Carlsen Center
Performing Arts / Carlsen Center at JCCC
12345 College Boulevard
Overland Park KS 66210-1299
Coming to JCCC March 23, 2019! Like Monty Python with ukuleles!
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 469-4450
Fax 913- 469-2522
Mission Statement

The Mission of the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College:


  • Present professional performing arts programming with a variety of high quality artists, both familiar and new.
  • Serve as a comprehensive arts education resource for the community.
  • Lead, partner and collaborate - on campus, in the community and across the country.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Emily Behrmann
Board Chair Adrienne Kilbride
Board Chair Company Affiliation Honeywell
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1990
Former Names
Carlsen Center Series
Performing Arts Series
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Other ways to donate include calling the College Box Office, (913) 469-4445, M-F 10 am to 5 pm and using a credit or debit card. Donations by check should be made out to JCCC Foundation and mailed to JCCC Foundation, Attn: Carlsen Center, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS  66210-1299. Contact the JCCC Foundation by phone for information about in-kind donations, estate gifts or gifts of stock, securities, real estate, etc. (913) 469-3835.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

The Mission of the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College:


  • Present professional performing arts programming with a variety of high quality artists, both familiar and new.
  • Serve as a comprehensive arts education resource for the community.
  • Lead, partner and collaborate - on campus, in the community and across the country.


