Kansas City Artists Coalition
201 Wyandotte
Kansas City MO 64105-1747
Alejandro Thornton Opening Reception
Mission Statement
The Kansas City Artists Coalition's mission is to promote visual arts awareness in Kansas City and the surrounding region, and support the professional growth of artists. In support of our mission we:
 
  1. Foster a climate encouraging innovation and creativity among artists
  2. Support audiences in their quest for information about art and artists
  3. Utilize the collective initiative and creativity of artists for their own benefit and that of the community
  4. Provide a forum for contemporary art through our galleries, events, publications and website
  5. Champion the work of local artists and increase the viability of Kansas City as a place for artists to continue to live and work
  6. Spread the word about the vitality of the arts in Kansas City and the region,
  7. Encourage artists to go forward with their ambitious and innovative ideas
  8. Support artists’ work through exhibitions, publications, workshops and grants
  9. Promote the exchange of ideas among artists and their audience in our community and across the US and the world.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Janet Simpson
Board Chair Mr. Jefferson Blair
Board Chair Company Affiliation Artist
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1976
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The Kansas City Artists Coalition's mission is to promote visual arts awareness in Kansas City and the surrounding region, and support the professional growth of artists. In support of our mission we:
 
  1. Foster a climate encouraging innovation and creativity among artists
  2. Support audiences in their quest for information about art and artists
  3. Utilize the collective initiative and creativity of artists for their own benefit and that of the community
  4. Provide a forum for contemporary art through our galleries, events, publications and website
  5. Champion the work of local artists and increase the viability of Kansas City as a place for artists to continue to live and work
  6. Spread the word about the vitality of the arts in Kansas City and the region,
  7. Encourage artists to go forward with their ambitious and innovative ideas
  8. Support artists’ work through exhibitions, publications, workshops and grants
  9. Promote the exchange of ideas among artists and their audience in our community and across the US and the world.
Background Statement

 The Kansas City Artists Coalition was created to increase the appreciation and awareness of contemporary art and in doing so support artists’ work. In the mid-seventies, artists gathered in the studio of Philomene Bennett and Lou Marak. The meeting’s agenda was "How the Artist Can Benefit From Centralization."

 

Overwhelmingly the group felt a self-initiated organization was the only alternative to isolation, elitism, apathy, and ignorance. The ultimate result of that meeting was the formation of the Kansas City Artists Coalition. The organization's initial goal was to create a strong voice for the concerns of artists; however, it soon became clear that both artists and the community would be well served if we had our own space. In 1983 we opened Kansas City’s first alternative gallery at 7th and Central. We moved to our current gallery in the historic River Market in 1986.

 

The EXHIBITION SERIES concentrates on emerging artists' work with a special emphasis placed on local and regional artists. In 2011, we started the KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY AT THE ARTISTS COALITION. The mission of the residency is to bring artists from around the world together in order to build friendships and improve intercultural understanding. This project has increased the visibility of our community worldwide and brings a new dimension to the Kansas City arts scene.

 

These programs are in addition to the ongoing: Artists Workshop Series -- keeping artists up-to-date on career skills; KCAC publications that document the art and artists in our city; and our website www.kansascityartistscoalition.org – which provides information 24/7. Artists and the community embrace the Artists Coalition and acknowledge it as a valuable resource.

 

The lively Kansas City art community is supported by the Kansas City Artists Coalition’s encouragement and support of local artists and audience. Our programs and exhibitions have heightened awareness of contemporary art for nearly 40 years. Our plan is to build on our strength and continue to energize both our audience and artists by producing excellent exhibitions and programs.

 

Impact Statement

The Kansas City Artists Coalition pursues its goals of providing a forum for contemporary visual arts through our exhibitions and residency program. The Artists Coalition is an invaluable catalyst for the creative process; we foster a climate which encourages artists’ creativity and innovation. Our programs increase the viability of Kansas City as a place for artists to live and work and for art to be viewed and enjoyed.

