Arts & AGEing KC, Inc.
PO Box 165303
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 MU Extension, Grandfamilies Program
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Former Names
Kansas City Senior Theatre
Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Our generous volunteers and donors make Arts & AGEing KC programs possible. You may donate online at www.artsandageingkc.org) or mail a check to Arts and AGEing KC, P.O. Box 165303, Kansas City, MO 64116. If you would like to volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, info@artsandageingkc.org for information.

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
  • Arts & AGEing KC was invited to Singapore by the Agency for Integrated Care for a three-week period to conduct immersive and experiential arts programs and creative aging workshops with over 100 residents from seven different nursing homes across Singapore. During this time, AAKC provided training for professional caregivers on the design, development and implementation of creative aging programs for vulnerable elders. The immersive arts workshops culminated with a performance of Flights to Remember, an original self revelatory play inspired by life stories of nursing home residents in Singapore and their caregivers.  The play was written and directed by AAKC Executive Director Debra Campbell. The entire project empowered diverse older adults, giving voice to their experiences.  Arts & AGEing worked with the Agency for Integrated Care to bring residents from the nursing homes along with a children's orchestra and ensemble to the stage to perform to an audience of over 1700 conference attendees, health care professionals and delegates from seven different countries. The play served as the Opening Ceremony and kick-off for the Southeast Asia 2018 Global Conference on Integrated Care.  
  • Arts & AGEing KC provided the first in an ongoing series of educational workshops focused on dementia-inclusive and caregiver-friendly programming in museums and libraries. This initial workshop was funded through Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. 
  • Arts & AGEing KC developed a comprehensive Creative Aging and Teaching Artists Training curriculum that was made possible through funding from the Missouri Arts Council and Francis Family Foundation.
  • 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
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative
While the mojority of AAKC programming takes place throught the greater KAnsas City metro, we are also making more efforts to reach into rural communities, working with the Missouri Insitute on Monority Aging. 
 
We have also taken programming beyond the region  - to Washington DC, San Francisco and even Singapore, but this was done to demonstrate the quality of work we want to establish locally. 
Programs
Description As a CONNECTOR, Arts & AGEing KC facilitates partnerships and provides leadership in demonstrating models for best practice Intergenerational arts programming adoptable by others.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Draft
Long-Term Success
Draft
Program Success Monitored By Draft
Examples of Program Success Draft
Description As a CONNECTOR, Arts & AGEing KC Facilitate partnerships and provide leadership in demonstrating models for best practice dementia arts programming adoptable by others.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Draft
Long-Term Success
Draft
Program Success Monitored By Draft
Examples of Program Success

Beginning with the performance of Seven Stages Seven Stories in the 2015 KC Fringe Festival, AAKC has worked with the KU Alzheimer’s Research Center to conduct studies on the impact of performing arts on the education of the community regarding caregiving and dementia. The researchers surveyed audience members--and their findings were significant. The study, The Impact of Creative Arts in Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Public Health Education, was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Vol 63 (2018), and the researchers continue to survey our audiences for additional research. AAKC continues to explore ways to work with the Research Center with a unique focus on using the arts to raise public awareness about dementia and to research the impact of arts programming on brain health as an important part of reducing risk of Alzheimer’s. An extension of this research will be AAKC’s involvement with the Research Center through their LEAP! Program and working with the KU Gerontology Department in Lawrence.

Description As a CATALYST, Arts & AGEing KC will Educate the community and raise awareness about artful aging.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Seniors' Rights
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Draft
Long-Term Success Draft
Program Success Monitored By Draft   
Examples of Program Success Draft
Description CONVENER: AAKC brings stakeholders together from different sectors to facilitate conversations around the health benefits of participatory, professionally led arts programming for older adults.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists-in-Residence
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Examples of Program Success Draft
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Debra Campbell
Term Start June 2014
Experience

Deb Campbell is an entrepreneur with more than thirty- five years combined experience in the fields of social gerontology and theatre education that led her to start Kansas City Senior Theatre in 2014, which then became Arts & AGEing KC. She is a visionary that has taken a rich work history that includes assisted living communities, drama studios and high school theatre education and melded them into unique intergeneration creative aging experiences.

