Arts Council of Johnson County
8788 Metcalf
Suite 2500
Overland Park KS 66212
2013 Shooting Stars Gala
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 894-2720
Mission Statement
The Arts Council of Johnson County enhances the quality of life in the community by strengthen the arts.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sarah D. VanLanduyt
Board Chair Mr. Brian Williams
Board Chair Company Affiliation Good Samaritan Project
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1992
Former Names
Arts and Humanities Association of Johnson County
Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
There are several great ways to support the Arts Council of Johnson County and its initiatives including volunteering, in-kind donations and financial contributions.
Volunteer opportunities include: 
  • Shooting Stars: Volunteering for Audition/ Portfolio day, serving on the Shooting Stars Gala committee or volunteering at the Shooting Stars Gala.
  • smART Exchange: Volunteering for event set up
For more information about volunteer opportunities visit:
Additional in-kind needs include: computer and printers, food & beverage for events & programs, printing, graphic design, and rental space.
Contributions to the Arts Council of Johnson County can be made through our website or by calling 913-894-2720. 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The Arts Council of Johnson County enhances the quality of life in the community by strengthen the arts.
Background Statement

ACJC was established in 1992 to fill a gap in our local community: Johnson County needed an organization that could not only help strengthen the creative community but also serve as a connector between community leaders and the arts sector. Today we do so in 3 key ways: 

  1. Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations: We help artists and arts organizations to collaborate, build relationships with diverse populations, create inclusive programming, and develop new audiences. Our new workshop series for high school artists covers portfolio development and audition preparation so that students can transform their artistic passions into careers in the creative industries, and our ongoing Shooting Stars program helps students pursue their art at the college level.

  2. Integrating Creativity & Community: Our smART Exchange forums engage audiences in public dialogue about the arts in our community, such as the benefits of integrated arts education and the connection between arts and healthcare. Our new Public Art Digital Catalog helps community members locate, visit, and study public art throughout the county.

  3. Community Engagement: By conducting and disseminating research on the link between arts participation and economic growth, ACJC helps community leaders understand how a diverse and vibrant arts sector benefits workforce development, neighborhood vitality, and business and resident retention.
Impact Statement

More than an advocate for the Arts, The Arts Council of Johnson County is dedicated to the enrichment of our community through the Arts. Some of our previous work includes developing the Arts Business Plan, a road map for arts/cultural development in Johnson County, acting as lead advocate for Johnson County’s One Percent for Public Art Program which was adopted as a County policy in 2006, and partnering with ArtsKC and the Kansas City Area Development Council on the America's Creative Crossroads campaign. 

Much of ACJC's focus remains on serving as a central hub of information, a connector among its different constituencies, and a link between the arts community and local and regional resources. Moreover, in many regards ACJC serves Johnson County as an Office of Cultural Affairs; meeting the unique cultural needs of its locale and fostering an environment in which arts, artists, and arts organizations can flourish.  
Some of ACJC's most recent major accomplishments include being awarded an NEA grant for a new artist in residence program at the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, smART exchange, a roundtable discussion that explores how arts and non-arts fields can work together to address community needs; the creation of a new internship program, and the growth of ACJC as a resource for professional development, fundraising, partnership and advocacy for the cultural sector. 
Goals for 2018 include sustaining the newly established marketing and social media internship; implementing the new Johnson County Public Art Digital Catalog, focusing on art and health for smART Exchange 2018, and supporting high school students as they pursue degrees and careers in the creative arts.
Needs Statement

The Arts Council of Johnson County's most pressing needs include support for capacity building and initiatives. 

More specifically:
  • Financial support for capacity building, including sustaining and growing ACJC's internship program and professional development support for staff.
  • Digital storytellers to help share the impact and value of the arts in suburban Johnson County.
  • Partners for 2019 smART Exchange series focusing on arts and community health
  • Partners and sponsors for the Shooting Stars Recognition and Scholarship Program
Service Categories
Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies
Management & Technical Assistance
Citizen Participation
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Arts Council of Johnson County recently transition into a new governance structure: A 7-member Governing Board and a growing Advisory Board. Standing Governing Board committees include Finance, Nominating and Executive as well as the creation of a new Resource Development sub-committee.   In doing so, ACJC remains nimble and readily able to address community needs as they arise while also carrying out it's mission by providing resources to artists and arts organizations, integrating creativity into community and focusing on community engagement. 