Background Statement The series of events branded as Carlsen Center Presents (CCP) carries on JCCC's tradition as one of the region's most extensive and diverse multi-disciplinary series. The Carlsen Center opened in 1990 with a vision to become a cultural education center for residents of Johnson County and beyond. It began with a modest program mix of national and international artists, along with local arts groups. Today, the range of carefully-curated programs is as broad and diverse as the interests of KC audiences. It includes:
  • internationally acclaimed ensembles from US and around the world;
  • in-depth relationships with visiting artists;
  • residencies that connect students with creators of art;
  • programs representing diverse American and world cultures;
  • the best from Hollywood, Broadway and our popular culture;
  • outstanding programming for children and families.
In 2000, the CC Arts Education Program was established, which rapidly developed into a comprehensive performing arts education resource. Each year, an average of 12,000 to 15,000 students and adults participate in master classes and workshops that are associated with the national and international artists appearing as part of Carlsen Center Presents. Collaborations with other community organizations and institutions broaden the reach of these activities, and take advantage of the excellent teaching resources that exist in our city. The Education Program was named a Kennedy Center Partner in Education in 2014, and originally partnered with the Shawnee Mission Schools to expand its work with teachers, integrating the arts into academic curricula. Thus, the arts are used as a vehicle to help improve student performance in all academic areas. Nearly half of all services provided by the Education Program are delivered off campus and directly to young students, adult learners, and teachers in their schools or community centers. The Kennedy Center Partnership expanded in 2017 to include the Liberty School District, and in 2018 to include Kansas City Young Audiences, making it only one of two two-state partnerships in the US. This expansion has been generously funded by ArtsKC, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation, the Beals Foundation and the partnering organizations.
Impact Statement Serving as Johnson County's Performing Arts Center, we creatively and dynamically connect and enrich the community through the performing arts. The JCCC Carlsen Center (CC) is the only venue in Johnson County presenting world-class, professional artists in a wide variety of genres. Unlike many other organizations in Jo Co, we are not a community theatre. The CC brings artists to our community from locations all over the world - to date, 67 countries and counting. The CC includes arts education and community engagement activities that deepen the interaction between these world-renowned artists and members of the community. We also support college events (graduations, student productions, speaker series) and rent the space to community groups for their productions. The CC presents 25-35 performances each year for around 25,000 persons from Greater KC and the surrounding area. Additional college events and rentals make up another 150 events annually, increasing attendance to 75,000.
In 2017-2018, major accomplishments were:
 - Continued expanded programming continued to attract a wider demographic among our audience members.
 - Maintained the previous year's increase in season ticket sales, at over 1000 subscribers.
 - Earned revenue streams increased from merchandise sales and advertising sales. Ticket revenue also increased by 6% (as of 5/30/18).
Goals for 2018-2019:
  • Continue programming a diverse selection of artists to attract a wide variety of audiences.
  • Continue partnering with local dance companies to produce New Dance Partners, in its 5th year. This project brings cutting-edge choreographers to Kansas City to create work for local companies, which premieres on the Yardley Hall stage as part of the series of events branded as Carlsen Center Presents.
  • Increase donations by 10%. 
  • Increase access to artists by taking them into the community/schools.
  • Expand Kennedy Center Partners In Education program partners to include a local Missouri based arts organization. 
Needs Statement
  1. Work with the Performing Arts Series Advisory Committee and the JCCC Foundation to reach private fundraising of $400,000 annually.
  2. Work with TRG Arts, marketing consultant, to re-scale the pricing structure for Yardley Hall and expand subscription sales campaign. Goal is to increase sales revenue up to 18%.
  3. Refine and retool marketing strategies to include more social/digital media. 
  4. Continue market research with audiences and other community members to make decisions on future programs.
Service Categories
Performing Arts Centers
Higher Education
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
Geographic Area Served Narrative Our focus is Johnson County first, then the 5-county area (Johnson and Wyandotte, KS and Jackson, Clay and Platte, MO). We reach out to schools designated Title I, again first in Johnson County, then beyond. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
