Kansas City Young Audiences, Inc.
3732 Main Street
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 531-4022
Fax 816- 960-1519
Mission Statement
The mission of KCYA is to engage all youth in the arts, promote creativity and inspire success in education. We will accomplish our mission by:
  • Producing excellent in-school arts programming that integrates the arts with the core curriculum.
  • Bringing the artistic resources of the community to youth through the Arts Partners program.
  • Operating a high quality Community School of the Arts accessible to all members of the community.
  • Providing professional development for teaching artists and teachers.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Martin English
Board Chair Ms. Kristin Raven
Board Chair Company Affiliation Waddell & Reed
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1964
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations may be made by visiting our website and clicking 'Donate Now.' Donors may also send a check or make a donation over the phone. We also encourage in-kind donations and seek volunteers. Please inquire at (816) 531-4022.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of KCYA is to engage all youth in the arts, promote creativity and inspire success in education. We will accomplish our mission by:
  • Producing excellent in-school arts programming that integrates the arts with the core curriculum.
  • Bringing the artistic resources of the community to youth through the Arts Partners program.
  • Operating a high quality Community School of the Arts accessible to all members of the community.
  • Providing professional development for teaching artists and teachers.
Background Statement
Every child deserves the transformational spark the arts ignite. Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) is proud to celebrate 58 years of providing high-quality arts education experiences to the youth of Kansas City. Established as a non-profit agency in 1961 and affiliated with the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network, KCYA arts programs have helped more than 5 million children cultivate artistic expression; unleashing ideas, creativity, and individual problem solving skills – skills that enhance learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, English and History. Through interactive workshops, residencies, performances and professional development, KCYA programs strengthen a child’s understanding of necessary educational concepts and teach educators how to successfully integrate the arts into core educational subjects. KCYA has become the largest non-profit arts education provider in the region serving 108,679 students last school year.
 
KCYA’s original programming, now called School and Community Programs, places the finest professional artists in the classroom to deliver arts programs integrated with core curriculum. With performances, workshops, and residencies in nearly every artistic discipline and covering numerous academic subjects, educators look to KCYA to enhance and reinforce their students’ classroom learning.
 
Established in 1985, Arts Partners is a unique consortium of 15 premier Kansas City arts organizations who provide innovative, sequential arts-in-education programs for grades K-12, successfully integrating arts education into the curriculum of participating school districts. This service provides schools with planning assistance and coordinated access to the Partners so that the arts are an integral part of every child’s education. These Arts Partners programs are purchased on a contractual basis — ensuring district-wide continuity.
 
The Community School of the Arts (CSA) offers classes in dance, drama, visual arts, and music to children outside of regular school hours. The CSA offers children the next step in exploring their own artistic and creative abilities, giving them the opportunity to gain skills and competencies in the arts. Through the generosity of the philanthropic community, the CSA is able to provide financial assistance for a significant number of students ensuring access to many who would not otherwise be able to participate.
Impact Statement
  1. KCYA served 118,726 students last school year. Demographics include – 40.4% African American, 21.9% Hispanic, 28.8% Caucasian, 3.8% Asian, 0.1 % Native American, 5.1% Other. 84,300 of those students were in Title I schools where 40% or more of the students qualify for public assistance.
  2.  KCYA provided another year of STEAM residencies in area schools. This year, with help from the Kennedy Center Partners in Education, a comprehensive study assessed the impact of our arts integration programs on student achievement, student engagement, and teacher and teaching artist skill-building.
  3.  KCYA partnered with Destination Imagination to provide arts education workshops for international participants during their Global Finals held in Kansas City.  KCYA provided more than 140 interactive workshops for student teams from around the world who came to Global Finals to compete in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math challenges.
  4. KCYA joined the Kennedy Center Partners in Education with JCCC Carlsen Center, Liberty School District and Shawnee Mission School District. Among other initiatives, the Partnership hosted a 3-day Arts Integration Symposium at the Kauffman Conference Center featuring Kennedy Center Teaching Artists and attracting teachers, teaching artists and administrators from 8 MO and KS counties.
  5. KCYA  received a grant from American Express (through the Young Audiences National Office) to take what we’ve learned from our in-school STEAM residencies and adapt them to after-school programs in nine inner-city locations run by LINC.

