Reading Park site was donated for the creation of a park and will honor China Slaughter. It will provide a place for children, teachers, parents and neighbors/community to enjoy a good book. The park is located one block from the Historic Downtown Liberty Square, and across the street from Franklin Elementary School, Liberty's oldest and second poorest operating school. 

China Slaughter was a 45-year employee of Liberty Public Schools as a crossing guard and custodian. He began working while liberty schools were still segregated. 
Within the park will be sculptures of China Slaughter and two children celebrating  China's importance to the children of Liberty. It is for these sculptures that LAF is seeking funds.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success The short-term success of the China Slaughter Reading and Sculpture Park is very dependent on whether or not there is public financial support for the LAF fundraising efforts. To date, $5462 has been raised in the brief fundraising drive. Recently a fundraising mailing was sent to major individual and corporate arts supporters to kick-off the China Slaughter Park campaign.
Long-Term Success Long-term program success will be measured by how well-known and used the park is by the public.
Program Success Monitored By The LAF will measure long-term success of the China Slaughter Reading and Sculpture Park by observing the use of the park at random times.  It will also measure the success by the number and amount of public contributions to the sculpture project. 

Franklin Elementary School, across the street from the park, will be conducting programs in the park.  These programs will be monitored jointly by the LAF and Franklin Elementary School. 
Examples of Program Success See above statements.
Description The Wind Sculptures Project is part of the LAF's commitment to public art.  Recommended by the Liberty Arts Commission, the LAF approved and is raising funds to have a total of six wind sculptures fabricated and placed in two traffic roundabouts.

 The sculptures have been fabricated and placed in the roundabouts and the project fundraising has been completed.  .
Please refer to the multi-media section of this profile to view the sculptures on the day they were installed.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success Short-term success has been measured by the fact that the wind sculptures have been fabricated, installed and paid for.
Long-Term Success Symbols of long-term success of the wind sculptures are:
1.   Public knowledge of the sculptures will be common and they will
      a. know that the sculptures exist
      b. know their location
      c. publically express enjoyment of the sculptures
2.   As the LAF seeks public support for future projects, funding will be more forth-coming because of the public's knowledge and       enjoyment of the LAF's wind sculptures and other sponsored public art projects.
Program Success Monitored By Completion of short-term goals of fabrication, installation and payment for sculptures.
Examples of Program Success See news article in "other documents" section of this profile.
CEO Comments The Liberty Arts Foundation (LAF) gained its non-profit status in 2011.  As a new arts foundation, its fundraising/funding ability is limited to just a few projects at this time.  The LAF board meets to review funding requests, then prioritizes the projects and uses its fundraising abilities to concentrate on the selected projects.
The LAF is currently sponsoring and raising funds for two projects:

1.   The China Slaughter Reading and Sculpture Park
2.   Liberty  Traffic Roundabouts Public Arts Project
Both projects are described more in-depth in this programming section along with budgets and remaining amounts needing to be funded.
As the LAF grows and its grants and public support are increased, the LAF will be able to provide support for more diverse projects (i.e. visual, literary and performing arts groups and individual artists).  LAF has good community support that is growing steadily.
Bob Steinkamp
LAF President   
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Robert Steinkamp
Term Start Jan 2011
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 17
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
The LAF collaborates with the following agencies and organizations:  
  • Liberty Arts Commission
  • Liberty Public School District
  • Liberty Public Schools Foundation
  • Clay County African American Legacy
  • Historic Downtown Liberty, Inc.
  • Liberty Arts Squared Arts Festival
  • Liberty Symphony Orchestra
  • Liberty City Council
CEO Comments
The LAF has no paid staff. It is a completely volunteer run organization with a nine member volunteer board of directors. Based on its By-laws, the President of LAF also serves as the CEO/Executive Director. 
The LAF has been successful in its fundraising projects for its short history as a non-profit agency and anticipates continuing and steady growth in its fundraising and support.
Board Chair
Board Chair Robert Steinkamp
Company Affiliation Kirkland Woods & Martinsen, P.C.
Term Jan 2011 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Don BrownCommunity Volunteer
Greg DuncanCates Auction & Realty
Shane ImmeltMinds-i Photography
Heather JonesSeigfreid Bingham Levy Selzer & Gee
Kristi SoligoKristi Soligo & Associates, Reece & Nichols
Bob SteinkampKirkland & Woods, P.C.
Kimberly ThurstonFirst Baptist Church of Liberty
Heather WoleskyBrown Excavating
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
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 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments
The LAF continues to grow its contributions but additional major grants/donation are needed to bring the China Slaughter sculpture into fruition. Those individuals who knew China, loved and respected him greatly as he was a humble and mentoring assets to the Liberty youth of the 1960's through the mid-1980's. But the LAF does not have the resources available to reach those individuals who are outside of the Liberty community and who therefore are unaware of our efforts and financial need. Those who did not know China would also want to support the project because of the impact he had on the community.  
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $27,500
Projected Expenses $27,500
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the agency's internal financial documents.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$815$693$14,923
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses4.4311.941.57
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$25,960$23,444$12,406
Current Assets$25,960$23,444$12,406
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,182$3,182$0
Total Net Assets$22,778$20,262$12,406
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.167.37--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
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 Currently the LAF chooses projects and raises funds, 100% of which go directly into these projects. There is very little overhead (except for printing and postage) and no paid staff. The volunteer board and community volunteers are very active. Many of the overhead expenses have been donated with in-kind donations from volunteers and board members (i.e. postage, printing, etc.).
Other Documents
2016 Expense Budget2016View
Source of Funds2016View
Public Art Article in Liberty Tribune2013View
Liberty Tribune Editorial2013View
China Slaughter Reading and Sculpture Park Brochure2013View
China Slaughter Reading and Sculpture Park Artist Rendering2013View
By-Laws for Liberty Arts Foundation, Inc.2011View
Liberty Arts Foundation Articles of Incorporation2011View
Organization Name Liberty Arts Foundation, Inc.
Address PO Box 283
Liberty, MO 64069
Primary Phone (816) 792-8300
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Robert Steinkamp
Board Chair Robert Steinkamp
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kirkland Woods & Martinsen, P.C.
Year of Incorporation 2011