As General Manager of the Performing Arts in JCCC's Carlsen Center, my goals are to further strengthen the brand represented by our organization, by booking well-known stars plus an expanded variety of artists. Our aim is to provide "something for everyone" during each and every season at JCCC. The variety of our programs is defining us and setting us apart from our competitors in Kansas City, attracting younger audiences regularly. 
The Carlsen Center is the only venue of its kind in Johnson County. We bring professional touring artists to our community. We are not a community theatre. Why would we be? There are several organizations in Johnson County producing community theatre and doing it very well (Theatre in the Park, Barn Players, White Theatre at Jewish Community Center). We are the "Kauffman Center of Johnson County," though we don't have the fantastic resident companies the Kauffman does. We continue to present contemporary dance, chamber music, world music, theatre, comedy and all kinds of popular culture from year to year. Audience surveys show that up to 98% of our attendees would recommend or strongly recommend a performance as part of Carlsen Center Presents to a friend. Ticket sales are strong, year over year. Contributions are healthy, with an average of $275,000 raised in private dollars, public grants and endowment proceeds. 
Our greatest challenge is the perception that we're not a professional theatre or that we're only here to house student productions.  Not true, as discussed earlier in the profile.  The other misperception is that the college "just pays for the artists" or that we're supported entirely by a few rich Johnson County residents. While the college maintains our building - we don't pay rent, or fund its maintenance or housekeeping - donor dollars go straight to the bottom line, bringing artists to our community each and every season. We are charged to make the programming break even between ticket sales and donations.
Description The series of events branded as Carlsen Center Presents at Johnson County Community College consists of a diverse mix of professional programs that appeal to a wide range of Kansas City area audiences. Performance types include jazz, popular entertainment, opera theatre, vocal and instrumental recitals, orchestra, chamber music, musical theatre, ethnic music and dance, modern dance, ballet, children’s theatre, family entertainment. We look forward to our 30th Anniversary season in 2020-2021.
Program Budget $1,450,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
To continue to be successful, Carlsen Center Presents at JCCC will:
  • Serve, along with the new Nerman Museum, as an ongoing center of arts activity for Johnson County and the entire metropolitan area;
  • Regularly present 20 - 30 different artists and 30 - 40 performances per year (including arts education/community engagement).
  • Annually develop a range of programming that is diverse along several dimensions:
  1. classical and contemporary pieces;
  2. familiar standards and challenging new works;
  3. performances based in American and Euro-centric traditions as well as those drawn from other cultures around the world;
  4. artistic discipline, including Broadway, orchestra, chamber ensemble, vocal music, opera, musical theatre, theatre, jazz, ballet, modern dance, and popular entertainment
Long-Term Success Long-term success of Carlsen Center Presents at JCCC is its ability to contribute to and complement the assortment of high quality performing arts opportunities available for Kansas City audiences. Carlsen Center Presents at JCCC and other performing arts presenters in Kansas City enrich the tapestry of our community’s cultural activity, and add an important dimension to the array of available arts experiences that local arts resources alone cannot provide. World-class performing artists visit Kansas City through such presenters, bringing different artistic ideas and expanding the palette of creative expression available to our citizens. Presenters bring artists and groups from other cultures to our community to help expand our world view and our understanding of people different from us. JCCC is thrilled to contribute to the arts community in this way.
Program Success Monitored By During each season, audiences of Carlsen Center Presents participate in an online audience survey emailed following all performances, assessing such subjects as satisfaction with the performance, reasons for attending and not attending, information about season ticket holders - demographics, where else they attend, the maximum ticket price they would pay, and artist suggestions. The CCP Program Advisory Committee provides feedback that informs the search for future programs. Staff is present in the lobby before, during and after events to get comments directly from audience members.
Examples of Program Success Survey response rates range between 25-30% of those who attend, a respectable response rate! 88% of those respondents rate the Carlsen Center Presents at JCCC Very Good or Excellent. 98% of respondents would recommend or strongly recommend the CCP to a friend.

