Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
1714 East 18th Street
Kansas City MO 64108-1664
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 471-6003
Mission Statement
The mission of Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA) is making dance accessible to all people by presenting the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) and Ailey II, teaching young people critical life skills through dance, and modeling interracial and multi-cultural community partnerships.
Mission:
  • KCFAA solely presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) and Ailey II in annual performances in Kansas City theaters.
  • As the only official second home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, KCFAA supports the work, vision and future sustainability of Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. through secured annual residencies, new work commissions and general efforts to advance the legacy of Alvin Ailey and support the leadership of AAADT Artistic Director Robert Battle.
  • KCFAA develops and delivers youth programming that uses the art of dance as a mechanism to improve knowledge, increase self-esteem, enhance critical thinking skills, and encourage positive role models and smart life choices. KCFAA reaches more than 28,000 young people each year through eleven year-round programs.
  • KCFAA encourages diversity of people and ideas through its organizational structure, uniting people across racial, ethnic and social barriers to promote awareness, respect, friendship, and community-wide social change.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Harlan Brownlee
Board Chair Roger C. Williams Jr. Ed. D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired KCPS
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA) is making dance accessible to all people by presenting the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) and Ailey II, teaching young people critical life skills through dance, and modeling interracial and multi-cultural community partnerships.
Mission:
  • KCFAA solely presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) and Ailey II in annual performances in Kansas City theaters.
  • As the only official second home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, KCFAA supports the work, vision and future sustainability of Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. through secured annual residencies, new work commissions and general efforts to advance the legacy of Alvin Ailey and support the leadership of AAADT Artistic Director Robert Battle.
  • KCFAA develops and delivers youth programming that uses the art of dance as a mechanism to improve knowledge, increase self-esteem, enhance critical thinking skills, and encourage positive role models and smart life choices. KCFAA reaches more than 28,000 young people each year through eleven year-round programs.
  • KCFAA encourages diversity of people and ideas through its organizational structure, uniting people across racial, ethnic and social barriers to promote awareness, respect, friendship, and community-wide social change.
Background Statement

Alvin Ailey first brought his groundbreaking modern dance company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT), to perform in Kansas City in 1968. Such was the response of the Kansas City community to his company’s work that Alvin Ailey, contemplating making a second home for AAADT in Los Angeles, decided to make it in Kansas City instead. In 1984, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA) was founded, and the same year AAADT’s creation and performance of “For ‘Bird’ – With Love” celebrated KCFAA as AAADT’s only official second home.

KCFAA furthers Alvin Ailey’s vision of making dance accessible to all people by presenting an Alvin Ailey dance company every year and by providing arts education programming to 29,000 Kansas City area youth annually. Programs include AileyCamp and year-round studio programs and in-school workshops.

KCFAA also advocates for diversity of people and ideas through its programming. Our annual Symposium brings together local and national experts in the arts to discuss issues of race, place, and diversity. Setting the Stage, which takes place during Black History Month, is an interactive walk-through of African-American dance history. Our educational programming targets a diverse and underserved population and provides to many of them a chance to experience dance for the first time.

KCFAA awards include the 2003 Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, presented by First Lady Laura Bush; the 2007 Governor’s Arts Award presented by the Kansas Arts Commission; and the 2008 Missouri Arts Award.

KCFAA’s programs and presentations have already reached more than 1.2 million people in the Kansas City area, and they will continue to inspire, educate, and transform thousands more every year for years to come.

Impact Statement
Current Accomplishments:
  1. The organization is a model for diversity with a board that is racially diverse. Not only do we have parity of minority and majority representation on the KCFAA Board, but all committees must have co-chairs representing both majority and minority members. Our audiences are the most diverse in the arts community with nearly equal numbers of individuals attending performances that represent majority and minority populations.
  2. We have completed year three of a five-year project that focuses attention on the issues of diversity with the theme "Race, Place, and Diversity" and their influences on current culture and the future of Kansas City. Featured speakers share their contributions to American cultural arts and give important insight on their journey through life, their struggles, and successes. To date 796 individuals have participated in this program.
  3. KCFAA has a commitment to reach elementary, middle school, and high school students in the urban core, who are the most vulnerable and have the greatest need. More than 24,000 students participated in at least one of KCFAA's 11 educational programs in 2016.
 
