Epsten Gallery Foundation
5500 West 123rd Street
Overland Park KS 66209-3193
Ellen Carey, "Dings and Shadows" (KCAI Alumni show)
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 266-8414
Mission Statement
The Epsten Gallery Foundation’s mission is to provide innovative programming and art exhibitions that engage, inspire and enlighten a diverse community through all stages of life, celebrating our common humanity through art. The mission is accomplished through the following:
 
  • Exhibitions: From presenting the work of some of the region’s finest artists to engaging visitors through contemporary art collections to collaborations with museums, the Epsten Gallery has become an essential part of the Kansas City art scene.
  • ARTicipation: ARTicipation was launched in 2012 to introduce an interactive, art-based workshop program in the Epsten. We produce an annual display of artwork produced by the residents we serve at Village Shalom. Artists also conduct studio time and workshops with residents, as well as outside community groups and individuals.
  • Art Therapy: The Art Therapists at the Epsten Gallery work directly with residents, one-on-one, to engage the individual in art-making practices to stimulate their senses and challenge them to access their emotions. Our professional Art Therapists also engage other senior communities in the greater metro area, and patients at Children's Mercy Hospital through a special partnership. 
  • Community Outreach: Epsten Gallery collaborates with artists, galleries and museums, schools, community organizations and others in a strategic effort to be inclusive and reach a diverse population of participants.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Heather Lustfeldt
Board Chair Mr. Bill Kort
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Equity Broker
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1991
Former Names
Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The Epsten Gallery Foundation’s mission is to provide innovative programming and art exhibitions that engage, inspire and enlighten a diverse community through all stages of life, celebrating our common humanity through art. The mission is accomplished through the following:
 
  • Exhibitions: From presenting the work of some of the region’s finest artists to engaging visitors through contemporary art collections to collaborations with museums, the Epsten Gallery has become an essential part of the Kansas City art scene.
  • ARTicipation: ARTicipation was launched in 2012 to introduce an interactive, art-based workshop program in the Epsten. We produce an annual display of artwork produced by the residents we serve at Village Shalom. Artists also conduct studio time and workshops with residents, as well as outside community groups and individuals.
  • Art Therapy: The Art Therapists at the Epsten Gallery work directly with residents, one-on-one, to engage the individual in art-making practices to stimulate their senses and challenge them to access their emotions. Our professional Art Therapists also engage other senior communities in the greater metro area, and patients at Children's Mercy Hospital through a special partnership. 
  • Community Outreach: Epsten Gallery collaborates with artists, galleries and museums, schools, community organizations and others in a strategic effort to be inclusive and reach a diverse population of participants.
Background Statement
Originally founded in 1991 as the Kansas City Jewish Museum Foundation, the Epsten Gallery is located in the center of Overland Park through a unique partnership with Village Shalom. The Gallery has created over 75 museum-quality exhibitions and related programs in its 14-year history. Because of its strategic location at the nationally recognized retirement community, it reaffirms the notion that there is a place for art in every stage of life and it provides the venue to connect communities and generations through the arts—families, children and older adults.
 
Since 2000, the Epsten Gallery has curated exhibitions that draw audiences from the community at large, while offering Village Shalom residents new opportunities for dialogue that promote and encourage enhanced quality of life. Linking art and aging is at the core of the Board’s vision of enriching lives and celebrating humanity through art and its mission of staging innovative art exhibitions and related programming that engages all ages.
 
Art therapy was launched in 2012 to introduce an interactive, art therapy-based workshop program and an annual display of resident artwork.
 
For many older adults art is a lifelong passion; for others, art is an avocation that they never had the time to pursue until later in life. Regardless of the situation, having an art program in a community can contribute substantially to the overall quality of life of the residents.
 
A May 24, 2013 article in the National Jewish Daily Forward identified ARTicipation as one of “seven innovative aging programs nationally changing the aging experience.”
 
Attendance at Epsten Gallery has grown to more than 9,100 visitors each year. Enhanced programming nourishes engaging conversations around art as it builds and strengthens relationships among those who participate. The staff plans exhibitions with intergenerational audiences at the core, opportunities to provide a bridge between youth and older adults.
 
The Gallery continually looks for partnerships throughout metropolitan Kansas City. In 2011 Between Thee and Me was presented through collaboration with Rockhurst University and resulted in an exhibition merging Jewish and Christian themes.
 
The Epsten Gallery staff and board members are fully committed and have the capability of making this institution a national model for enriching intergenerational populations through art.
  
