Atelier CMS Inc.
2107 Grand Blvd. #409
Kansas City MO 64108
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 805-8060
Mission Statement
Engage communities in projects with Teaching Artists. Taking exhibition out of the gallery into the streets and parks to inform communities creativity is missing in the educational system and let's get it back.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Carla Malone Steck
Board Chair Ms. carla Malone Steck
Board Chair Company Affiliation Atelier CMS Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2002
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Engage communities in projects with Teaching Artists. Taking exhibition out of the gallery into the streets and parks to inform communities creativity is missing in the educational system and let's get it back.
Background Statement
Our program began in the capital city of Missouri in 2002. Established to access access to creative thinkers especially artists. Carla Malone Steck for whom the nonprofit is named continues as president and art director steering the workshop.
Partnerships have been essential to progress. The support of the state in various forms: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has distributed our concepts for creativity (curricula). Linn State Technical College provided workshop space and tools. Governors have provided state grounds for exhibitions with manpower to include Restorative Justice. Cities and counties have provided assistance with security, equipment and manpower. 
Public/private collaboration is how we thrive during each new endeavor. 
This educational opportunity began with 10 deserving students selected three times a year by their school to participate in a rigorous eight week studio (atelier) environment. A transition occurred as we sought funding we promoted our ideas with project based artworks in outdoor public spaces with students learning the various facets of exhibition process. For three years we worked within a 30 acre park hosting 20 artists for a four day exhibition of site-specific site- responsive educational art experiences for school groups and the general public at no cost to them. We went from 30 students per year to 2,300 students in one day receiving access to teaching artists.
We also created partnerships with business and school to create large scale social sculptures from a giant Ball & Jack set to giant bugs and wildflowers designed by Missouri's youth and fabricated in our collaborative workshop. 
Today we are settling into Kansas City and believe this project can be a signature festival for the region (while in production the ART INSIDE THE PARK festival received top funding from the Missouri Arts Council 2006-2010). We have begun the necessary talks with community leaders and spent the last two years establishing significant relationships with school districts in KC MO and KS during our  recent project was with the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art as we produced "Mideast Meets Midwest".
Impact Statement
Accomplishments of 2016: 
  • Collaboration with the Gem Educational Center's Vine Street Studio.
  • Collaboration with Kansas City Art Institute Accredited Student Internship.
  • Collaborate with Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts as artist in resident with outdoor exhibition.
  • Sustain Workshop in Crossroads of KC.
  • Produced "Clay Gate Keepers" at Vine Street Studio during NCECA Conference.
Goals for 2017: 
  • Establish relationships with funders in the greater Kansas City area to perform needed community arts projects with schools and their communities.
Needs Statement
  1. Fund artist/administrator to create partnerships in the community.
  2. Produce a targeted mailing for the Kansas City area.
  3. Workshop and or access to trade/tech school tools/space. 
  4. Fully fund the apprenticeship program in Kansas City area.
  5. Provide stipends for teaching artists to work with underserved communities.
  6. Materials: wood, metal, fabric etc. 
Service Categories
Arts Education
Economic Development
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
We are interested in the underserved areas of Kansas City.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Historically we’ve been consistent and continue to develop and Instruct project based learning experiences in the visual arts (ex: Street Art, Brownfield Beautification, Art on Water, Missouri WILDflowers, Bug Sightings, Inflatable Art, and varied site specific site responsive artwork...) distributed by Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for state wide participation. We provide access to creative thinking models through cross disciplined education in studio and off-site (Alternative, home, public and private K-12 schools, Linn State Technical College, Preferred Family Health Care, Boys and Girls Clubs, Restorative Justice, The Kansas City Jewish Museum, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Spark Park Farm, and other underserved communities of Missouri continue to be actively engaged in the process of art making). Students learn the care of visiting artists, participate in efforts acquiring materials at little or no cost while multi-tasking the marketing designs for print, web, radio and video. Fundraising tasks are engaged in by all (ex: Festival Grant-Missouri Arts Council, corporate, government and individual sponsorship). Students apprentice during the exhibition process beginning with the RFQ sent to national and international artists, students are engaged in the recruitment process. The design, fabrication and collaborative installation process with professional artists, corporations, cities, counties, parks, recreation departments and state employees for the production of exhibition is learned. The backbone of the program introduces rigorous observational drawing/painting/design exercises in the studio prior to museum/gallery visits and collaboration with visiting artists and more advanced institutions of art.
