Black Archives of Mid-America Inc.
1722 E. 17th Terrace
Kansas City MO 64108
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 221-1600
Mission Statement
The mission of the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City, Inc. is to collect, preserve and make available to the public materials documenting the social, economic, political and cultural histories of persons of African American descent in the central United States, with particular emphasis in the Kansas City, Missouri region. Black Archives of Mid-America is an educational resource and provides access to its collections for research, exhibition and publication to honor our community heritage and to catalyze public awareness.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Taylor Fields
Board Chair Taylor Fields
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fields & Brown, Attorneys at Law LLC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1974
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City, Inc. is to collect, preserve and make available to the public materials documenting the social, economic, political and cultural histories of persons of African American descent in the central United States, with particular emphasis in the Kansas City, Missouri region. Black Archives of Mid-America is an educational resource and provides access to its collections for research, exhibition and publication to honor our community heritage and to catalyze public awareness.
Background Statement
The Black Archives of Mid America, Inc. was founded May 8th, 1974 by Horace M. Peterson III and initially located at 1821 Paseo in the old Paseo Y.M.C.A. building. In 1976, the Black Archives moved to 2033 Vine, old Firehouse No.11. The firehouse, located in Kansas City's Historic 18th and Vine District, itself is representative of African American history in this region as it was home to the first Black fire company in Kansas City. It was built in 1931 as part of the Work's Progress Administration period under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
 
 
The Black Archives is a non-profit organization that serves the community by offering itself as an educational resource as well as a repository of every facet in African American culture; music, art, theater, education, the military, medicine, sports, religion and community affairs. The Black Archives was expressly created to collect and preserve the history of African Americans in the Midwest. Beyond our original emphasis of research and critical examination, the Archives' traveling exhibits personify the roles of African Americans and their plight to dispel negative images. Our interpretive and educational programs, research services and special projects have received overwhelming community support.
 
 
It was Peterson's dream to see an invigorated 18th and Vine District that showcased the contributions of African Americans. His exemplary efforts became reality with the anticipated move of the Black Archives to a larger facility located in the heart of this Historic District. Other projects envisioned by Peterson include the Kansas City Jazz Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Gem Theater; all landmarks in the 18th and Vine District.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments:
 
  1. Launched a successful community arts program that prompted over 1,495 participants to visit the Archives.
  2. Processed collections requests, developed finding aids and provided research services to 175 scholars and researchers.
  3. Attracted over 470 visitors to tour exhibits and at the Archives.
 
Future Goals:
 
  1. Increase operating funding through direct support and fundraising activities.
  2. Establish stronger collaborations with existing partners to further the mission of the Archives.
  3. Begin the development of the Alvin Ailey permanent exhibit.
  4. Strengthen the programming and exhibits presented to the community and expand our education initiatives for the youth.
  5. Increase the profile of the Black Archives in the community.
Needs Statement
  1. Develop strategies for maintaining ongoing operating funds through diverse revenue streams.
  2. Increase individual membership in the organization.
  3. Develop increased visibility of the organization.
  4. Expand the size of the Board of Directors.
  5. Develop strategic partnerships within the community.
Service Categories
History Museums
Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Among the most noteworthy accomplishments of the Black Archives of Mid-America is the development and construction of our largest and most comprehensive exhibit “My Eyes No Longer Blind,” which chronicles the history of the Kansas City African American Community in education, religion, health care, entertainment and public service.
 
 
The Archives also provides one of the largest and most well-indexed collections of documents and materials in the Midwest reflecting the contributions of African Americans in almost every field of human endeavor. The Archives is an outstanding repository of information for researchers, scholars, teachers and students.
 
 
Finally, the Black Archives of Mid-America entered into an agreement to maintain and display the personal papers of Alvin Ailey. Mr. Ailey’s love for Kansas and Kansas City’s esteem for him is clearly reflected in that collection. Our most pressing challenge is to raise operating revenue to hire sufficient staff and implement programs designed to educate and inform the Kansas City Community about the history and contributions of African Americans. We have attempted to address this challenge by hiring professional staff with expertise in raising funds. We have also reached out to each Board Member to secure their commitment of time and financial support.
 