Deb’s passion for theatre arts runs deep—an accomplished playwright, herself, Deb has been writing, directing and producing original plays for intergenerational casts since 1996, specializing in original self‐revelatory theatre that gives voice to lived experiences of older adults and focuses on issues relevant to aging. Two plays—Seven Stages, Seven Stories, and Dancing With Crow’s Feet—received ‘Best of Show’ recognition in Kansas City Fringe Festivals went on to perform at a national level.

She has a Masters of Science in Social Gerontology, she has completed professional training as a Registered Drama Therapist, trained as a Clay County Aging Mastery through the National Council on Aging, and is a graduate of the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac Entrepreneurial program. Deb is active with several aging and theatre groups and is a sought-after presenter on the topics of aging services and health care. She is also an adjunct instructor in the Sociology Department at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO Experience
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 8
Volunteers 42
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
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 more than 100 community organizations since 2014, including nursing centers, libraries, community centers arts agencies, corporations and municipalities. These collaborations vary according to program, focus and population reached. Below is a partial list of some of our key collaborators.

  • Nelson Atkins
  • KU Alzheimer's Disease Center
  • Heart of America Alzheimer's Disease Association
  • KC Museum
  • KC Parks & Recreation
  • Clay County Senior Services
  • JOCO Public Library
  • Black Archives of Mid-America
  • Teens in Transition
  • Keeler Women's Center
  • McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff
  • Tutera Senior Living
  • Epsten Gallery
  • Hebrew Academy
  • Phoenix Family
  • 1929 Shawnee Town Museum
  • Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2018
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Performance at Opening CeremonyGlobal Conference on Integrated Care in Singapore2018
Invited to perform "Dancing With Crows Feet" at annual conferenceNorth American Drama Therapy Association2018
Age Stage Performance at Global Congress on Gerontology and Geriatric MedicineNational Center for Creative Aging2017
Partner for Wishes for the World ProjectHallmark Corporation2017
"Welcome Blanket" project exhibitedSmart Museum of Art, Chocago2017
Presented "Seven Stages Seven Stories"Global Conference of Creative Aging2016
Highlighted NonprofitNorthland Professionals in Aging2016
Best of Show - "Dancing With Crows Feet"KC Fringe Festival2016
Best of Show - "Seven Stages Seven Stories"KC Fringe Festival2015
CEO Comments AAKC is committed to increasing the professionalism and strategic direction of the organization, and as such has contracted with David Ross, who has a wealth of nonprofit knowledge, to help development business strategies to advance AAKC through earned income, sponsorships, and board development. We meet every two weeks and he has proven to be key connector for the organization and has helped the me hone in on the most sustainable strategies for organizational growth for AAKC.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Michelle Brown
Company Affiliation MU Extension, Grandfamilies Program
Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Michelle BrownMU Extension, Grandfamilies Program
Mr. GK CallahanClay County University of Missouri Extension
Ms. Lynda ShapiroCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Deborah TheissUniversity of Central Missouri
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
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
CEO Comments

As a newer organization, AAKC has gone through some “growing pains” in board development. Sizing out what the organization really needs from the board at each stage has been challenging. With the need to develop our strategic direction and program focus and now the even greater need to establish financial stability, identifying the right board members is more critical now than ever before.

We have employed the services of David Ross - who has over 40 years experience working with nonprofits – to help develop the strategic direction for the organization, and to identify board development goals.

In addition, we have engaged the services of Support KC to proactively build our ideal board of directors. The main focus for our board at this time will be development and fundraising, though we are looking for members of all skill sets, including nonprofit leadership, financial, legal, marketing, etc.

Through our work with support KC, we will come up with board job descriptions, expectations and a better vetting process for board members to make sure those that step in are truly committed to the organization and moving it forward. We will work on developing a diverse board that not only represents our constituents, but also the community as a whole.

Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $106,000
Projected Expenses $106,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$23,611$18,474$9,328
Administration Expense$8,873$0$0
Fundraising Expense$3,607$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.311.231.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses65%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$5,477$1,209
Current Assets$0$4,404$1,209
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$150$150
Total Net Assets$0$5,327$1,059
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--29.368.06
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
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
Other Documents
Organization Name Arts & AGEing KC, Inc.
Address PO Box 165303
Kansas City, MO 64116
Primary Phone (816) 835-6734
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Debra Campbell
Board Chair Ms. Michelle Brown
Board Chair Company Affiliation MU Extension, Grandfamilies Program
Year of Incorporation 2014
Former Names
Kansas City Senior Theatre