Arts & AGEing KC, Inc.
420 NW Briarcliff Pkwy
Kansas City MO 64116
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 835-6734
Mission Statement
Arts & AGEing KC serves as a connector, convener, and catalyst for enriching lives through Creative Aging. We envision people flourishing across the lifespan, and actively participating in a vibrant community through meaningful engagement with the arts. We partner with community organizations to remove barriers for accessing professionally-led, participatory arts programs inspired by narratives that connect generations.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Debra Campbell
Board Chair Ms. Michelle Brown
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mid-America Regional Council - Department of Aging Serives
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Former Names
Kansas City Senior Theatre
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Arts & AGEing KC serves as a connector, convener, and catalyst for enriching lives through Creative Aging. We envision people flourishing across the lifespan, and actively participating in a vibrant community through meaningful engagement with the arts. We partner with community organizations to remove barriers for accessing professionally-led, participatory arts programs inspired by narratives that connect generations.
Background Statement
Arts & AGEing KC was founded in 2014 under the name Kansas City Senior Theatre as a 501c3 organization. Founder Deb Campbell was inspired by her work with creative aging programming through her company A Couple of Characters. Since its founding, Arts & AGEing has continued to be at the forefront of the national conversation surrounding the impact of meaningful arts experiences. Gene Cohen's groundbreaking work 'THE CREATIVITY AND AGING STUDY: THE IMPACT OF PROFESSIONALLY CONDUCTED CULTURAL PROGRAMS ON OLDER ADULTS" is the foundational research for the creative aging movement.
The mission of Arts & AGEing KC is to be a catalyst, convener and connector, enriching lives through creative aging. We design and implement original programs that engage older adults in the community through professionally led, participatory arts programs.
Arts & AGEing KC has increased resources through grants and community partnerships over the last two years. Current partnerships include Clay County Senior Services, The Writer’s Place, Missouri Arts Council, The Black Archives, Epstein Gallery at Shalom Village, The Palmer Center, Don Bosco Centers, Guadalupe Center, Keeler Women’s Center, and others. Our Board of Directors is actively working to increase resources through special events and individual donor cultivation.
Arts & AGEing KC is recognized nationally for original arts programming including our Visual Arts Studio, Seven Stages Seven Stories, Dancing with Crows Feet©, our Veterans Project called "Living Portraits". Dancing with Crow’s-Feet© was performed at the 2016 KC Fringe Festival and was well received. Funding from the MO Humanities Council enabled Arts & AGE KC to present this subject matter to the broader Missouri community in FY 2017 – 2018.
Deb Campbell presented at the 2015 Creative Aging Conference in 2015 and at the 2016 Global Perspectives on Creative Aging in Washington, D.C. Arts & AGEing KC performed Dancing with Crow’s-Feet©, at the International Congress on Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology this summer in San Francisco by invitation.
Impact Statement
  • Our Visual Arts Studio launched as a series of workshops conducted over eight weeks in senior living centers. Twelve residents signed up initially, creating original visual arts. A celebration of their work culminated in an ‘artist’ reception.
  • Dancing with Crow’s-Feet© is an original theatre and visual arts project produced by Arts & AGEing KC. The play made its premier at the 2016 KC Fringe Festival.
  • Debra Campbell, our CEO, was an invited presenter to the National Center for Creative Aging 2016 Conference in Washington, DC, and the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics 2017 World Congress in San Francisco. She is recognized as a pioneer in the rapidly expanding field of creative aging that leads initiatives to promote the vital importance of participatory arts programs.
Needs Statement
  • AAKC is looking to increase attendance and revenue at performances. We are needing to secure additional volunteers, sponsors, and individual donors for all performances and programs.
  • AAKC is looking for financial support to hire a full-time CEO. This would assist us in improving our efficiency and increasing the impact of our work on a local, regional, and national levels.
Service Categories
Arts & Culture
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Platte County
Programs
Description
Visual Arts Studio(VAS) began with pilot workshops at a retirement community in Kansas City, Missouri in October 2016 in partnership with Phoenix Family. Twelve residences enrolled and have continued in the program. Participants experiment with a range of effects and variety of materials. Eight-week session conclude with a trip to view the work of Abstract Expressionists, drawing parallels to their own work.