 
Since I was a small boy I have been fascinated by the stories told by my parents and grandparents about the struggles, and challenges faced by my parents. There are few goals in my life more important than capturing, preserving and passing those struggles, successes and challenges on to future generations.
Programs
Description The "Horace M. Peterson III Lecture Series" offers critical academic exposure from prominent academicians and researchers to the local community. Within the scope of this program both local and nationally acclaimed scholars present innovative findings that provoke thought and debate on relevant community issues.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Humanities Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Many of our program participants report gaining new knowledge and insight in reference to critical issues in the arts and humanities after attending the lecture series.
Long-Term Success
Through the Horace M. Peterson III Lecture Series our staff hopes to build connections with area colleges and universities by allowing both scholars and participants the opportunity to engage important historical and current academic conversations in the humanities.
Program Success Monitored By Our Director of Community Education and Programs has begun disseminating an assessment tool to gauge audience awareness and program satisfaction among participants. After events our staff holds a debriefing session to evaluate program feedback.
Examples of Program Success “I'm so happy to see that we as Black people are not still hidden, and put on the back burner so to speak. The Black Archives of Mid-America keeps us informed, enlightened, uplifted, grounded.” – L.T.
Description "Community Stories" is an intergenerational oral history project led by prominent community historian Carl Boyd. This project showcases lively interviews regarding crucial social developments in our city's past and present. It provides a historical context for Kansas City's thriving urban core and allows for a dynamic exchange between community elder's and those wishing to immerse themselves in our city's rich heritage.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Many of our program participants report gaining new knowledge and insight in reference to important historic developments in Kansas City after exposure to “Community Stories.”
Long-Term Success
The long term goals of “Community Stories” is to document important generational conversations about key historical events in Kansas City. We hope to expand this oral history project to engage more school-aged youth and plan to pursue a more intensive partnership with Kansas City Public Schools with the goal of increasing student exposure to local history.
Program Success Monitored By Our Director of Community Education and Programs has begun disseminating an assessment tool to gauge audience awareness and program satisfaction among participants. After events our staff holds a debriefing session to evaluate program feedback.
Examples of Program Success “I like the Black Archives of Mid-America because of the rich history, and inspirational history.” – M.D.
Description Our widely popular "Soul of Art Pop Up Gallery" celebrates local artists through exhibition and discussion, and serves as a venue where mixed media artists gain recognition through the sale of prestigious works of art.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Program participants provide feedback highlighting their joy of attending the pop-up gallery. This program also provides a venue for local artists to support themselves and gain exposure in the local arts community.
Long-Term Success
Long term goals for this project are to provide a continuous platform that allows community members to engage local artists from underrepresented groups in addressing critical issues.
Program Success Monitored By Our Director of Community Education and Programs has begun disseminating an assessment tool to gauge audience awareness and program satisfaction among participants. After events our staff holds a debriefing session to evaluate program feedback.
Examples of Program Success “An amazing facility, a gem in our community, let's support it.” – E.B.
Description This poetry series invites both local and nationally acclaimed artists to deliver performance art pieces that reflect and highlight major issues in our community in a lively and engaging fashion. The Mbembe Smith Poetry Series also includes poetry workshops that allow program participants to express themselves through the creation of unique poetry.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Literature
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Program participants report gaining new knowledge and insight in reference to important cultural and artistic themes reflected in the artist’s work.
Long-Term Success
Long term goals for this project are to provide a continuous platform that allows community members to engage local and nationally known poets from underrepresented groups in addressing critical issues.
Program Success Monitored By Our Director of Community Education and Programs has begun disseminating an assessment tool to gauge audience awareness and program satisfaction among participants. After events our staff holds a debriefing session to evaluated program feedback.
Examples of Program Success “I love it this is very beautiful.” – F.J.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Taylor Fields
Term Start Jan 2013
Experience Mr. Taylor Fields has served as a leader in Kansas City for a number years in various ways. He has served on the Board of Directors for a number of institutions such as the Greater Kansas City Convention and Visitor’s Association, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Salvation Army Bell Ringers, the YMCA, and Research Mental Health Center. As Board Chair for the Black Archives his leadership has allowed for growth, stability, and increased collaboration within the arts and education community. He also is the founding member and the managing partner of Fields & Brown, LLC.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Director of Education & Community Programs
Title Director of Operations
Title Director of Development
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 7
Paid Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
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 Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Taylor Fields
Company Affiliation Fields & Brown, Attorneys at Law LLC
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2016
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Anthony Arnold Arnold Construction
Ms. Sharon Brooks
Mrs. Marceline Cooley Retired
Mr. Taylor Fields Esq.Fields & Brown, LLC
Dr. Leslie Fields St. Luke's Hospital
Dr. Delia Gillis University of Central Missouri
Councilman Allan Gray City of Lee's Summit
Dr. Adrianne Hoard UMKC
Mr. Bruce Holloway Community Volunteer
Ms. Keana Jarvis Urban League of Kansas City
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Capital Campaign
Executive
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $235,162
Projected Expenses $219,569
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$28,235$55,583$115,239
Administration Expense$11,470$68,755$55,948
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.130.681.87
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%45%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$427,443$390,865$421,481
Current Assets$215,204$162,006$277,251
Long-Term Liabilities$15,000$15,000$15,000
Current Liabilities$20,339$19,936$11,212
Total Net Assets$392,104$355,929$395,269
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.588.1324.73
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%4%4%
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
Organization Name Black Archives of Mid-America Inc.
Address 1722 E. 17th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 221-1600
Contact Email info@blackarchives.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Taylor Fields
Board Chair Taylor Fields
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fields & Brown, Attorneys at Law LLC
Year of Incorporation 1974