 
Impact Statement
Accomplishments from Previous Year:
 
  1. We have been able to host museum-quality exhibitions four times a year and, at the same time, conduct Art Therapy sessions with older adults and children both on our campus and in other locations. 
  2. We have instituted the Donor Perfect program to track our donors, and hired a part time administrator to assist with donor solicitations and grant work. 
  3. Our Art Therapy program has expanded from serving only Village Shalom residents to serving those residents as well as residents in two other senior living locations and Children's Mercy Hospital. This expansion has been made possible by generous donations and grants.
  4. The Epsten Gallery hosted part of the national ceramic convention in Kansas City (NCECA), in conjunction with with a ceramic exhibit. 
 
Goals for Current Year:
 
  1. Continue to expand Art Therapy program by including more community partners, of all ages. 
  2. Hire an additional Art Therapist to assist with expanding workload.
  3. Expand partnerships for intergenerational programming and exhibitions focused on socially engaged art trends in contemporary programs for older adult community. 
  4. Expand summertime art camps for youth and adolescents. 
Needs Statement
  1. Funding goals include the hiring of an additional Art Therapist at a rate of $50-$60 per hour. Supplies would be an additional cost above the hourly rate.
  2. Funding is also needed to expand the amount and type of summer art programming for youth in camps who come to the Epsten Gallery. We would like to include a quarterly art newsletter targeted towards schools and art educators.
  3. Continue to create a more dynamic and interactive website; continually adding gallery programming to site.
  4. Increase our patron base and membership to include younger members and more business and medical professionals. 
Service Categories
Arts & Culture
Adult Education
Single Organization Support
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Through contemporary art exhibitions featuring regional, national and international artists and art therapy programs and services, the Epsten Gallery provides audiences exposure to ideas and experiences that extend community conversations, social engagement and opportunities for youth and adults of all ages and abilities. At the same time, the Gallery provides a range of creative and professional development opportunities for artists and art therapists through exhibitions, interactive collaborations and experiences with a wide-ranging audience, including a community of older adults residing at Village Shalom.
 
As a small, not-for-profit arts organization, the Epsten Gallery is challenged by a limited budget, a small staff and a myriad of project potential with limited time and space with which to achieve the high level of programming that defines the organization.
 
These challenges are being addressed with plans to expand membership, donors and grant opportunities to increase revenue and develop our website to increase public awareness and digital access to Epsten Gallery programs. The creation of a monthly online newsletter emailed to members and located on the Epsten Gallery website homepage will inform members and the general public about current exhibitions, projects, art therapy activities, community workshops, artists and the people who benefit from Epsten Gallery programs.
 
The Epsten Board of Directors is increasing engagement through focused committees to support staff development, programming, marketing, technological advancement and fundraising.
 
Epsten Gallery has the capacity to facilitate a sense of communal awareness among generations of participants and artists and serve as a conduit for at-risk youth, adults with special needs, including dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease through intergenerational engagement.
 
Programs
Description

 

The Epsten Gallery presents 4 to 5 exhibitions annually, each with a unique focus and message. A look at the history of Epsten Gallery exhibitions offers a glimpse into a myriad of provocative opportunities for conversation, exploration and reflection.
 
Free workshops open to the community throughout the year have brought a diverse mix of people of all ages and backgrounds to the Epsten Gallery. Family centered sessions are offered once a month, an opportunity for residents and guests to be creative and discover talents they never knew they had. Guest speakers, demonstrations by local artists, and exhibits enliven the experience.
 
Recent exhibitions include: Fresh:KCAI Alumni, a multi-media exhibition featuring 13 artists;  Continuous Exchange featuring site-specific installations of 3 ceramic sculpture artists; Looking at After: Four Contemporary Artists Reflect on Legacy was presented in conjunction with A Creative Spark: The Art of Anna Ilona Gondos explored the extraordinary power of art as a means of communication, resilience and sustenance for the human heart, mind and spirit.

 

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museum Audience Services
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
Even though most images from an artist are available on the internet, artists and galleries know that art must be experienced in person to truly get a sense of its magnitude. By looking at a work of art, participants learn about the artist, values and beliefs that produced it. Often art holds clues to life to be pondered and shared with others. Art can be compared providing different perspectives and a way of looking at experiences and people. Older adults, in particular, gather knowledge and inspiration that contributes to how they feel and view the world.
 