Each season includes a wide variety of artists, the diversity of which helps us accomplish our mission of professional presenting. The program mix includes chamber music, jazz, pop and rock, blues, country, Broadway musical theatre, children’s theatre, dance companies, comedy and world music. 
Description Carlsen Center Presents at JCCC has built a national reputation among performing arts presenters as a leader in the commissioning and presenting of new works for its audiences - 27 since 2000. Every season, CCP brings artists that have never appeared in middle America before. Many are familiar artists performing brand new works.We are especially proud of the collaborative project started in Fall 2013, New Dance Partners. JCCC commissions new works for local dance companies, Kansas City Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance and Storling Dance Theatre (Olathe, KS). Since 2013, we've worked with KT Nelson, Jodie Gates, Autumn Eckman, Penny Saunders, Amy Seiwert, Robert Moses, Brian Enos, Kate Skarpetowska, Gregory Dawson, Matthew Neenan, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Christian Denice, Darrell Moultrie and more. New Dance Partners will continue in 2019 with another four new works choreographed by Frank Chaves, Gregory Dolbashian, Catherine Meredith and Myles Thatcher.
Program Budget $75,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served Adults, K-12 (5-19 years), General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Short term, this program will be successful if we can:
  1. present at least two artists that perform one or more new works as part of their repertoire, and
  2. draw an acceptable audience for such performances.
Long-Term Success The commitment to new works and new artists is grounded in two synergistic beliefs:
  1. that a critical component to the education and development of future audiences is an appreciation for and understanding of contemporary works, and
  2. that the arts presenting field plays a vital role in nurturing creativity by providing artists a venue in which to perform their new works and a means to create the works in the first place.
Thus, long-term success can be demonstrated by increased appreciation among audiences for new artistic works, and an overall growth in the vibrancy and energy of Kansas City’s artistic and creative community.
Program Success Monitored By We will closely monitor audience surveys for response to new works. Carlsen Center Presents Program Advisory Committee supports commitment to new works. Donors are in support of commitment to new works.
Examples of Program Success
New Dance Partners will be presented for the sixth time in 2019, commissioning four new works in dance. Works are commissioned or local companies and the companies own the works for two years. Past works have been repeated numerous times by the companies who own them. On June 8, 2017, New Dance Partners commissions were featured as the local showcase for the Dance/USA conference, held in Kansas City. Local groups who benefit: Kansas City Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance and Storling Dance Company. Wylliams/Henry was invited to perform at Jacob's Pillow (international dance showcase) as a result of their work at the Dance USA conference showcase.
Since 2000, the Carlsen Center Arts Education Program has provided over 200,000 KC area students and teachers with low-cost or free services to help them explore their own creativity, and develop talents and critical thinking skills. Each year, artists from the series of events branded as Carlsen Center Presents, plus local artists/educators engaged by the Arts Education program, give master classes, school performances, workshops, lecture demonstrations, and teacher workshops in area schools, community centers, and on the JCCC campus. 
In 2014, the CC Arts Education program was named a Kennedy Center Partner-In-Education, along with the Shawnee Mission School District. The partnership now includes the Liberty School District and Kansas City Young Audiences, reaching across the state line. More Professional Development opportunities for teachers, focusing on arts integration, are planned for 2018-19. Estimated impact: 35,000 students over 4 years.
Program Budget $143,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Children Only (5 - 14 years), Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Below are specific short-term objectives set by the Arts Education Program to address many pressing needs, and expand its impact for the KC community.
  1. Increase by 15% the number of schools from the KCKS, KCMO and Olathe school districts that participate in Arts Education programs on the JCCC campus at the Carlsen Center. For many children from these districts, performances in Yardley Hall are the only opportunity to experience professional arts events.
  2. Achieve a 10% increase in the number of young adults (high school and college age) served by the Arts Education programs. This age group is our next generation of audiences.
  3. Expand the reach of Arts Education programs for underserved children by delivering outreach activities to students from at least four new schools outside the KCKS, KCMO and Olathe districts that have not participated previously in Arts Education services.
Long-Term Success
Ultimately, we want all children in the Kansas City area to experience the arts, and to work with artists or arts educators, as part of their education.
  1. Provide a complimentary resource among the fabric of arts organizations in the community that work with schools.
  2. Change the mindset among school districts and encourage their investment in essential arts-related activities and opportunities in the classroom (arts integration). Repeated studies show the value of the arts in enhancing and strengthening classroom learning, yet arts budgets are among the first to be cut when funds are tight.
  3. Provide increased opportunities for adult learners to become engaged with the arts, and "teach teachers" to integrate the arts into their curriculum.
Program Success Monitored By All participants, both students and teachers, complete an evaluation form on their workshop, lecture/demonstration or master class activity. Students in long-term master classes and clinics complete a pre- and post-program evaluation to measure the impact of the education activity. The Arts Education Advisory Committee composed of teachers, arts coordinators, and committed parents, provides regular guidance throughout the year about program ideas and issues of delivery into schools. All of these tools are used to examine what works and what needs improvement.
Examples of Program Success “Thank you so much for hosting the Center Middle School group at the program. I can think of no other program students have talked about so much or appreciated more. I think it will impact them for years to come. Again, thank you and all those who made this possible for our students.” - Linda Williams, Principal, Center Middle School, after her students’ participation in “Children of Uganda” youth performance and outreach activities.