VAS’s include workshops in music, voice, puppetry, poetry and other artistic mediums. These programs have four fold purpose:
  1. Inspire creativity and promote social interaction. 
  2. Create art to provide the pleasure of discovery and self expression. 
  3. Inspire new artists with NO experience is required. 
  4. Focus on the JOY of discovery in a FAILURE FREE environment.
Teaching Artist Training is an important part of our mission. Increasing the number of trained teaching artists enhances and enriches the lives of Missourians, removing barriers for access to the arts and increasing opportunities for older adults to engage in evidence-based, professionally led, participatory arts programs. This program educates arts professionals in the field of creative aging and the specific positive impact cultural programs have on the intellectual, emotional, and physical health of older populations. Teaching Artists learn how to integrate their knowledge and expertise of their art modality and techniques in visual arts, poetry, and theater. AAKC serves as an educational resource for teaching artists trained in creative aging and care providers.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Older adults who participate in these programs will experience the following changes in attitude, knowledge and satisfaction;
  1. Be inspired with new or renewed creativity that will promote social interaction. This can especially be seen in participants that are living with dementia.
  2. Create art that helps promote feelings of pleasure, discovery and self expression. These are traits that many older adults and their care takers experience less in the absences of creative aging and arts program exposure.
  3. Inspire new artists with NO experience is required. Many participants discover a part of themselves that they never knew existed. This increases positive feelings and accomplishments that are shown to improve overall health and well being.
  4. Focus on the JOY of discovery in a FAILURE FREE environment. Aging populations often struggle with what is no longer possible. Our programs focus on what is positive and work with each individual to inspire them to what they CAN accomplish.
Long-Term Success
Americans are living longer, healthier lives. "Creative Aging" is the practice of engaging older adults (55+) in participatory, professionally run arts programs with a focus on social engagement and skills mastery. This movement is about providing opportunity for meaningful creative expression through visual, literary and performing arts workshops.
Program Success Monitored By
Success for this program is measured in several ways. We survey care takers, teaching artists and participants and their family members when possible. The primary marker of success is the completion of the art project and in the changed attitude and disposition of participants.
Examples of Program Success
The culminating activity of the Pilot Workshop was a reception for our artists. Our intent was to provide them with the opportunity to show their work and socialize with other residents. It was much more. Over fifty people came to the event. Not only residents but family friends and members of the community. Our artists greatly appreciated the admiration they received. I overheard comments such as “when I grow up I am going to be an artists like my Grandma” (Grandma smiling in the background), “This one is going to be framed and it will stay in the family.” “This is so good for Mom. It gets her out of her room.”
Description
Dancing with Crow’s-Feet-© highlights the many ways creativity positively impacts physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of aging for older adults. This project facilitates the exploration of the historical, critical, and theoretical approaches to aging through the arts. Self-revelatory Theater is used to uncover ageism and celebrate the beauty of aging. Dancing with Crow’s-Feet© places the real-life stories of women “center-stage” asserting their beauty and celebrates it.
Seven Stages, Seven Stories is an original performance piece inspired by life stories of caregivers and persons living with dementia and memory loss written and directed by Debra Campbell.  It was launched as a collaboration between the Alzheimer's Association Heart of America Chapter.  It premiered in the 2015 KC Fringe Festival and was recognized as Best of Show. AAKC presented it in Washington DC at the first global conference on creative aging.  
Veterans Living Portraits performance helps to bring to life stories of Veteran’s. Many find it therapeutic to find a way to remember and honor their stories. Families and audiences see their loved one in a way they had not previously. The experience is transformative to participants, family and audience members.
Unraveling Age is a series of workshops are designed to dispel myths and stereotypes about what it means to age and be an older person. They encourage a meaningful exchange between young and old. Students also have an opportunity to come face-to-face with their future selves. The Unraveling Age Project is a fun way to address ageism.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Project and Program participates often experience changes in behavior, attitude, condition, knowledge, and satisfaction.
Participants are inspired with new or renewed creativity, promoting social interaction. Families, participants, and audience members gain a more broad understanding of the aging experience. Performances help to educate and dispel false narratives and stereotypes about aging.
Creating art helps promote feelings of pleasure, discovery and self expression. Research shows that these are vital elements for good heal and wellbeing of people over 55. Those in creative ageing programs live longer, take less medication, and have a better overall quality of life.