 
Group tours provide opportunities for participants to speak freely about observations concerning a range of topics inspired by the artwork. These exchanges promote confidence amongst participants who may have limited or advanced exposure to contemporary art. This engagement expands individual perspectives and knowledge while demystifying art and making it accessible for audiences of all ages and abilities.
Long-Term Success
Research indicates that older adults who participate in arts and cultural activities report higher overall health. The Epsten Gallery’s multi-faceted artistic and social success comes from intergenerational and multi-cultural programming. Dr. Gene Cohen, MD, PhD, author of The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life, asserts, “There is no denying the problems that accompany aging. But, what has been universally denied is the potential. The ultimate expression of potential is creativity.” It is Dr. Cohen’s groundbreaking research that found a direct link between creative expression and healthy aging: Providing a sense of control; reducing depression and anxiety; assisting in socialization; encouraging playfulness and a sense of humor; improving cognition; offering sensory stimulation; fostering a stronger sense of identity; increasing self-esteem; nurturing spirituality; and reducing boredom.
Program Success Monitored By
Determining and evaluating outcomes are essential in building and sustaining a gallery and intergenerational programs. Success for the Epsten Gallery is monitored by: written testimonials in exhibition notebooks, available for all visitors to sign and provide comments; surveys; evaluation from featured artists; attendance; feedback from collaborative organizers; comments, including “likes”, on the Epsten Gallery Facebook page and comments on the Epsten Gallery website; membership and donor engagement; press coverage, including reviews, publication of press releases and commentary by various news entities (KCUR radio, the Kansas City Star, Pitch Weekly, the Jewish Chronicle).
Examples of Program Success
In conjunction with the exhibition, (Re) Imagine, a group of Youth Core of Kansas City students assisted Village Shalom residents with cleaning storage areas, collecting recyclables then creating artworks from the materials. Residents participated in a group “critique” of these creations, providing mutual appreciation among the youth and the residents.
 
During Women to Watch 2015 (Women, Art & Nature), a group of adults with special needs from Johnson County Developmental Supports participated in a 90-minute discussion and exchange of ideas inspired by the art on view. Through repeat visits, the adults in this program have developed a sense familiarity with the Gallery and staff, enabling heightened conversation and verbal expression.
Description

 

In their book Expressive Arts with Elders, Weisberg and Elder quotes octogenarian sculptor Edna Eckert: “I think creative people are often long-lived because we are always re-inventing life; what we did yesterday, we create a new tomorrow. Inherent in this process is hope.”
 
ARTicipation introduces interactive, art therapy-based workshops and an annual display of resident artwork to more directly serve the residents and related audiences at Village Shalom. The goal is to enhance participants’ experience with the Epsten Gallery through an increased level of engagement.
 
Program Budget $200.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, ,
Short-Term Success
According to American Art Therapy Association, art can be a powerful activity for older adults. It promotes well-being at every age and helps older adults cope with complex age-related issues, including mental and physical illness or limitation, lifestyle transition, end-of-life decisions, grief, expression and communication. Art offers a unique opportunity to engage older adults in the creative process to facilitate communication manage emotions and engage in the process of life review.
 
Several studies show that art can reduce the depression and anxiety that are often symptomatic of chronic diseases. Other research demonstrates that the imagination and creativity of older adults can flourish in later life, helping them to realize unique, unlived potentials, even when suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. (Aging: What’s Art Got to Do with It? By Barbara Bagan, PhD)
Long-Term Success
The “graying” of America promises dramatic changes in the field of aging. One of the most profound changes is a new way of seeing older adults: moving from a “deficit” approach that stresses losses to an “asset” approach that stresses strengths, potential and achievements.
 
Current studies in the fields of art therapy, music therapy confirm that art can affect individuals in positive ways by inducing both psychological and physiological healing. Recent clinical research validates what some professionals and others who work with older adults have known for years—that making art is an essential, vital component of activities that offer a wide range of health benefits. Several studies show that art can reduce the depression and anxiety that are often symptomatic of chronic diseases. Other research demonstrates that the imagination and creativity of older adults can flourish in later life, helping them to realize unique, unlived potentials, even when suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
Program Success Monitored By
ARTicipation is evaluation by program staff, participants, art therapists and Epsten Gallery staff.
 
The emphasis is on process not product. Participants are encouraged and nurtured based on their unique level of self-awareness, mobility. Talent and experience is secondary. Goals are established individually: Some may have mobility issues from a fall, or stroke, and they will be guided to make larger scale paintings to get bodies moving again; some may be just social, making connections with others; some may work to feel comfortable in group settings.
Examples of Program Success
A resident in her late 50’s/early 60’s with quadriplegic spinal injury achieved a new level of personal exploration through painting with a brush in her mouth. At the same time it was an opportunity for someone to treat her in age appropriate ways.
 