The Center receives many comments like this about its services. In evaluation summaries submitted by participating students, teachers, and parents over the last five years, 95% of them rated the quality of the artist involved as excellent or very good, and 91% rated the quality of the total education experience as excellent or very good.  Nearly 15,000 students and adults were served last year.

Separate from Carlsen Center Presents or Arts Education events, the production staff in the Carlsen Center supports the College’s institutional use of the performance halls, and facilitates the Center’s use by community groups. 70% of the events that happen in JCCC’s performance spaces are departments outside the Performing Arts Series, as well as rentals by touring companies, local arts and other community organizations.

Success is defined by the center’s consistent use at around 200 events annually. The college regularly invests in the facility to keep it adequately maintained and managed so it retains its relevance and value for the College and the community, and as a regional cultural asset. For a space that wasn’t built to incorporate computers in 1990, ongoing improvements to sound engineering, digital technology and electrical advances have kept our space competitive throughout its history. A renovation of the Carlsen Center performance halls was completed Summer 2016, and included upgrades to the physical appearance of the theatres and dressing rooms backstage with recovered seats (Yardley Hall only), fresh paint, carpet, curtains, etc.

Program Budget $800,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success can be gauged primarily by two factors:
  1. the number of uses made by the College and the community; and
  2. positive feedback from rental clients
The nature of interaction with rental clients works well when communication is at its best. Success requires an ability to anticipate needs and address issues. We maintain open lines of communication through pre-production meetings between staff and clients, to allow us to please rental clients with our services.
Long-Term Success The Carlsen Center is a venue resource for the College and the community. The fact that the college maintains the venue provides a good deal of stability - the venue is here to stay. Continued use by the college and the community defines the success of the venue. 150 events annually speaks to the importance of the Carlsen Center as a regional cultural asset.
Program Success Monitored By Carlsen Center staff talks with rental clients to ensure that the facilities and services are sufficient. Suggestions for improvement are used to inform discussions with College administrators on improvements that would be helpful. Outcomes of such discussions are dependent upon College budget.
Examples of Program Success The Carlsen Center staff scheduled and managed the facilities for 159 different events in 2017-18, which included Carlsen Center Presents & Arts Education Programs (30%), College organizations (40%), and community groups (30%). Some of our rental clients - American Youth Ballet, KC Superstar (Jewish Community Foundation), Heartland Men's Chorus, Chinese New Year Celebration and Allegro Choirs, have ongoing rental contracts with us, which speaks to their confidence in the professionalism of the venue.
CEO Comments Carlsen Center Presents at JCCC is the only series of its kind in Johnson County, KS. Since 1990, we have presented a wide variety of events, introducing the community to artists, companies and genres. 71% of our audience are Johnson County residents, while the other 16% come from KCMO, and 13% from Wyandotte, Clay and Platte counties, plus areas outside the KC Metro. We pride ourselves on ease of access, variety and convenience.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Emily Behrmann
Term Start Sept 2009
Experience Emily Behrmann became General Manager of the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College in September 2009. She is responsible for programming, marketing and fund-raising for the series of events branded Carlsen Center Presents, as well as overall operation of the Carlsen Center performance halls. Previous to her appointment as General Manager, Ms. Behrmann served the JCCC Foundation in a fund-raising capacity, including co-directing the capital campaign to build the Regnier Center and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. From 1991-1995, Ms. Behrmann managed front-of-house activities for the Carlsen Center at JCCC. Previous to this, she was in marketing, touring and grants for the Kansas City Symphony, and served as Box Office Manager for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City. In Oct. 2013, Ms. Behrmann was named the winner of the Pinnacle Award for Excellence in the Arts by the Johnson County Library Foundation. In 2016, she became a Certified Performing Arts Executive through the University of New Orleans.
Former CEOs
Mr. Charles R. RogersJuly 1999 - June 2010
Mr. Gerald SniderJan 1990 - Dec 1997
Senior Staff
Title Program Director, Arts Education