Building on FY19 successes, KCYA needs to expand agency capacity, increasing the number of Teaching Artists trained to deliver arts integrated programs in and out of school time. Increasing capacity will be necessary to meet the growing demand for arts integration, a powerful tool for classroom teachers to provide meaningful education experiences for their students.

Needs Statement
Current needs for Kansas City Young Audiences include (in order of priority):
  1. General operating funds to support significant program expansion in the area of arts integration, including professional development for teaching artists and classroom teachers 
  2. Funding for programs in Title I schools where 40% or more of the students qualify for public assistance
  3. Scholarship support for the Community School of the Arts so kids can explore their own artistic talents and passions - a donation of $200 provides a 13 week class for a child with financial need
  4. Volunteers to assist with programming, marketing, building maintenance and special events.
Service Categories
Arts Education
Educational Services
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
MO - Ray County
KS - Franklin County
KS - Lawrence
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

KCYA has been working to more fully integrate the arts into the educational experiences of students throughout the region. KCYA has made great strides in increasing and measuring engaging arts experiences for students, particularly those from low-income households. KCYA serves more than 100,000 students each year and roughly 70% qualify for public assistance. Knowing that arts experiences build 21st Century Skills like communication, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration; KCYA has developed innovative STEAM Residencies using Project Lead the Way STEM Curriculum. These Residencies provide a laboratory to explore and document the success of arts integration in non-arts curriculum. The results have been extraordinary, leading to a decisive shift in attitudes among educators about arts integration and the role of the arts in the classroom. The demand for STEAM residencies continues to outpace available funding. Arts integration initiatives include:

KCYA has joined the KS/MO team of The Kennedy Center Partners in Education; a national partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these school/community partnerships is to promote the professional learning of teachers, which is an essential component of efforts to include the arts in education for students.

KCYA received a grant from American Express to underwrite STEM + Arts Integration programming, in partnership with the Local Investment Commission (LINC), to explore STEM + Arts Integration in the afterschool space. KCYA will take lessons learned in the STEAM residency project into nine LINC sites, providing multiple afterschool artist residencies in each location throughout the year.

Destination Imagination Global Finals Destination Imagination (DI) is an education non-profit that engages participants in project-based challenges designed to build confidence and develop creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills. KCYA was part of the team that recruited DI to bring 17,000 student participants, chaperones and family members to Kansas City for. KCYA was the exclusive provider of arts education workshops for attendees, providing 143 workshops in multiple creative disciplines. DI will return in 2020 and KCYA will again serve their participants. 

Programs
Description Arts Partners is a sequential arts-in-education program for grades K-12, integrating arts into the curriculum of participating school districts across the Kansas City metropolitan area. Each district participates in the planning process to ensure workshops, performances, field trips, residencies and professional development directly relate to district curricula. Teachers receive educational support materials for pre and post activities. Arts Partners programs are purchased on a contractual basis for district-wide continuity. Students enjoy arts education tied to science, technology, engineering, math, English and history provided by the partner organizations. During the 2018-2019 school year, Arts Partners served 74,665 youth with performances, workshops, residencies, and field trips to partner arts organizations. Under KCYA management, Arts Partners was a model for other Young Audiences chapters including Dallas, Houston, Cleveland, Wichita and Buffalo.
Program Budget $385,072.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
The Arts Partners program provides the greatest direct effect on classroom teachers and students. Short term success for classroom teachers receiving Arts Partners programming is defined by providing programs that: support curricular objectives, are valuable educational experiences, and that classroom teachers would select again or recommend to a colleague.
 
We expect at least 80% of the educators will ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ that the arts programming allowed their students to: experience and understand the art form; create by engaging in the artistic process; and connect the art to academic learning. We expect at least 85% of the educators will ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ that: the programming content was well aligned to their curriculum and that the programming was a valuable educational experience for their students. We expect at least 80% of educators will say they would select KCYA programming again or recommend it to a colleague.
Long-Term Success The long-term vision of Arts Partners is to bring the combined resources of member arts organizations to community education partners with a goal of integrating the arts into all aspects of education. Success for Arts Partners is defined by the value of the benefits provided by the program to partner organizations and school districts.
Program Success Monitored By

KCYA is constantly developing programs that relate directly to school curricula, because curriculum connections are essential to the effectiveness and viability of programs and ultimately to the success of the students. KCYA receives evaluations from classroom teachers for in-school programming. The evaluations provide data that measure multiple domains including:

  • Organization and content of the program
  • Teaching artist effectiveness
  • Educator’s reasons for selection of the particular program
  • Peer recommendation
  • If students experienced, understood, created and connected the art form to learning and other life experiences
Examples of Program Success

During FY2019, 98.8% of respondents indicated that the workshop content was well-aligned to the curriculum. 98.3% said the workshop was a valuable educational experience for student participants. 92.6% would select the program again or recommend it to a colleague.