Celebrating emerging artists. The Shooting Stars Program is one of a few programs in the community to honor high school students and their arts educators for artistic excellence in Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Nominated by their high school arts teachers, Finalists audition or submit a portfolio of work for review by independent judges. All participating teachers and students are honored and scholarship recipients announced at the Annual Shooting Stars Gala in the Spring. Since its creation the Shooting Stars Program has recognized 1,000 high school seniors and awarded over $250,000 in college scholarships and almost $65,000 in teacher honorariums. 

Program Budget $50,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Other Named Groups
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The annual Shooting Stars event will recognize the achievements of approximately 100 high school artists and nine teachers. The event will generate $22,000 for scholarships for outstanding seniors and awards for outstanding teachers. It will also provide an arts college/ career readiness workshop for 11th and 12th grade artists.
Long-Term Success Increase the skills and augment the credentials of young Johnson County artists – as these artists develop, they more likely will call Johnson County home, launch their careers and enhance their skills.
Program Success Monitored By Shooting Stars program success is monitored by number of high schools and high school students participating. Since 2010, the goal has been to engage at least 20 high schools each year and at least 100 students. Additional metrics include fundraising totals ($50,000), and the addition of new educational components like the college/ career workshop. 
Examples of Program Success Scholarship winners are developing their skills in professional and academic settings throughout the country. New students are also receiving support from Shooting Stars through educational workshops and there is a greater spotlight locally on the impact arts education can have on future professionals in the creative industries.
Description smART exchanges are opportunities to explore topics relevant to our regional and local arts communities and to connect creative individuals of all genres with each other and other professionals. Topics will have a wide range from convening to convening but each individual exchange will explore a specific theme, seek good debate, promote exploration and yield results that are not always predictable.
Program Budget $7,500.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Other Named Groups
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Since the program's start in 2013, smART Exchange has supported the Johnson County Public Art Master Plan, Kansas Alliance for Arts in Education's statewide A+ School initiative, brought awareness to art therapy services and programs for individuals with cognitive challenges and their caregivers and neighborhood revitalization through local food systems and most recently initiative new arts programming designed to integrate veterans and civilians at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. This fall ACJC with After Action Network and JCPRD will host a roundtable discussion exploring how the arts are a creative outlet for veterans, support well-being and are a viable career option post-service.
Long-Term Success
The public and policy makers will have a better understanding of how the arts are integrated with other fields; providing support for community development, education, mental health and career development and impacting positive change for our community.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is primarily monitored by attendance as well as adoption of new policies and programs after the smART Exchange event. Recently, ACJC has also implemented a new evaluation form. The evaluation gauges attendees' understanding of the information presented, whether or not guests would attend another smART Exchange and their overall satisfaction with the program.
Examples of Program Success The 2018 smART Exchange is yet to happen and will explore the arts in veterans services. However this year's program has already supported new collaborations between the Arts Council of Johnson County, Johnson County Park & Recreation and After Action Network. Together we've designed arts classes at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center to bring civilians and veterans together while learning photography, mixed media or color theory.  Classes will be free for veteran participants. A veteran art exhibition will open this spring and include veteran artists talks and gallery guides. 

An initiative of the Arts Council of Johnson County and established as a cooperative marketing group in the early 2000s, Arts JoCo has since transformed and expanded its purpose. In 2014, with membership feedback, Arts JoCo shifted its focus to not only include shared marketing opportunities but also networking, advocacy, resource sharing and peer-led professional development.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Short term success includes a more connected Johnson County cultural sector and audience development.
This year Arts JoCo is focusing on what to expect from recent tax reform policy, creative team building, and grant writing.  The program calendar for the year is organized by the Arts JoCo task force with member feedback. Task Force members are identifying contacts they have who can lead one hour professional development sessions.
Long-Term Success