 

THE EXHIBITION SERIES brings artists and audience together and are a significant part of our programming. Exhibitions focus on the artists' vision, giving the audience a unique interpretation of reality or a glimpse into an imagined world. KCAC exhibits international artists and artists working internationally to give viewers insight to art from other places in the world. Universal themes of the human condition are often addressed. Over 4,000 artists have been shown in 600 exhibitions since KCAC‘s began producing exhibitions.

 

THE KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY AT THE ARTISTS COALITION allows artists to stay for an extended period of time to create work in the studio. Artists who are serious about their intent and who have the ability to articulate a personal vision are eligible. Art is about communication and experiences. Our goals are to continue to support art in our community, increase the understanding of art and build an informed audience.

 

KCAC develops programs to encourage art patrons and viewers to develop a critical “eye,” engage in dialog with artists and learn about new developments and trends. The Artists Coalition compliments the local art museums and galleries by raising awareness of the contemporary art scene and promoting new art and artists.

 

Needs Statement
  1. Operating funds, $40,000
  2. The Exhibition Series $55,000
  3. The International Artists Residency Program, a program providing artists a supportive environment in which to further their creative development and build Kansas City’s thriving arts community into a global presence, increasing travel and commerce between Kansas City and the world  $50,000.
Service Categories
Visual Arts
Arts Services
Arts & Culture
Areas of Service
International
National
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
AR
IA
NE
OK
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Artists Coalition provides a unique opportunity for artists and collectors to experience what’s most up-to-date in the world of art. If you want access to local, national and global artists or information about art issues -- stop by our galleries, visit our website, or come to an opening, a program or special event. We have over one thousand members -- artists, art lovers and art supporters -- who know a great resource when they see one. The Artists Coalition treasures our local artists and makes sure they are exposed to the rest of the world through our many wonderful programs. We pride ourselves on discovering new artists who have gone on to later fame and in helping the community learn how to enjoy and appreciate new art. Our gallery location, in the River Market, puts us smack in the middle of a vibrant part of the Kansas City community. I invite you to stop in the galleries to see for yourself everything that the Artists Coalition has to offer.
Programs
Description

Contemporary visual artists are critical to our community's artistic heritage. This fundamental belief of the Kansas City Artists Coalition is why we support contemporary visual artists working in all mediums.

KCAC’s exhibitions explore the diversity of expression that shape contemporary culture, art, and ideas.

The Exhibition Series provides a forum for contemporary visual arts, to support artists and increase the viability of Kansas City as a place for artists to live and work, and to spread the word about the arts in Missouri and the region.

The Exhibition Series reflects our founding principle – to increase awareness of contemporary art and support artists’ work. This principle provides a great deal of freedom in selecting the artists that are shown. One exhibition could be described as “traditional” and another as “regional,” “experimental,” or “site specific” – the description is dependent on the artist exhibiting.

KCAC galleries are always free and easily accessible.

 

 

Program Budget $45,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Population Served General/Unspecified, Adults,
Short-Term Success Short term success is hitting the mark and getting every exhibition installed, promoted and ready for the audience. Since our founding we have produced over 600 exhibitions which included approximately 4000 artists. KCAC provides a venue for art innovative and experimental work, a space for local artists show, and for an audience to come to look and learn. Our success is providing that venue.
Long-Term Success The Artists Coalition began exhibition programming with the very clear aim to increase awareness of contemporary art and support artists work and in doing so enhance the viability of Kansas City as an art destination and as a place for artists to live and work. For nearly 40 years the Artists Coalition has been vigilant in pursuing this mission. We have provided an accessible venue for viewers and have worked especially diligently to provide exhibition opportunities for local and regional artists. Today knowledge and interest in local artists and contemporary art are at an all time high. The Artists Coalition has been a significant contributor to the thriving art community of Kansas City.
Program Success Monitored By Artists’ proposals, audience attendance and financial support are measures of the Exhibition Series success. We make an annual request for exhibition proposals and received an average of 60 portfolios to review for each available slot. Audience attendance is another factor, exhibitions attendance ranges between 500-1500 per exhibition. The Exhibition Series is supported by individual gifts and foundation grants, as well as the Missouri Arts Council.
Examples of Program Success Missouri Arts Council’s Visual Arts Panel made these comments regarding the Artists Coalition’s exhibitions: “Diversified themes, well ranged and selected. Nice diversity of subject matter. Fills an important need for artists. Artistic decision making is clearly linked with the organization’s mission. Great promotion of art and artists. Superior artists and exhibitions.” Artists Coalition received the prestigious Warhol Initiative Award for our programming. The community and our constituency support our professional exhibitions and their support has allowed the Artists Coalition to increase the programming from one gallery to three.  KCAC recently added a flex-space gallery that will be available to residency artists.
Description