Quotes supporting the transformational power of the arts in education: “The work these men do with my students is amazing I am continually surprised that my traditionally mute students spark up and open up in these workshops. Also, I want to say that I could see these gentlemen as visiting artists in residence in the KCMO school district. They are so constructive and positive.” ~ Teacher, Kansas City Public Schools, regarding Dramatic Art and Rhythm, with the Recipe Guild
Description

In 2004, KCYA opened the Community School of the Arts (CSA) with the help and vision of many community leaders. CSA provides community students a comprehensive arts experience that inspires them to discover and develop their unique talents. CSA offers classes in dance, drama, visual arts, and music to children after-school, on Saturdays and throughout the summer. CSA offers children the next step in exploring their own artistic and creative abilities, giving them the opportunity to gain skills and competencies in the arts. CSA provides a supportive, hands-on, multidisciplinary arts environment where professional teaching artists spark the creative passion in our community’s youth. Through the generosity of the philanthropic community, CSA is able to provide financial assistance for a significant number of students ensuring access to many who would not otherwise be able to participate. In FY 2019 CSA had 1,964 enrollments, 15% of which were supported by scholarship.

Program Budget $444,249.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
The Community School of the Arts has a profound direct effect on young people. Students receiving instruction at the CSA will:
  • Gain knowledge and artistic skills.
  • Gain aspirations in the arts.
  • Connect their artistic experiences with other areas of life and learning.
Long-Term Success Long term success is defined by introducing and engaging all youth in the arts. Students of the arts master symbol systems, cultivate their imagination, and learn valuable and life-long skills of persistence and resilience. The arts engender habits of mind that prepare young people to succeed in life and learning. When integrated into a young person’s experience, the arts build 21st Century learning skills including creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration. The Community School of the Arts immerses students in sustained arts learning outside of regular school hours.
Program Success Monitored By
KCYA receives evaluations from parents for the CSA. The evaluation measures parental perceptions on the quality of arts instruction, affordability of classes, ease of enrollment, overall satisfaction with their experience at the CSA, and their intent to re-enroll their children at the CSA. The CSA also surveys the students to determine if they:
  • Gained knowledge and artistic skills;
  • Gained aspirations in the arts; and
  • Connected their artistic experiences with other areas of life and learning
Examples of Program Success

During FY2019 92.7% said they will re-enroll their children. 95.6% of parents strongly agreed or agreed that the CSA experience generated additional interest in the arts by their child. Regarding the student surveys: 96.5% stated “I have learned new things at CSA” confirming they had gained knowledge and artistic skills. 83.9% stated “I think I am a better artist since I started coming to CSA.” 91.2% stated “CSA is helping me to be a more successful student.” Quote from Parent of CSA student: “This production…stretched Caroline in so many wonderful ways. And taught her invaluable life lessons about stepping out of your comfort zone, working hard and believing in yourself. Thank you for this amazing opportunity. You are making a difference!”

Description

School and Community Programs were established by community leaders in 1961 to introduce children to the arts. This program places the finest professional artists in the classroom to deliver arts programs integrated with core curriculum. Educators, PTAs, librarians, and community service providers can select from a wide variety of high quality programs that are approved by educators and support curricular standards. With performances, workshops, and residencies in nearly every artistic discipline and covering numerous academic topics, educators look to KCYA to enhance and reinforce their students’ classroom learning. School and Community Programs reached 42,097 youth last year, delivering a full palette of arts programs to public and private schools, early childhood centers, libraries, and other community venues. School and Community Programs also deliver unique professional development opportunities for educators and teaching artists in the area of arts integration.

Program Budget $359,553.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Short term success for classroom teachers receiving School and Community Programs is defined by providing programs that: support curricular objectives, are valuable educational experiences, and that classroom teachers would select again or recommend to a colleague.
 