Many program participants had little to no arts background. The discover new talents for acting, writing, paining and other art forms, discovering a part of themselves that they never knew existed.
Our programs focus on what is positive and work with each individual to inspire them to what they CAN accomplish.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate goal for these programs is to promote better health and wellness for older adults through participatory arts experiences. The intention is to destigmatize aging, educing ageism, and promote understanding and appreciation for life at different stages.  
 
 
Program Success Monitored By Success for this program is measured in several ways. We survey care takers, teaching artists and participants and their family members when possible. The primary marker of success is the completion of the art project and in the changed attitude and disposition of participants.
Examples of Program Success
As a result of the success of Dancing with Crow’s-Feet-© The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics is featuring the Dancing with Crow’s-Feet-© project during the Bi-Annual conference, July 23 to 27, 2017 in San Francisco, California. AAKC is the only Midwest organization asked to perform on the Age Stage for the conference.
Description Dancing With Crows Feet
Program Budget $12,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Numerous requests for Crows Feet Workshops.
Long-Term Success Program is evolving into 2018.
Program Success Monitored By The program is monitored by Artistic Director Debra Campbell under the leadership of Deborah Theiss.
Examples of Program Success
Dancing With Crows Feet premiered in the 2016 KC Fringe Festival and received Best of Show recognition.
AAKC was invited to perform it at the 2017 International Congress on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine in San Francisco as part of the Age Stage.  This is the most prestigious, research-focused global aging congress and it only convenes every four years.  It attracts over 8,000 professionals in the field of aging from around the world. The 2017 Congress was the first time that arts and humanities was showcased as vital to health and wellness across the lifespan.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Debra Campbell
Term Start June 2014
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 60
Paid Contractors 8
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 1
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 Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Collaborations
Arts & AGEing KC has collaborated with many community organizations since 2014.  These collaborations vary according to program, focus and population reached.  Below is a list of groups we have worked with.
  • Keeler Women's Center 
  • Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
  • Hebrew Academy
  • Heritage Center at the Jewish Community Center
  • Phoenix Family 
  • Veterans Voices Writing Project 
  • Freedom's Frontier Heritage Area
  • Black Archives of Mid-America
  • Guadalupe Center
  • Don Bosco Senior Center
  • Palmer Senior Center 
  • Benedictine College
  • Johnson County Public Library
  • Mid-America Regional Council - Communities for All Ages
  • Generation Exchange
  • Epsten Art Gallery
  • Teens in Transition
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • KU Alzheimer's Disease Center
  • Clay County Senior Services
  • Parkville YMCA
  • Swope Ridge Gardens 
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Highlighted Nonprofit Northland Professionals in Aging2016
Age Stage Performance at Global Congress on Gerontology and Geriatric MedicineNational Center for Creative Aging2017
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Michelle Brown
Company Affiliation Mid-America Regional Council - Department of Aging Serives
Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Michelle Brown Mid-America Regional Council - Dept. of Aging
Mr. GK Callahan MU Extension
Dr. Martin Cunningham Community Volunteer
Ms. Vernita McMurtrey Contemplace Nonprofit Organization
Ms. Lynda Shapiro Community Volunteer
Ms. Deborah Theiss Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
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%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Volunteer
Marketing
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $40,000
Projected Expenses $40,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$18,474$9,328--
Administration Expense$0$0--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.231.02--
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$5,477$1,209--
Current Assets$4,404$1,209--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$150$150--
Total Net Assets$5,327$1,059--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities29.368.06--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%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
We've received funding in 2017 from the following:
  • Truman Heartland Community Foundation
  • Clay County Senior Services
  • Northland Professionals in Aging
  • Goodcents Foundation
  • Kelly Family Foundation
  • ArtsKC
  • Missouri Arts Council
  • Freedom Frontier Historic Foundation 
Organization Name Arts & AGEing KC, Inc.
Address 420 NW Briarcliff Pkwy
Kansas City , MO 64116
Primary Phone (816) 835-6734
Contact Email info@ArtsandAGEingKC.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Debra Campbell
Board Chair Ms. Michelle Brown
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mid-America Regional Council - Department of Aging Serives
Year of Incorporation 2014
Former Names
Kansas City Senior Theatre