Over the last two years the group has concentrated on methods for audience development, increasing program partnerships and connecting with artists for programs and exhibitions. With the ultimate goal of strengthening Johnson County and the Metro’s cultural sector while also strengthening individual organizations by connecting them with resources, expertise and program partners. In short for the last two years this 30 member group has concentrated on:


  • Networking with peers
  • Resource & idea sharing
  • Advocacy updates
  • Part of a collective group of organizations who value arts and culture in our community
  • Identifying potential partnerships among and between organizations who attend Arts Jo Co meetings


Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored by the Task Force a subcommittee of Arts JoCo members who represent private nonprofit, public agency, small and large organizations. Agendas and topic discussions are ultimately guided by member feedback.
Examples of Program Success Last year much of Arts JoCo's work focused on identifying member needs and opportunities as a way to foster more program partnerships. One of the most successful results of those discussions was a partnership between the Barn Players, Johnson County Library and InterUrban ArtHouse.
CEO Comments

Established in 1992, the Arts and Humanities Association of Johnson County (original name) was formed as a nonprofit agency to serve Johnson County. In 2003, the agency developed the Suburban Arts Business Plan, changing the organization's name to the Arts Council of Johnson County. Focusing on arts advocacy, ACJC introduced a series of Arts & Economic Development Symposiums specifically to educate the metropolitan region's business, political and arts leaders about the arts' significant contribution to quality of life, economic and cultural development. The Symposiums explored topics such as public funding for the arts; a County sponsored 1% for public art program, which was adopted as a Johnson County policy in 2006; and a museum & policy center for suburban studies. 

In 2010, the Arts Council of Johnson County held a series of forums with the arts sector to gain a better understanding of how to support their work in the community and to learn about their concerns and challenges within the current economic and political climate. From those conversations four general trends emerged that remain relevant today: a need for a central source for arts related information; a desire to share resources and ideas; a need to create a sense of community within the suburban arts sector; and the desire to better connect with urban/regional counterparts. In 2011, ACJC underwent rebranding and reimagining to better align its look, feel, and initiatives with community needs and constituency demographics.
While still working to raise the arts profile of Johnson County and the Kansas City region, ACJC serves Johnson County residents today as an office of cultural affairs. Fulfilling an important need for the Johnson County community, ACJC works on behalf of the arts sector as an intermediary organization; advocating for the arts, providing elected leadership with arts research to help inform and shape policy decisions, opening the doors for communication and cooperation for regional projects like the One ArtsKC Regional Cultural Plan; and connecting the county’s cultural community to the arts services they need to be successful including peer learning opportunities, professional development, and resource development tools. The Arts Council of Johnson County not only meets the unique cultural needs of its community; fostering an environment in which arts, artists and arts organizations can flourish but it’s also a vital regional partner in Kansas City creative sector.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Sarah D. VanLanduyt
Term Start Sept 2008

Sarah VanLanduyt is Executive Director of The Arts Council of Johnson County (ACJC), a position she has held since September 2008. Prior to joining ACJC, Sarah served as Program Manager for Organizational Support at the Kansas Arts Commission (KAC). While at the KAC much of Sarah’s work focused on providing technical assistance and coordinating professional development workshops for arts & cultural organizations, developing the statewide Kansas Arts Leadership Network and managing the Arts-in-Communities and Arts Infrastructure Support grant programs. Previous to her work in Kansas, she served as Education Program Coordinator and then Executive Director for the Manitowoc County Historical Society in Wisconsin.

Sarah received an M.A. in museum administration from Eastern Illinois University in 2002 and a B.A. in history from Baker University in 2000. Throughout her professional career Sarah has served on state and national advisory committees including the Wisconsin Historical Society Department of School Services Advisory Committee and the American Association for State and Local History’s Field Services Alliance. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for KCMetropolis and the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. She is also an advisory board member for the University of St. Mary’s Business Department and recently joined the County Arts Network steering committee for Americans for the Arts.