Goals for this year include:
  1. Increasing ticket sales for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Residency through new marketing and development tools.
  2. Increase earned revenue through a new summer program with the Kansas City Missouri Public Schools.
  3. Complete a feasibility study with KCMO City support, to relocate the KCFAA office and studio to a larger space in the 18th and Vine district.
  4. Increase the size of the mailing list and build a stronger social media presence to more effectively communicate the strength of our programs.
  5. Increase corporate funding by 2% from the current 16%.
  6. Increase attendance and visibility for Race, Place and Diversity Symposia Series (November 2017).
Needs Statement
  1. KCFAA is seeking underwriting for our "Race, Place, and Diversity" Symposium series and associated dinner fundraiser. Total underwriting for each project is $66,000 and $80,000 respectively.
  2. Only 14% of KCFAA funding comes from earned revenue. We are seeking individuals, community organizations, and corporations to help with Ailey II group sales and 50/50 ticket sale programs in the spring of 2018. We seek to expand our corporate partnerships in support of our education programs throughout the year. These programs help to provide affordable arts programming to schools in need with budgets that no longer sustain arts programming.
  3. KCFAA is seeking funding to underwrite the scrubbing and updating of its donor database and improve our computer systems with a technology grant(s), ($15,000- $25,000).
  4. Secure Ailey II Performance Week Residency sponsorship / underwriting April 3 – 7, 2018, ($200,000).
  5. Secure underwriting for studio program students and education programs in the community, ($200,000).
Service Categories
Dance
Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Franklin County
Kansas City, MO; Kansas City, KS; Topeka, KS
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement


Programs
Description

AileyCamp, founded in 1989, is built on the philosophy that the skills needed to learn dance are the same skills needed for broader success in life. Through dance, students develop self-discipline and self-esteem while learning to think critically and to work as a team.

Students attend camp for six weeks, five days per week, and seven hours per day. Students take dance classes in ballet, jazz dance, modern dance, and tap dance; study creative writing, visual arts, and percussion; and take personal development classes covering conflict resolution, substance abuse, sex education, peer relationships, and health and nutrition. The program is free to all participants, including transportation, meals, and uniforms. 

AileyCamp has been so successful that it has become the national model adopted by the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation for replication around the country; there are now ten AileyCamps across the United States. 

Program Budget $319,903.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Minorities, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success

By the end of camp, campers will have been introduced to the fundamentals of ballet, jazz dance, modern dance, and tap dance. Students will have explored a variety of other creative activities, from creative writing to percussion. Some students will have been exposed to artistic pursuits for the very first time. Campers will also leave better educated about sex, drug abuse, and peer relationships, and will be better prepared to avoid risky behaviors. 

Long-Term Success
AileyCamp will increase its camper's chances of achieving academic excellence by addressing the risk factors faced by Kansas City’s underserved urban youth. The development of psychological resilience and life skills through dance, combined with direct education on sex, substance abuse, and peer relations, help our students overcome the effects of adverse childhood experiences and go on to academic and personal success.
All of our out-of-school programming provides a valuable service to disadvantaged Kansas City communities, where such activities are rarer and families have less money to spend on them. Participants in structured extracurricular activities are more likely to attend college, to vote, and to volunteer and less likely to participate in risky behaviors such as drug abuse. We not only provides those activities to disadvantaged communities but also provide them free of charge, thus filling a critical need precisely where that need is the greatest.
Program Success Monitored By Since 1996, KCFAA has partnered with the graduate students and post-graduate students under the direction of Dr. Christopher C. Cushing of the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas in order to develop an evaluation exclusively for AileyCamp. The team, based at the Dole Human Development Center, administers surveys before and after camp to campers and parents. The surveys are meant to collect data about the demographics and psychological wellness of the campers as perceived by the parents and the campers themselves. The information collected by the surveys includes economic status, relationships between the camper and her/his caregivers, stressful events experienced by the camper, risky behaviors in which the camper does or does not engage, the camper’s knowledge about and willingness to try drugs and alcohol, and the camper’s and family’s satisfaction with the AileyCamp experience.
Examples of Program Success
In 2016, AileyCamp served 186 students in Kansas City, MO (KCMO) and Kansas City, KS (KCKS). 
 
