Providence School of Arts
6422 Woodland Ave
Kansas City MO 64131
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 287-0411
Mission Statement
Providence School of Arts mission is to empower youth to discover and pursue their purpose in life by providing holistic educational opportunities to children of all backgrounds.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Marcus Oatis
Board Chair Mr. Marcus Oatis
Board Chair Company Affiliation Providence School of Arts
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Providence School of Arts mission is to empower youth to discover and pursue their purpose in life by providing holistic educational opportunities to children of all backgrounds.
Background Statement
In 2012, the dream of Providence School of Arts began with the intention of making an impact on children’s lives who reside in an urban setting. Marcus Oatis, founder, grew up in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri and had first hand perspective of the adversities children face. Because of various positive experiences culturally, spiritually, and in academics and the arts, Mr. Oatis was able to overcome the challenges of his environment. Mr. Oatis wanted to offer the numerous deserving families of all backgrounds in the Kansas City Metropolitan area a program where they could discover and pursue their purpose in life.
In 2014, Providence launched its first program under fiscal sponsorship called Summer Arts Camp with 12 students ages 7-11. This program’s focus is to give children within the community Fine and Performing Arts experiences with highly qualified professionals. This inaugural program was a success measured by the positive feedback received from students and families. 
In 2015, the Board of Directors approved that the organization would move forward with the launch of an Elementary Program.
Impact Statement
Organizational Accomplishments: 
  • Developed and implemented Summer Arts Camp Expansion which add 20 additional camp participants.
  • Increased Board of Directors from 5 to 7 members. 
  • Launched Elementary School in the Fall of 2016.
Organizational Goals:
  • Increase Elementary School enrollment for the 2017-2018 academic year. 
  • Establish a Board of Advisors.
  • Develop and implement an after school program for students of Providence School of Arts.
Needs Statement
  • Develop and implement an after school program for students of Providence School of Arts.
  • Secure funding for a School Bus.
  • Identify and recruit additional qualified members to serve on the Board of Directors.
  • Summer Arts Camp Funding
Service Categories
Primary & Elementary Schools
Arts Education
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Providence School of Arts started with a dream to make a positive impact on the lives of children. Each day, this dream becomes a reality as the organization continues to grow and press forward with its strategic plan.
Providence exists to provide children of all backgrounds an opportunity to discover the potential of their mind, body, and spirit. Our Summer Arts Program is a reflection of this mission in that we provide children a space in which they can create. We have found success in this program through the positive feedback we have received from parents and the community, and our growing enrollments.
The future of this organization resides in the launch of our Elementary program. This will allow for the provision of services in which children can develop and grow in their intellect, creativity, and motivations. Because of the magnitude of this program, we are faced with challenges in finding a viable location and securing the necessary funds. We have been able to meet these challenges with vigor due to the motivation of our board of directors. We have been able to build strong connections within the community which has led us to potential donors and quality facilities within our predefined area.
Description Summer Arts Camp provides high quality Fine and Performing Arts experiences for children ages 3-11 during the summer months. Participants are exposed to one or more of the art forms: Music, Dance, Theatre, and Visual Art. All classes are taught by highly trained performing arts professionals. Students in this program not only get to discover their personal creativity, but are able to discover and develop a life-long connection with the arts.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success Students follow a predefined curriculum that develops basic skills for the arts. In addition to learning these key elements, students gain a deeper understand of their creative, physical, and intellectual potential and deeper appreciation for the arts.
Long-Term Success The arts are pivotal to the growth of communities. Our long-term goal is to build awareness of the arts through hands on experience and ultimately develop life-long supporters of the arts and creatively minded professionals.
Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored in several ways: enrollment numbers, pre and post surveys for students and parents that evaluates program satisfaction, uniqueness of experience, and future goals.
Examples of Program Success Our success story comes from Marcella Mauk, who stated in her post survey, “I learned how to work hard when dancing.” Though her words were few, the impact is evident. These essential skills not only apply to the art form but to life.
CEO Comments
Elementary Program - New Program Coming Soon
Providence School of Arts strives to bring the best in education to the many deserving families of the Kansas City Metropolitan communities. Our program features highlight our innovative approach to developing the mind, body, and spirit so that each child can be at their best. Not only will students be challenged academically, they will also be challenged to find pathways in which they can apply new discoveries to the context of their lives.
Integration of Faith and Learning
A Christian worldview is developed through the integration of faith and learning in each subject matter. This format guides students into a greater understanding of God’s world and humanities role in it. In addition to Bible class, students will learn Biblical principles throughout the curriculum.
Performing Arts Curriculum
Providence offers a unique performing arts curriculum that incorporates music, dance, theater, and art into the students weekly schedule. By the end of the program students will have established a basic foundation of knowledge and will be able to perform proficiently in each subject matter. Additionally, students developmental skills, such as sensory, attentional, cognitive, emotional, and motor capacities, are enhanced through the performing arts curriculum.
Leadership Development
Providence’s program, Students as Leaders, provides opportunities in and outside of the classrooms for all students to take on the responsibility of leadership and represent not only their classrooms but the school as a whole. Students will gain necessary knowledge and skills which include, self-confidence and awareness, clear and concise communication, role model characterization, maintaining group morale, cohesion, and commitment.
Community Service
Continual selfless service to others is woven into the mission of Providence. The importance of “loving your neighbor(s) as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) is instilled in the students and they are provided with numerous opportunities in which they can serve surrounding communities. Providence sees the importance of participating in the development and growth of the Kansas City Metropolitan communities.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Marcus Oatis
Term Start June 2013
Experience Marcus has spent his career dedicated to the arts. He has spent the last several years as an administrator and instructor for the Kansas City Ballet School. As a former professional dancer with Kansas City Ballet, Mr. Oatis firmly believes in the cognitive, physical, and emotional benefits of arts education and believes in providing families with viable educational opportunities. He has worked with Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey in their educational outreach programs; providing performing arts exposure and character development to school age students in their local schools. Mr. Oatis has also served in a management capacity for New City Church and Hyatt Hotel and Resorts. As a native resident of Kansas City Missouri, Mr. Oatis is committed to contributing to the development and growth of the Metro area.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 15
Paid Contractors 0
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
New City Church (Fiscal Sponsor 2013-2015)
Christian Schools International2015
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Marcus Oatis
Company Affiliation Providence School of Arts
Term June 2013 to June 2016
Board Members
Ms. Pat Beatty Belton Regional
Mr. Blaine Kauk Inside Response
Mr. Marcus Oatis Providence School of Arts
Ms. Stephanie Oatis Stony Point North Elementary
Ms. Karis Parker Spring Valley Elementary
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $100,000
Projected Expenses $25,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.  Balance sheet information states FYE 12/31/2014.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$3,226----
Administration Expense$240----
Fundraising Expense$85----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.44----
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$11,769----
Current Assets$11,769----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$11,769----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
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? Yes
Campaign Purpose Providence is currently raising capital our new Elementary Program
Goal $223,000.00
Amount Raised to Date $18,500.00 as of Jan 2016
Organization Comments The forecasted amount of revenue is based on our current projections from the capital campaign. 
Organization Name Providence School of Arts
Address 6422 Woodland Ave
Kansas City, MO 64131
Primary Phone (816) 287-0411
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Marcus Oatis
Board Chair Mr. Marcus Oatis
Board Chair Company Affiliation Providence School of Arts
Year of Incorporation 2012