Kara Armstrong worked professionally as an actor, stage manager, director and teaching artist for more than 20 years before coming to JCCC and still remains active and connected to the Kansas City arts community. Kara has held freelance teaching artist positions with the Coterie Theatre, Kansas City Young Audiences, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and was the Education Director for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. As Education Director for the Festival, Kara created numerous new programs including Shakespeare Unbound, a three-week all girl summer camp in the urban core. Kara was also an Adjunct Professor of Theatre at Benedictine College for 2 years. In 2012 Kara became the Director of Arts Education for Kansas City Young Audiences. At KCYA, Kara managed 150+ Teaching Artists, contributed to broader reach with their Community School of the Arts classes and developed several new programs including a STEAM Artist in Residence partnership with the KC Stem Alliance. Early in her career Kara was also the co-founder, producer and director for her own theatre company, for which she directed several new works. Kara earned a B.A. in Theatre from Loyola University of Chicago and an M.A. in Theatre at the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Paid Full-Time Staff 9
Paid Part-Time Staff 9
Paid Contractors 28
Volunteers 200
Retention Rate 90%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 10
Male 14
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 Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
  • Allegro Choirs
  • Bach Aria Soloists 
  • UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance 
  • KU College of Fine Arts 
  • KC Chinese America Association 
  • Kansas City Ballet 
  • Owen/Cox Dance Group 
  • Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance 
  • Heart of America Japan America Society  
  • American Youth Ballet  
  • Heartland Chamber Music Academy 
  • Jewish Community Center 
  • Johnson County Courts - Naturalization Ceremony
  • KS Bar Association  
  • Heartland Men's Chorus  
  • Block-booking cooperation with other regional and national presenters
  • Storling Dance Theatre
  • Youth Symphony of Kansas City
Americans for the Arts2015
Exemplary Presenters' CoalitionPaul Taylor Dance Foundation2006
Award for Excellence in Presenting the Performing ArtsNorth American Performing Arts Managers and Agents2008
Pinnacle Award for Excellence in the Arts - Angel MercierJohnson County Library Foundation2010
Pinnacle Award for Excellence in the Arts - Emily BehrmannJohnson County Library Foundation2013
Support of Staff and Students thru Service and Partnership - Angel MercierOlathe District Schools2013
Support of Arts Education - Angel MercierKansas Alliance for Arts Education2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Funding is always a challenge, even in Johnson County, and even with support from the community college. While the Carlsen Center facility is provided and maintained by the college, we are responsible for offsetting the cost of the programs which take place within the Carlsen Center with ticket revenue, private contributions and grants. We also are very lucky to have an endowment which provides around $140,000 annually towards the cost of programming. Collaborations with local artists and commissions of new works continue to be an important part of our mission, more now than ever, to prove the importance of the arts as part of the culture of Johnson County, specifically, and Kansas, in general. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Adrienne Kilbride
Company Affiliation Honeywell
Term July 2015 to June 2019
Board Members
Ms. Kara ArmstrongArts Education Director, Carlsen Center, JCCC
Ms. Emily BehrmannJCCC Performing Arts Series staff
Ms. Anne BlessingCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Michael BoehmCommerce Bank, Mayor of Lenexa
Ms. Beverly EvansCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Michael FrameAmerican Century
Ms. Carla HansonCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Joelsette Hernandez-JonesPresident and CEO, Pharos Partners
Ms. Adrienne KilbrideHoneywell
Ms. Renee KylesPerforming Arts Series, Marketing
Ms. Royceann MatherCommunity member, Board volunteer
Mr. Mark SchonwetterIT Professional
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
CEO Comments
Since 1990, Carlsen Center Presents has presented entertainers as diverse as the population it serves. As we look past to our 30th Anniversary season in 2020-2021, the variety and diversity of programming is strongly evident. With genres and artists originating in India, China, Ireland and Argentina, audiences have opportunities to engage with other cultures. In fact, over 67 cultures have been presented since its inception.
Breaking boundaries in the commission and presentation of new work is integral to the mission of the Performing Arts Series, with a total of 27 commissions since 2000.  
The arts education component of the Performing Arts Series offers access to the performing arts, and opportunities to receive instruction from world class professionals. Approximately 13,000 students and adults annually participate in workshops, master classes and demonstration lectures. A small sampling of the talented and generous artists who will support educational outreach programs this season include iLuminate, Harlem Quartet, Mariachi Sol de Mexico and Kennedy Center Teaching Artists.
Join us at an upcoming performance, and spread the word!  
- Adrienne Kilbride, Chair, Program Advisory Committee 
Johnson County and its cities didn't make the evolutionary jump from bedroom communities serving nearby Kansas City, Missouri to full service, well rounded cities until we developed a cultural identity of our own. At the center of that has been Johnson County Community College and the vision that helped create the Performing Arts Series. Economic development in Johnson County has always been about quality of life. Employers know that to compete for high quality talent there must be a vibrant arts scene and an array of cultural and entertainment options. The quality and variety of the the programming in the Performing Arts Series allows us to compete with anyone across the country, and gives us the luxury of talking about "our" arts and cultural jewel rather than promoting amenities across the state line. This has been invaluable in our efforts to attract quality jobs to the State of Kansas. 
- Blake Schreck, President and Director of Economic Development,  Lenexa Chamber of Commerce.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $2,500,000
Projected Expenses $2,500,000
Endowment Value $3,500,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 4
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported from internal financial documents provided by Carlsen Center.  No balance sheet information available. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,563,054$2,572,929$2,364,023
Administration Expense$1,403,823$287,077$47,012
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.011.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses53%90%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $329,707
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Francis Family Foundation $10,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --National Endowment for the Arts $10,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments Attached you will find financials (501c3 and 990s) for the JCCC Foundation, which accepts charitable gifts on behalf of programs at Johnson County Community College, including the Carlsen Center. The College and the JCCC Foundation as a whole receive audited financials. The Carlsen Center does not.
Other Documents
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Season Brochure2015View
Season Brochure2014View
Organization Name Carlsen Center
Address Performing Arts / Carlsen Center at JCCC
12345 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS 662101299
Primary Phone (913) 469-4450
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Emily Behrmann
Board Chair Adrienne Kilbride
Board Chair Company Affiliation Honeywell
Year of Incorporation 1990
Former Names
Carlsen Center Series
Performing Arts Series