Among other things, AileyCamp has been particularly effective at increasing its campers’ knowledge about substance abuse and decreasing their willingness to try new drugs, as measured by surveys administered by the Dole Human Development Center at the University of Kansas before and after camp. According to a 2009 report by the CDC, drug and alcohol use is uniformly correlated with poor academic performance. Children who initiate use before thirteen years of age are at even greater risk, so early intervention is essential. AileyCamp, which targets sixth through eighth graders, helps to meet this need for an early intervention and consequently improves students’ chances of achieving academic excellence. 
Description
Studio classes are offered weekly for second through sixth graders, as well as for AileyCamp The Group, a collection of AileyCamp alumni who want to continue their dance training and personal development during the school year and through high school. Besides a waive-able registration fee, classes are free.
The second through fourth grades study introductory elements of classical ballet, jazz dance, social dance, and African dance. Class is held once per week, after school. The two fifth and sixth grade levels are offered two classes per week, one ballet and one jazz class, and also learn about how lifestyle (diet and exercise) impacts their health. The Group is offered two to three classes per week.
Students from studio classes and The Group also go on field trips to art exhibitions and theater and dance performances, including ones given by AAADT and Ailey II, and each makes an annual trip to a US city to experience its arts and culture.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Students will learn the fundamentals of ballet, jazz dance, and modern dance. Some students will have been exposed to artistic pursuits for the very first time. Students will also leave better educated about sex, drug abuse, and peer relationships, and will be better prepared to avoid risky behaviors.
Long-Term Success
Studio classes will increase its camper's chances of achieving academic excellence by addressing the risk factors faced by Kansas City’s underserved urban youth. The development of psychological resilience and life skills through dance, combined with direct education on sex, substance abuse, and peer relations, help our students overcome the effects of adverse childhood experiences and go on to academic and personal success.
All of our out-of-school programming provides a valuable service to disadvantaged Kansas City communities, where such activities are rarer and families have less money to spend on them. Participants in structured extracurricular activities are more likely to attend college, to vote, and to volunteer and less likely to participate in risky behaviors such as drug abuse. We not only provides those activities to disadvantaged communities but also provide them free of charge, thus filling a critical need precisely where that need is the greatest.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is determined by attendance and educational progress. Progress is measured according to a rubric that lists what techniques and terms students must master before progressing to the next level.
Examples of Program Success

In the 2016-17 school year, 120 students have participated in our studio programs, and 85 former AileyCampers have participated in The Group.

Description

Ailey Trio is an ensemble of three premier dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and is one of the many groups we present to Kansas City students. The Trio demonstrates and discusses the significance of segments of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s repertory and invites the audience to learn choreography adapted from those excerpts. 

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success    Many of the students we reach have little exposure to dance; these students will learn the value of dance as an art form and the value of the contribution made to professional dance by American artists of color.   
Long-Term Success Ailey Trio will introduce students to modern dance and the history of modern and African-American dance. Our goal in presenting Ailey Trio is to make that introduction as profound as as possible, first and foremost by inviting students to be more than audience members and to actually learn some choreography.   
Program Success Monitored By KCFAA records the number of performances and the number of students reached by those performances.
Examples of Program Success In 2017, fifteen presentations reached 2,648 students.
Description Setting the Stage is a performance that takes place during Black History Month in February and illustrates the contributions of key African-American choreographers, including Katherine Dunham and Alvin Ailey. This multi-media program combines live performance with narrated slide presentations, interweaving the story of African-American dance into the broader tapestry of American history.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Setting the Stage will educate students and educators about the history of modern dance and significant dancers and choreographers of color.
Long-Term Success Setting the Stage will educate the community about the valuable contribution of American artists of color to modern dance, including Alvin Ailey and Katherine Dunham. 
Program Success Monitored By KCFAA records the number of performances and the number of students reached by those performances.
Examples of Program Success

In 2017, ten in-school performances and one public performance reached 3,607 people.

Description
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II Performances for Schools consists of four performances for Kansas City area schools by one of Alvin Ailey’s New York companies.
 
Each company is in residence in alternating years. Besides the performances for schools, the 2016 Ailey II Residency included four public performances, and the 2017 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Residency consisted of three public performances. One public performance is presented as part of our annual Benefit/Gala, which in turn helps fund the Residency.
Performances for Schools, presented over two or three days of the Residency, are the first real arts exposure for many of the at-risk student population we serve. These performances are interactive and give students an opportunity to experience world class dance, ask questions, and, for some, take the stage themselves.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Students who may never have seen any dance performance at all will see a dance performance of the highest caliber.
Long-Term Success Students will have the opportunity to see the internationally renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II here in Kansas City.   
Program Success Monitored By KCFAA records the number of performances and the number of students reached by those performances.
Examples of Program Success In 2016, Ailey II performed for 2,903 students from 32 schools and gave a public performance for an audience of 1,675.
CEO Comments
Other programs include in-school workshops and Ailey in Your Neighborhood. 

  • In-School Workshops, conducted by a KCFAA teaching artist, consists of instruction in modern and jazz dance techniques, two primary forms that shape many of Alvin Ailey's ballets. The workshops include warm-ups, jazz isolations, floor work, stretching, strengthening, and choreographic instruction. Students not only learn elements of dance but also how dance relates to developing successful life skills; dance forces students to practice mental alertness, listening, following directions, and attention to detail.
  • Ailey in Your Neighborhood brings the dancers of Ailey II to perform at streetscapes, restaurants, schools, coffee shops, shopping centers, theaters, and other public places. The performances, which feature two dancers and last five to fifteen minutes, bring the artists to non-traditional spaces and advance Alvin Ailey’s vision of bringing dance to the people. Performances at 37 venues impacted 1,973 people in 2016.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Harlan Brownlee
Term Start Feb 2016
Experience


Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Lisa Cordes Feb 2004 - Dec
Ms. Cynthia Rider July 1998 - Dec 2003
Senior Staff
Title Chief Artistic Officer
Title Development Director
Title Marketing Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 7
Paid Part-Time Staff 8
Volunteers 72
Paid Contractors 0
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
KCFAA partners with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) to present Ailey Trio, an ensemble of three dancers from AAADT who demonstrate and discuss the significance of segments of AAADT’s repertory and invite the audience to learn choreography adapted from those excerpts.
 