We expect at least 80% of the educators will ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ that the arts programming allowed their students to: experience and understand the art form; create by engaging in the artistic process; and connect the art to academic learning. We expect at least 85% of the educators will ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ that: the programming content was well aligned to their curriculum and that the programming was a valuable educational experience for their students. We expect at least 90% of educators will say they would select KCYA programming again or recommend it to a colleague.
Long-Term Success
Long term success for Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) is defined by introducing and engaging all youth in the arts. Students of the arts master symbol systems, cultivate their imaginations, and learn valuable and life-long skills of persistence and resilience. Through engagement in the arts, young people are inspired to succeed in their education and find their creative talents. KCYA provides comprehensive arts learning experiences that lead to young people who:
  • Are self-aware and can express themselves effectively
  • Are aware of the world outside their own community
  • Are nimble and rigorous thinkers
  • Value the arts and engage in them as an essential part of their lives, and are able to nurture these qualities in other
Program Success Monitored By KCYA is constantly developing programs that relate directly to school curricula, because curriculum connections are essential to the effectiveness and viability of programs and ultimately to the success of the students. KCYA receives evaluations from classroom teachers for in-school programming. The evaluations provide data that measure multiple items including: organization and content of the program; teaching artist effectiveness; educator’s reasons for selection of the particular program; peer recommendation; and whether students experienced, understood, created and connected the art form to learning and other life experiences.
Examples of Program Success

During FY2019, 97.6% of classroom educators agreed or strongly agreed that the KCYA arts program content was well-aligned to the curriculum. 97.4% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed the KCYA arts program was a valuable educational experience for their students. 97.3% would select the program again or would recommend it to a colleague. “The content is perfectly connected to our Missouri state history curriculum. Students are always interested in the performance. We have had this group come to our school for almost 30 years. I cannot imagine a year where they don't come and perform.” Teacher, Independence School District, regarding Missouri Cultural History program.

CEO Comments
Collaborating with the KC STEM Alliance, Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) will expand its STEAM Residency Project. The Project pairs KCYA professional teaching artists with classroom educators to present science, technology, engineering, and math curricula (STEM) in new and creative ways, using the arts. The program integrates the arts into the nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum at the elementary school level. PLTW has been providing an elective, STEM-centered curriculum to high schools for several years and recently created an elementary level STEM curriculum entitled, ‘Launch.’ PLTW curricula have been implemented in 10,500+ schools nationwide.
 
We believe that by integrating a variety of art forms into STEM classroom lessons, students will demonstrate increased engagement, better understanding of the academic content and increased 21st Century skills (collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving). We will expand our STEAM Residency Project by establishing strategic partnerships with the Liberty School District and Project Lead the Way. The Liberty School District has implemented Launch in their elementary schools. KCYA will provide Professional Development in arts integration for District educators (and other area educators) and KCYA teaching artists, increase KCYA capacity to integrate the arts into Launch and other STEM curricula, codify project best practices and share them with Young Audiences and STEM education networks.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Martin English
Term Start June 2009
Experience
In 2009, Martin English became Executive Director of Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA). As Executive Director, Martin is responsible for strategic and financial planning; overall management of programs and services; and management of staff and teaching artists. From 2000-2009 Martin served as the Executive Director for Accessible Arts, a non-profit agency that unlocks the arts for children with disabilities and advocates access to the arts. Martin is one of the founders of the Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts & Disability and former Chair of the Kansas Citizens for the Arts. From 1997 to 2000, Martin served as the Executive Director for FilmFest Kansas City and the KAN Film Festival. His experience includes managing nonprofit organizations, fundraising, grant writing and promoting the arts. With an MFA in Acting/Directing from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, he has extensive experience in theatre including the creation and performance of many workshops in Kansas and Missouri schools. Martin has 26 years of experience in the arts service delivery system. He has also directed and produced several training video projects for corporate and non-profit clients.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr Harlan BrownleeNov 2005 - Feb 2009
Ms. Jerilyn JonesFeb 2005 - Oct 2005
Senior Staff
Title Director of Marketing and Business Development
Experience/Biography Marty Arvizu, Director of Marketing and Business Development, joined Kansas City Young Audiences in April 2004 to work with clients and artists in the scheduling of performances and workshops. Marty was promoted to Director of Marketing and Business Development in March 2006, and is primarily responsible for marketing, public relations, and developing new business opportunities. Before joining Kansas City Young Audiences, Marty was Group Sales and Special Events Manager for the Kansas City Zoo where she was responsible for planning everything from school field trips and children’s birthday parties to corporate picnics and private weddings. Previously, she worked in the sales departments of the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre, the Bobby Vinton Theater, and the Pump Boys and Dinettes Dinner Theatre in Branson, Missouri. Marty has a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in management and graduated from Missouri State University.
Title Director of Finance
Experience/Biography

Tim joined Kansas City Young Audiences in October 2006 to assist the Director of Finance. In June 2008, Tim was promoted to the Director of Finance. The Director of Finance oversees the daily financial operations and is responsible for the preparation of financial reports and budgets to staff, funders, and board members. Tim graduated with a B.S in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University. 

Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography Mary joined Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) in 2008. As Director of Development Mary oversees all aspects of contributed revenue, including; grant requests, Major Gift solicitations, prospect research, and volunteer management. Prior to becoming Director of Development, Mary served as Development and Marketing Assistant, Interim Marketing Manager and most recently as Community Outreach Coordinator for KCYA, managing annual fundraising campaigns, the KCYA 50thAnniversary Celebration and various special projects.   Mary brings 18 years of small business administration experience to her role as chief development officer, and has extensive professional and volunteer experience in event planning, research, and database management. Mary is a longtime community volunteer, having served on several local non-profit Boards, including The Irish Museum and Cultural Center and The Junior League of Kansas City, MO. Mary has an excellent knowledge of the KCYA constituent base, as well as the funding priorities of various individuals and foundations in the Kansas City Philanthropic Community. She is a loyal supporter of many Kansas City area arts organizations and is a passionate advocate for the Arts and Arts Education for all children. Mary holds a B.A. in English Literature from The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC,) where she also studied with Inci Bashar Paige at the UMKC Conservatory of Music.
Title Director of Arts Education
Experience/Biography Rachel May Cain, Director of Arts Education, joined Kansas City Young Audiences in August 2018. Prior to joining KCYA, Rachel was Director of Theatre at the Pembroke Hill Upper School where she was responsible for curricular creation, program path, arts integration, directing productions and advising students as they look to their future careers both inside the arts and beyond. Rachel has taught for The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Michigan State University, Baker University, the Coterie Theatre and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre all while earning her way into the Actors Equity Association and becoming a mother. Rachel holds an M.F.A. in Acting and a B.S. in Speech and Theatre Education.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 9
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Paid Contractors 140
Volunteers 60
Retention Rate 78%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 9
Male 3
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
  • KC STEM Alliance
  • Kansas City Young Audiences Arts for Learning
  • The Whole Person
  • Accessible Arts
  • American Jazz Museum
  • Coterie Theatre
  • Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
  • Kansas City Chamber Orchestra
  • Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
  • Kansas City Repertory Theatre
  • Kansas City Symphony
  • Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Lyric Opera of Kansas City
  • Mattie Rhodes Art Center
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Paul Mesner Puppets
  • Theatre for Young America
  • KS/MO Kennedy Center Partners in Education
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter1961
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
National Medal of the ArtsPresident Clinton1994
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kristin Raven
Company Affiliation Waddell & Reed
Term Aug 2018 to July 2021
Email Kraven@waddell.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Ms Cat Larrison
Company Affiliation Harvest Productions, Inc
Term Aug 2018 to July 2020
Email clarrison@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Jason BanksAMC Theatres
Mr. Brent BowenSparkcade Marketing
Mr. Jonah BrotmanHusch Blackwell LLP
Mr. Brian EdwardsGEHA
Ms. Tanesha GoshonYMCA of Greater Kansas City
Mr. Bernard HamblinAmerican Century Investments
Ms Elizabeth HattingLathrop & Gage
Mrs. Jenny IsenbergEclectics Gallery
Mrs. Renee KefferTricension
Ms. Cat LarrisonHarvest Productions, Inc.
Mr Anupum LuharKPMG
Ms Jennifer ParkerUMB
Ms. Kristin RavenAmerican Century Investments
Ms. Stacy StottsPosinelli
Ms. Jill WarrenBlue Cross and Blue Shield of KC
Mr Brad WelleGrain Valley School District
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 69%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
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
Finance
Marketing
Nominating
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Building
Education
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Michael ClineKansas City Southern
Mr Jim DunnNational School Public Relations Assoc.
Ms. Pam GradingerCommunity Volunteer
Mr. William M. LyonsCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Christopher MountsAVS
Ms. Heidi NastKC Studio Magazine
Mrs. Qiana ThomasonBlue Cross Blue Shield
Mr. H. Guyon Townsend IIITownsend Communications
Mr. John VaughnCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Reeves W. WiedemanHelix Architecture & Design
Mr. Brian WilliamsFolly Theater
CEO Comments

Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) believes that every child deserves the transformational spark that the arts ignite. As KCYA Board Chair, I can confirm our Board and staff are dedicated to providing that magical spark to the children of Kansas City and the surrounding region.