KCAC's International Artists Residency brings artists from around the world together in order to build friendships and improve intercultural understanding. Our goals are to provide artists with a supportive environment, time, and a large studio space to create art that others in the Kansas City community will be able to view and/or learn from; to enrich the resident artists' experiences by encouraging travel and the importance of intercultural connections; to promote the value of exchanging ideas among artist peers. Open Studio days, lectures or panel discussions, as well as, interaction with local artists is encouraged.

 

The Residency offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development, providing time and space for artists to create substantive work.

 

The Residency supports 1) the creation of artwork by artists from around the world, 2) artists working various artistic disciplines, and 3) innovative forms of art-making.

 

Program Budget $60,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists-in-Residence
Population Served General/Unspecified, Adults,
Short-Term Success The Artists Residency Program will support artists who are hardworking and serious about their intent, who have proven themselves by solo exhibitions and who show the ability to articulate a personal vision. The program welcomes visual artists in all media.
Long-Term Success

The International Artists Residency benefits the community by positioning Kansas City as an international arts destination; by providing existing programs with a reliable and suitable location for their visiting artists to stay and work; by building Kansas City’s thriving visual arts community into a global presence, increasing travel and commerce between Kansas City and the world and fostering interaction between artists and the community through exhibitions, receptions, tours and workshops.

Program Success Monitored By Final reports and public presentations. Artists are asked to report on their expectations, accomplishments, and interaction with other artists and on what they found most challenging. They are also asked to evaluate the importance of international exchange in general, as well as, their specific project and experience in Kansas City.
Examples of Program Success  Artists who have visited Kansas City as part of The Lighton International Artists Exchange Program, A Project of The Kansas City Artists Coalition:

2002, Latvia/USA, Peteris Martinsons,

2005, Argentina/USA, Mariano Sardón,

2005, Germany/USA, Lars Wolter,

2007, Latvia/USA, Ilona Romule,

2007, Hungary/USA, Steve Mattison,

2008, Canada/USA, Paul Mathieu,

2009, Israel/USA, Shira Silverston.

CEO Comments

The Artists Coalition’s has been able to increase services we provide over the years adding more exhibition space, more opportunities for artists, greater outreach, informative workshops and cooperative marketing ventures.

The Artists Coalition's staff has exceptional organizational strengths in exhibition programming, event planning (our annual auction and formerly Open Studios), and artist’s services – including Artists' Toolkits, the website, and The new Kansas City International Artists Residency.

The Artists Coalition’s exhibitions and programs provide opportunities for artists to advance their careers and opportunities for the general public to experience the work of these artists and to learn about contemporary art. Our approach of showing and supporting our artists as well as their peers from other locales provide balance and perspective to our programming.