KCFAA is a member of Arts Partners, a collaboration between sixteen arts organizations to bring arts education to eleven school districts in the Kansas City area that allows us to reach the most students possible.
 
KCFAA also partners with the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts to conduct the Paseo Project, an eight-week series of in-school workshops taught by four different artists-in-residence with instructional support from Paseo Academy’s dance faculty, and to host AileyCamp.
 
KCFAA works with a variety of community partners, including ArtsKC, Black Economic Union of Greater Kansas City, Downtown Council of Kansas City, and Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, in order to market and promote the Symposium.
 
KCFAA also works with a variety of community partners to market and promote the Residency, including Arts Alive, Awesome Ambitions, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri, Greater Kansas City Chapter of The Links, and Topeka School District.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Missouri Arts Council Award for Arts EducationMissouri Arts Council2008
Kansas Governs Arts AwardState of Kansas2007
Bank of America Neighborhood Builders AwardBank Of America2006
Kauffman Legacy Fund GrantThe Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation2008
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Roger C. Williams Jr. Ed. D.
Company Affiliation Retired KCPS
Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2018
Email w.roger@sccglobal.net
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Esmond A. Alleyne Washburn University
Loretta M. Britton MDCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Debbie Brooks Community Volunteer
Mrs. Licia Clifton-James Community Volunteer
Mrs. Bunni Copaken Community Volunteer
Mrs. Karren Crouch Community Volunteer
Ms. Leslie Fleuranges Hill's Pet Nutrition
Mrs. Barbara Loring Foster Community Volunteer
Mrs. Sherry Gibbs Community Volunteer
Mr. Allan Gray IICommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Sharon Hoffman Community Volunteer
Ms. Jaileah X. Huddeleston Kansas City Power and Light Company
Lisa G. Klein Ph.D.Community Volunteer
Ms. Pat Konopka Stinson Leonard Street
Dr. Anne Lambert-Johnson Lambert-Johnson General Dentistry
Mrs. Marcia Lane LonLane's Inspired Occasions
Ms. Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley Walz Tetrick Advertising
Ms. Leola Lindsey Empower Retirement
Ms. Julianne P. Story Husch Blackwell
Roger C. Williams Jr. Ed. D.Community Volunteer
Mr. Jerry L. Williams Sprint
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 11
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 17
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
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 No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Executive
Finance
Marketing
Membership
Personnel
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ken Bacchus
Marcia Bailey
Debby Ballard
Angela M. Bennett
Rose Bryant
Judith Burngen
Karren Crouch
Russell Davis
Marcia Dutcher
Alice Ellison
SuEllen Fried
Deborah Holmes
Pat Jordan
Peggy Lyons
Barbara Nelson
Jeannette T. Nichols
Jane Olsen
Phillip Orscheln
Joette Pelster
Suzetta Parks Pennington
Ronald Posey
Myra Siegel
Dr. Dianne Smith
Beth Sohn
Susan Stanton
Susan Wally
Michael L. Weaver MD
Laura Welch
Brian D. Williams
M Wood
CEO Comments


Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,337,308
Projected Expenses $1,334,858
Endowment Value $500,168
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$924,825$1,081,046$433,281
Government Contributions$58,345$94,343$47,677
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$58,345$94,343$47,677
Individual Contributions------
$0$0$0
$129,086$218,083$155,050
Investment Income, Net of Losses$22,801$86,533$24,812
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$133,221$336,441$140,582
Revenue In-Kind$1,934$2,954$679
Other$17,758$0$1,454
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$651,246$988,659$605,297
Administration Expense$199,416$156,192$147,855
Fundraising Expense$220,755$183,269$87,214
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.201.370.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses61%74%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%12%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,335,429$1,200,231$702,440
Current Assets$906,280$763,952$235,752
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$51,547$137,027$72,100
Total Net Assets$1,283,882$1,063,204$630,340
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.585.583.27
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $375,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $125,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $104,890 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments


Organization Name Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
Address 1714 East 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 641081664
Primary Phone (816) 471-6003
Contact Email info@kcfaa.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Harlan Brownlee
Board Chair Roger C. Williams Jr. Ed. D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired KCPS
Year of Incorporation 1984