Senior Staff
Title Administrative Assistant
Experience/Biography Alyson Germinder has a Master’s degree in Theatre with an emphasis in dramaturgy. Germinder previously worked for Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Unicorn Theatre. Through her role as dramaturg for both these organizations, she assisted with programming and preparing research materials to present to the audience and company. For the past four years, she has actively worked to make the world of both new and classic plays more accessible.
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 40
Retention Rate 100%
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 N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations are a key to the Arts Council of Johnson County's success.
Standing partnerships include the Arts JoCo Marketing Co-op, a 16 member marketing cooperative and advocacy roundtable for Johnson County arts organizations.    
Additional significant collaborations include smART exchange and the InterUrban ArtHouse.  smART exchange is curated by a steering committee that includes the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Museum, the Lawrence Arts Center, the Spencer Museum of Art and Charlotte Street Foundation.  ACJC is a partner for the InterUrban ArtHouse's professional and small business development workshops and its community-based arts programs. 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments One of the benefits of the Arts Council of Johnson County's size is its ability to quickly respond to changing community and constituent needs. However, as ACJC continues to grow its outreach and advocacy planning as well as develop a strategic financial plan, limited staff will be a challenge. Over the course of the next year, ACJC will work as an organization to identify opportunities to bring in additional support through internships or possibly part time staff.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Brian Williams
Company Affiliation Good Samaritan Project
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Ms. Kate AllenJohnson County Community College Foundation
Mr. David AlpertBotwin Commerical Development
Ms. Abby BeckloffProgram Consultant
Ms. Sarah BishopLawrence Arts Center
Ms. Diane BotwinBotwin Real Estate
Ms. CJ CharbonneauIndependent Curator
Ms. Iveth JalinskyBamboo Consortium
Ms. Cherie JamisonReligion of Origin Healing
Ms. Mindi LoveJohnson County Museum
Mr. Josh PowersJohnson County Government
Ms. Debra SwearingenArvest Bank
Mr. Maury ThompsonJohnson County Government
Ms. Jennifer Wampler
Mr. Brian WilliamsKC Actors Theatre
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 99%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 1%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
CEO Comments
As outlined in the Program Performance Comments, the Arts Council of Johnson County is guided in part by the Arts Business Plan and its role as an advocate, connector, a central hub of arts information and a convener.  
The agency has also undertaken an organizational audit to clarify the role of the Board and staff as we move forward with the Initiative. As a result of the audit the role of the agency is to first be a community advocate and convener for the arts; and second offer programs and services as needed. In this context, the key role of the Board is governance, policy, oversight, fundraising and advocacy. The key role of the staff is to:
  1. Implement agency programs/services as outlined by the Board of Directors.
  2. Convene ad hoc committees or task groups as needed to assist staff in implementing programs/services.
  3. Work with the Board Committees--Executive, Finance, & Nominating.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $221,900
Projected Expenses $216,404
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$96,834$145,308$140,841
Administration Expense$109,660$39,476$38,857
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.900.870.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses47%79%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$228,341$246,773$267,328
Current Assets$227,885$220,157$251,965
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$8,095$7,559$4,774
Total Net Assets$220,246$239,214$262,554
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities28.1529.1352.78
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%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
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
The agency has worked over the last two years to stabilize and increase its general operating support. We have been particularly successful in increasing County funding which has increased from $17,500 in 2003 to $75,000 for 2006. For 2014 and 2015 our funding level is $100,000.  In 2010 (FY2011) ACJC lost significant general operating support from the Kansas Arts Commission. As a result the agency not only further streamlined its budget but it reaffirmed its commitment to identifying strategic financial partnerships. 
As the Arts Council grows its initiatives and services it will, as a board, work to develop and successfully execute a three-year critical plan (strategic planning/fund raising/resource development) that will including finding sustainable funding for general operations as well as program development (Shooting Stars and smART Exchange). Of immediate interest is agency capacity funding to help in the area of additional part time staffing and program development.
Other Documents
Organization Name Arts Council of Johnson County
Address 8788 Metcalf
Suite 2500
Overland Park, KS 66212
Primary Phone (913) 894-2720
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sarah D. VanLanduyt
Board Chair Mr. Brian Williams
Board Chair Company Affiliation Good Samaritan Project
Year of Incorporation 1992
Former Names
Arts and Humanities Association of Johnson County