Description Our goal is to inspire others to investigate cultures outside of their everyday surroundings and to influence the understanding of social and cultural identities. The Community Art aspect invites professional artists to collaborate with people who don't normally actively engage in the arts.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed No
Short-Term Success Many of our clients go on to become teachers, community activists, and life long learners in the arts. The at risk youth become more comfortable with themselves and their surroundings because of the risks taken in the art process.
Long-Term Success Our clients are artists, youth and communities of varying strengths usually unaccustomed to interaction with working artists. Our goal is to change education systems regarding the arts. By providing pop-up encounters with the visual arts, the change begins with conversation and thought provoking reaction.
Program Success Monitored By Our program is successful based on our continued partnerships and successful grant applications. If Kansas City is to be our home the main measure of success will be our ability to advance a regional marketing plan for the arts. Our students range from talented to abused and neglected, participation in the arts creates a healthy atmosphere in every head.
Examples of Program Success Sherri Jacobs “ I am an art therapist in Kansas City. My initial impression in our first event we did together was how quickly Atelier CMS (Carla Malone Steck) could engage a room full of children of various ages into a hum of activity. Carla’s creativity and charisma comes to life in these situations, and the skill of fully engaging children into the creative process is one that should not be overlooked in Carla’s repertoire of attributes. We also collaborated in a community event in which several hundred people dropped in to paint over the course of an entire day event. Again, Carla demonstrated such a magnificent and infectious level of creativity and flow into this event, that without her presence, the project would have failed. Each time I have worked with Carla, I have learned so much about the creative process. Carla has the need to create deep down in each cell of her body, coupled with the skill level and thought process that truly embodies what defines an artist.
CEO Comments
We need your funding!
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Carla Malone Steck
Term Start Aug 2002
Experience Carla Malone Steck for whom the artist's workshop Atelier CMS Inc. is named has been an artist since her first lesson at age 5.  Recognized for her talent in the arts traveling with the children's theatre during college and dancing and comedic roles during high school—Carla has enjoyed the stage most of her life. It is this performance talent that inspires her students. Teaching others how to enjoy creativity is what Carla does best. Her college years recognized these social skills through various awards from her peers: Intramural Best Sister Award, Ideal Active, Sister of the Golden Heart, Rush Chairman, and serving as the Graduate School Representative for the Arts, and Outstanding Achievement in Drawing and Painting twice from the Dorothy Rollins Fund during graduate school. 
Immediately starting a family after graduate school in a community without art institutions led Carla to the Cole County Historical Society serving as Board Member and past Treasurer. This organization taught her the many nonprofit business skills as curator of exhibitions also designing the major fundraising tool the annual ornament. Fundraising and politics did not escape her during the expansion of the CCHS with NAP tax credits and its deadline. Joining the oldest Rotary Club in Jefferson City and lobbying it and other rotaries, city and county governments and officials for essential partnerships became another essential task of creating a top ranked festival for the state. Enjoying the creative aspect of producing all phases and levels of production was then a whirlwind much like the creative process. Living in the state's capital brought its powerful relationships including portrait work for Lori Hauser Holden and most recently Bob Holden. Some of the most creative work came from Missouri's First Lady, answering the call to create the first installation in the Governor's Mansion using 12,000 snowflakes from fourth grade students across the state inspires her work with youth today.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Paid Contractors 1
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 No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. carla Malone Steck
Company Affiliation Atelier CMS Inc.
Term Dec 2014 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Mr. Thomas Cobian The Neon Gallery, artist
Mrs. Lisa Gieseking Pharmaseuticals
Ms. Susan Holland Hinrichs Missouri Rural Services, Inc., Vice President
Ms. Joey Los Mayor of McCittrick, Artist
Ms. Pam Malone Retired
Ms. Megan Rose Richardson Midwest Public Risk
Ms. Carla Malone Steck Freelance Artist
Mr Ian Steck Agriculture
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 20%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 80%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
CEO Comments
Funding is our challenge, we are ready to perform our work but lack funding.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $13,000
Projected Expenses $58,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financial statements. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$10,312$13,031$26,167
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.241.061.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue--0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$17,369$9,442$17,743
Current Assets$17,369$9,442$17,743
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$17,369$9,442$17,743
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
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

Organization Name Atelier CMS Inc.
Address 2107 Grand Blvd. #409
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 805-8060
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Carla Malone Steck
Board Chair Ms. carla Malone Steck
Board Chair Company Affiliation Atelier CMS Inc.
Year of Incorporation 2002