I am honored to lead KCYA during such a vibrant time in the nearly 60 year history of the organization. We are settled into our new home in the heart of Kansas City and have become immersed in our diverse community. We continue to serve the Kansas City Public Schools, Kansas City, KS Schools and surrounding school districts and partner with area arts organizations including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Symphony.

In addition to our core activities, we continue to create programs and resources that respond to the needs of our community. For example, we are proud to have recently developed innovative STEAM Residencies which pair professional teaching artists with classroom teachers to present STEM curriculum in creative ways. We are also pleased to be a member of KS/MO Kennedy Center Partners in Education, a group of school districts and arts organizations who are dedicated to providing professional development for K-12 educators. Last year we offered seven arts integration workshops and three-day symposium for educators from across the Metro. Training educators how to integrate arts into their teaching is an exciting opportunity to enhance student learning and bring the arts to more students.

When they engage in the arts, students improve skills in communication, collaboration, cooperation and creativity. I hope that you agree that every child deserves to learn these essential skills and, in turn, access to the arts. Please help us in our mission by sharing our story, attending our annual fundraisers, making a donation online, or simply standing up for arts education. On behalf of our students, thank you for your support!

Kristin Raven, Board Chair 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End July 31, 2020
Projected Revenue $1,593,296
Projected Expenses $1,647,285
Endowment Value $180,811
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 7/31/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$533,645$2,700,654$1,171,399
Government Contributions$12,728$13,939$11,514
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$12,728$13,939$11,514
Individual Contributions------
----$0
$769,287$671,656$614,034
Investment Income, Net of Losses$49,897$41,224$25,786
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$44,585$102,890$24,487
Revenue In-Kind$9,608$33,318$655,268
Other$2,349$16,003$20,559
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,121,285$1,065,358$878,562
Administration Expense$147,100$149,412$152,833
Fundraising Expense$166,017$189,042$150,876
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.982.532.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%76%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$5,183,819$5,445,577$3,994,514
Current Assets$387,918$597,649$887,917
Long-Term Liabilities$196,832$501,850$1,301,850
Current Liabilities$106,793$100,481$91,805
Total Net Assets$4,880,194$4,843,246$2,600,859
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.635.959.67
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%9%33%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Hall Family Foundation $50,200 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Francis Family Foundation $40,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $30,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Over the past five years, operational costs have consistently risen. Examples include:
  1. KCYA’s employee healthcare plan has increased in cost by at least 10% in three out of the last five years despite decreased coverage and increased deductibles.
  2. Labor costs for KCYA staff members and our high-quality teaching artists have increased an average of 2% annually over the past five years.
  3. Liability Insurance and Directors & Officers Insurance has increased an average of 1% annually over the past five years.
  4. Audit and 990 preparation services have increased in cost by 15% over the past five years.
  5. To protect KCYA and the children we serve, we have recently increased our Child Protection Insurance coverage and purchased Cyber Protection insurance.
  6. The costs of IT components and support also continue to rise.
  7. Instead of fully funding the agency to maximize our program impact, we have fallen into a culture of scarcity: making cuts and scouring our budget for additional efficiencies and cost savings in an attempt to control operating expenses.
Thankfully many KCYA funding sources have been consistent during the last five years, but in order to maintain our current level and volume of high quality arts education programs for Kansas City’s children, we must increase community support. We continue to aggressively look for new funding sources and we are asking current funders to consider an increase in funding as well.
Other Documents
KCYA 2019 Impact Report2019View
KCYA 2018 Impact Report2018View
KCYA 2017 Impact Report2017View
KCYA 2016 Impact Report2016View
KCYA 2015 Impact Report2015View
KCYA 2014 Impact Report2014View
KCYA 2013 Impact Report2013View
Organization Name Kansas City Young Audiences, Inc.
Address 3732 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 531-4022
Contact Email mneedham@kcya.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Martin English
Board Chair Ms. Kristin Raven
Board Chair Company Affiliation Waddell & Reed
Year of Incorporation 1964