The Artists Coalition is the voice of inclusion in our community and continues to be the primary support for emerging and mid-career artists' work and for artists who do not create commercially viable artwork. We look at the quality, creativity, and professionalism in artists proposals and strive to support diversity. Living artists are critical to a community's artistic heritage. This is the fundamental belief of the Artists Coalition and it is why we pay special attention to contemporary visual artists in Kansas City, Missouri.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Janet Simpson
Term Start Nov 1989
Experience

Janet Simpson has been the Executive Director of the Kansas City Artists Coalition since 1989. Under her leadership the KCAC has: -- received the prestigious Warhol Initiative Award from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, -- curated over 500 exhibitions in three galleries showcasing the work of 4,000 artists,-- opened the Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition, -- produced three successful city-wide Open Studios art events with 650 participating artists, 100,000 studio visits and $350,000 in sales, -- edited and published three books and numerous exhibition catalogs, -- and improved professional development for visual artists.

Ms. Simpson attended the University of Kansas, BFA—Painting, and Ohio University, MFA—Painting. Ms. Simpson has taught at Johnson County Community College, Park University, and Kansas City Kansas Community College. She has also lectured at the University of Kansas.

Ms. Simpson has served on various committees and boards in her community, state and nation including the ArtsKC Advisory Council (current); Alliance of Artists Communities Conference Committee, 2012; Avenue of the Arts Selection Committee, 2002-2005; Foresight Fine Arts Studio Board of Directors, 2003-2004; University of Missouri–Kansas City’s Urban Mission Task Force: Culture and Arts, 2000; Missouri Arts Council Organizational Development Working Committee, 1999-2000; Kentucky Arts Council Arts Organizations Grant Panelist, 1999; Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission 1% for Art Panel, 1994-2002; River Market Business Association Board of Directors, 1997-1999; Missouri Citizens for the Arts Board of Directors, 1994-1997; and the National Association of Artists’ Organizations Board of Directors, 1993-1994.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
James Martin May 1989 - Nov 1989
Mr. Gary Noland Jan 1986 - Apr 1989
Senior Staff
Title Assistant Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 101
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 Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
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 No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

The Kansas City Artists Coalition has partnered with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on a grant to support Islamic programming: KCAC's exhibition "Islamic Exchange — An Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Islamic Artists and others inspired by Islamic traditions and issues," 2013 and artists-in-residence at KCAC: Fatima Abu Roomi and Zehra Çobanli, who both gave presentations at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.

We are pleased to have the support of Kansas City Art Institute. Alicia Candiani was in-residence September-October 2011. Her residency concluded with an exhibition, “Fata Morgana” at KCAC, she also gave two lectures: one at KCAC and one at KCAI, and critiqued the KCAI printmaking students. We will continue our partnership with the Kansas City Art Institute when we host Alejandro Thorton (Argentina).

To provide Zehra Çobanli with an optimal studio experience, we are partnering with the Linda Lighton Ceramic Studio.

Red Star Studios offered Ilona Romule (Latvia) a studio residency in September-October 2012. KCAC partnered with them to provide the living accommodations.

Dream Studio, Shane Evans, joined with us to host Nico Phooko.

 

 

Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Warhol InitiativeAndy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts2002
A Guide to 20 Top Artist Residencies and Retreats Across the United StatesBlouin Art Info2012
Kansas City’s 10 Must-Visit Contemporary Art GalleriesThe Culture Trip2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The Artists Coalition employs a professional staff that includes an Executive Director and Assistant Director. The Executive Director is the Chief Executive and Financial Officer of the Artists Coalition and actively works with committees to advise and guide their work. The Assistant Director assists with management of the organization and programs. The staff and Board work closely together and are guided in all activities by the mission. Staff and Board job descriptions indicate that fair, ethical and professional conduct is expected; policies are in place that detail procedures to ensure that strong artistic programming can be consistently met. The leadership provided by the staff and Board has been the key element is sustaining the growth of the organization. Their commitment to the Artists Coalition’s constituency and to the mission has not wavered. Their ability to adapt to the changing dynamics of the arts and not-for-profit environment has made the Artists Coalition a reliable partner to artists and to our community. The Artists Coalition’s leadership is committed to the idea that artists' work is valuable and should be supported and that audience should have an accessible venue to view and learn about contemporary art.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jefferson Blair
Company Affiliation Artist
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Email jb@jeffersonblair.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Cynthia Bjorn Artist/Community Volunteer
Mr. Jefferson Blair Artist/Community Volunteer
Ms. Kelly Cannon Blue Cross Blue Shield
Ms. Serese Cannon Children's Dental Care
Ms. Sandra Castillo-Jackson Artist/Community Volunteer
Ms. Consuelo Cruz Belger Cartage Service, Inc
Ms. Machiko Erhard Artist/Community Volunteer
Mr. Donald Friend IIFriend & Associates, LLC
Mr. Clyde Heppner Maya Yoga/Artist
Mr. Kwanza Humphrey Sprint/Artist
Ms. Angie Jennings Crick Camera/Artist/Community Volunteer
Mr. Adam Johnson Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Ms. Laura Nugent Artist/Community Volunteer
Mr. Gene Pal Community Volunteer
Ms. Katrina Revenaugh Artist/Community Volunteer
Mr. Miguel Rivera Kansas City Art Institute
Mr. Dan White H&R Block
Ms. Debbie Williams Artist/Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
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
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Executive
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Philomene Bennett Artist/Community Volunteer
Ms. Dorothy Boehr National Advisor Trust Company
Mr. David DeSimone DeSimone Pearson, LLC.
Mr. Lou Marak Artist/Community Volunteer
Ms. Vickie Trotter Artist/Community Volunteer
CEO Comments The Kansas City Artists Coalition’s Board of Directors is the governing body. The Board is very active and they offer a wide range of experience including legal, educational, fundraising, marketing, and artistic. They are committed to the organization and willing to work to move it in a forward direction. The majority of the Board’s members are artists who strongly endorse the mission. Each Board Member is responsible for one or more committee including the annual fundraising event and, of course, members of the Board are ambassadors for Artists Coalition. The Board of Directors is a thoughtful blend of artistic and business knowledge achieved by drawing upon the resources in our local community.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2015
Projected Revenue $289,900
Projected Expenses $285,400
Endowment Value $81,246
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage 0
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2014, 2013, 2012: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$43,457$38,719$127,653
Government Contributions$13,317$11,453$22,916
Federal--$0$0
State--$0$0
Local--$0$0
Unspecified$13,317$11,453$22,916
Individual Contributions--$0$0
$0$0$0
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,392$1,598$2,104
Membership Dues$14,275$14,091$9,185
Special Events$68,598$88,496$84,966
Revenue In-Kind$63,000$50,400$0
Other$1,545$724$360
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$116,291$168,274$144,852
Administration Expense$56,247$70,325$65,048
Fundraising Expense$24,333$7,736$10,675
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.831.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses59%68%66%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%6%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$119,605$170,568$199,752
Current Assets$117,718$168,261$198,445
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$4,596$3,286
Total Net Assets$119,605$165,972$196,466
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--36.6160.39
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
Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments The Kansas City Artists Coalition’s programs are possible because of our large, diverse base of support. Our many artists and patrons see the need and role of a contemporary artist centered space. Funding comes from foundations, businesses, individuals, government and from earned income. Today the Artists Coalition is stronger than it ever has been because we have been prudent in our business practices and followed our mission and stayed close to our constituency. The Artists Coalition has formed many important partnerships in the community that are essential to our work. The donation of our exhibition space represents our oldest and most stable partnership with a local business. We also have strong relationships with many other funders. The Artists Coalition has also worked in partnership with the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand Arts, Mattie Rhodes Art Center, and The Kansas City Clay Guild. The Artists Coalition has a small endowment which we continue to grow. The goal for the endowment is for it to augment the growth and stability of the organization as it continues to fulfill its mission and serve our community and provide seed capital for progressive initiatives in the future. 
Organization Name Kansas City Artists Coalition
Address 201 Wyandotte
Kansas City, MO 641051747
Primary Phone (816) 421-5222
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Janet Simpson
Board Chair Mr. Jefferson Blair
Board Chair Company Affiliation Artist
Year of Incorporation 1976