A gentleman with dementia was hard to understand, and it was difficult to interact with him to assess needs and interests. He became very dependent on others’ assumptions of what he needed because he had no free will. Therapists coached him through process of making art, and he responded to all verbal cues/prompts. He also began to evaluate his work.
Description
The Epsten Gallery provides a comprehensive and systematic approach to providing art therapy services to Village Shalom residents and an outreach program for the general senior population. We have a professional art therapist on staff who conducts one-on-one sessions with residents in their own environments. We are serving Village Shalom, as well as two other senior facilities and Children's Mercy Hospital in a ground-breaking program for children.
 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, ,
Short-Term Success The short-term success is seen in every single art therapy session. In a year, our art therapist will see nearly 400 individuals during art therapy sessions. Accomplishments and breakthroughs can be as simple as agreeing to use an art medium, to expressing oneself in the midst of dementia. Families are often affected by the progress of communication and participation by a loved one. Art therapy is a connective activity for all involved. 
Long-Term Success Art therapy provides a therapeutic approach utilizing art as an expressive mode. The therapist and client discuss thoughts about memory, or general interests or hobbies. Then, specific materials are introduced geared toward the specific client. The creating of art is encouraged with the help of the professional. This leads to working through struggles or challenges the client may face. The success of this program is widespread. Clients in both the senior adult community and the children's community have been positively affected by the gentle care and consideration provided by the art therapist during the sessions. 
Program Success Monitored By We have received positive testimonials from clients, family members, and staff from the organizations we serve. Besides comments from people involved, we have been asked for expansion of the program, which we see as a positive review. 
Examples of Program Success We have letters on file of positive feedback. Other than that, it is hard to prove actual changes in behaviors. We see clients who are resistant to participation in art therapy, and these individuals come to love the weekly exposure to art and creating art. We also see clients with some level of dementia who are not able to completely communicate... but can express some emotions through art and different media. We also see family members who are grateful for breakthroughs in communication and understanding when an art therapy session is conducted with their loved one. 
CEO Comments


 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Heather Lustfeldt
Term Start Nov 2013
Experience Heather Lustfeldt, Curator/Executive Director, joined the Epsten Gallery staff in 2013. She has an MA in Art History from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a BA in Art from Illinois State University, Normal, IL. She is a curator, art historian, collection consultant, writer and educator. Professional experience includes nine years at H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Marcus Cain -
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 50
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Bill Kort
Company Affiliation Retired Equity Broker
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Email wkort2@kc.rr.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Greg Azorsky Community Volunteer
Mr. Peter Beren MISCO Industries
Ms. Betty Bikson Village Shalom Artist
Ms. Donna Gould Cohen Community Volunteer
Dr. Lloyd T. Dixon Optometrist, Discover Vision Center
Mr. Alan Edelman Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City
Mrs. Ginny Epsten Barstow School
Ms. Deborah Sue Glassberg Mattel, Inc.
Mr. Hanan Hammer CPA
Ms. Joan Horan DST Systems
Mrs. Ritchie Kaye Reece & Nichols Realtors
Mrs. Eileen Kershenbaum Occupational Therapist, self-employed
Mr. Michael Klein US Toy Company
Ms. Kim Klein Community Volunteer
Mr. Bill Kort Retired, Wells Fargo Securities
Mr. Mike Lyon Artist
Mr. James Martin Curator & Independent Arts Consultant
Mr. Hugh Merrill Artist
Mr. Leslie Keith Rosenfeld Lawyer/Shareholder, Kusnetzky, Schwartz, Rosenfeld, Sailler & Lila
Mr. Steve Rothstein Michael's Construction Company
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Executive
Nominating
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Robert Epsten retired
Ms. Eileen Garry retired
Ms. Lynn Intrater community volunteer
Ms. Sybil Kahn community volunteer
Mrs. Regina Kort community volunteer
Mr. Larry Meeker retired
Ms. Irma Starr community volunteer
Mrs. Shirley White community volunteer
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $173,100
Projected Expenses $172,100
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.  
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$136,595$172,618$150,824
Administration Expense$16,025$16,273$18,304
Fundraising Expense$5,229$5,425$5,767
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.511.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%89%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%2%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$315,109$300,212$185,937
Current Assets$42,733$113,051$34,891
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,690$1,544$0
Total Net Assets$312,419$298,668$185,937
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities15.8973.22--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
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 Name Epsten Gallery Foundation
Address 5500 West 123rd Street
Overland Park, KS 662093193
Primary Phone (913) 266-8414
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Heather Lustfeldt
Board Chair Mr. Bill Kort
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Equity Broker
Year of Incorporation 1991
Former Names
Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art