Puppetry Arts Institute
11025 E Winner Rd
Independence MO 64052
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 8339777
Mission Statement
To preserve and promote the art of puppetry though education and entertainment for all ages. 
We are an organization for the promotion of all aspects of puppetry and accomplish our mission by:
  1. Featuring ongoing displays of hundreds of international puppets, the Hazelle Rollins Museum, and yearly changing exhibits in our main room. Current main exhibit is "Bill Solsner's Talking Puppet Heads"
  2. Offering puppet making workshops for all ages using vinyl puppet heads that are the remaining inventory of the Hazelle Puppet Factory that was in Kansas City for 40 years.  This factory was the largest in the world that exclusively made puppets.  After painting a puppet head and having it clothed, participants have the opportunity to see how to perform with these hand puppets on a special stage. Day cares, schools, tourists, and families come to PAI for this special experience.  1,450 kindergartners from the Independence School district visit PAI to paint puppets and have a show on citizenship.
  3. Presenting monthly puppet shows performed by our in-house puppeteers, and guest professional puppeteers from all over the US.  Our shows feature a variety of styles of puppetry (hand, rod, shadow, marionette, and masks) to let our audiences experience different styles of puppet performances.  We also offer "on the road" puppet shows to perform at day cares and preschools.
  4. Collaborating with other organizations to perform puppet shows at additional venues. To produce our Lewis and Clark  and Trouble on the Border marionette shows we worked in collaboration with the National Frontier Trails Museum providing an entertaining way to learn about the Corps of Discovery and the Border War in our area.
  5. Providing a puppetry research library and offering workshops for teachers.   
  6. Providing a family friendly environment that fosters creativity and artistic experiences for children in this technology-focused generation.  In addition, adults find our "grown-up" shows and events entertaining and culturally enriching.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kathleen Vest
Board Chair Mrs. Ann Ragan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
To preserve and promote the art of puppetry though education and entertainment for all ages. 
We are an organization for the promotion of all aspects of puppetry and accomplish our mission by:
  1. Featuring ongoing displays of hundreds of international puppets, the Hazelle Rollins Museum, and yearly changing exhibits in our main room. Current main exhibit is "Bill Solsner's Talking Puppet Heads"
  2. Offering puppet making workshops for all ages using vinyl puppet heads that are the remaining inventory of the Hazelle Puppet Factory that was in Kansas City for 40 years.  This factory was the largest in the world that exclusively made puppets.  After painting a puppet head and having it clothed, participants have the opportunity to see how to perform with these hand puppets on a special stage. Day cares, schools, tourists, and families come to PAI for this special experience.  1,450 kindergartners from the Independence School district visit PAI to paint puppets and have a show on citizenship.
  3. Presenting monthly puppet shows performed by our in-house puppeteers, and guest professional puppeteers from all over the US.  Our shows feature a variety of styles of puppetry (hand, rod, shadow, marionette, and masks) to let our audiences experience different styles of puppet performances.  We also offer "on the road" puppet shows to perform at day cares and preschools.
  4. Collaborating with other organizations to perform puppet shows at additional venues. To produce our Lewis and Clark  and Trouble on the Border marionette shows we worked in collaboration with the National Frontier Trails Museum providing an entertaining way to learn about the Corps of Discovery and the Border War in our area.
  5. Providing a puppetry research library and offering workshops for teachers.   
  6. Providing a family friendly environment that fosters creativity and artistic experiences for children in this technology-focused generation.  In addition, adults find our "grown-up" shows and events entertaining and culturally enriching.
Background Statement
The Puppetry Arts Institute (PAI) was established in 2000 as part of a dream of local puppeteers, led by Diane Houk, to share this art form with our community. PAI is located in a 3,000 square ft., handicapped-accessible building in the Englewood area of Independence, MO. This space includes the Hazelle Rollins Puppet Museum. Hazelle Rollins was a local businesswoman who owned a nationally recognized puppet production company during the years 1932-1975. The area also includes a research library, puppetry performance and workshop areas, and offices. PAI has a website (www.hazelle.org), a quarterly newsletter, mailing list, email list, and press release list for publicity. The building is open 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. PAI schedules monthly puppet shows and daily interactive workshops to suit the requests of youth, school, senior and family groups.  In 2016 ,we had 5,200 participants for puppet shows, workshops, and admissions. Since opening, PAI has managed grants from 25 different donors for operating, staff salaries, creating puppet shows, bringing in outside puppeteers, and subsidizing fees for children to attend our programs. In 2003 we created a marionette theater production of Lewis and Clark and 2010 "Trouble on the Border - Order No. 11" , both of which we presented in collaboration with the National Frontier Trails Museum and the Truman Museum and Library and other venues. Both shows are available for touring through the Missouri Arts Council Touring Program. We are also the world producers of Nun Puppets for Nunsense shows.  Paddy Blackwood, who worked with Bill Baird in New York , designed the nun puppet for these shows. Later he made these "nuns" for sale for Nunsense shows.  Paddy eventually became our Puppeteer in Residence and when he retired Paddy taught a staff member to make the puppet for us to sell for added revenue.  Our nun puppets have traveled the world--just sent one to Hong Kong this month.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments in 2015-16: 
 
  1. This is our eighth year of  collaboration with the Independence School District Social Studies program.  1,4000 Kindergarten students made puppets and saw a puppet show based on learning to follow rules, conflict resolution and learning to share resources. 
  2. PAI is a major anchor in the Englewood Arts and Entertainment District which offers 3rd Friday Art Walks with live entertainment. That night, PAI features "Improv Night" for families to perform with puppets on stage.  We also held two benefit dinners in collaboration with an amazing Englewood restaurant called "Vivilore--another major anchor in our area. 
  3. ArtsKC invited us to participate in their Block Party in May and we provide an interactive booth with puppetry demonstrations that were featured on Channel 5 evening news.
  4. We designed "grown-up" puppet show events to use as fund raisers and as a way to make puppetry relevant for all ages: Canterbury Tales in April, Vaudeville Alive in May, and Brush Up on Shakespeare in September.  We also offered Secret Garden for older children and adults performed by David Simpich to a sold out audience.
  5. More exposure on the internet and recognition through Tourism sites and travel writers. We keep up our web page, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
 
Top five goals for 2016-2017:  
 
  1. To invite women's organizations to have lunch and see and hear about the art of puppetry.
  2. To collaborate with other art groups in Englewood to offer a package of activities for summer camp groups.  Students would travel to four or five different sites for an activity or demonstration.
  3. We are visiting West Liberty, Iowa for their Children's Festival and hope to incorporate those ideas to develop a similar festival in the Englewood district.
  4. To increase our number of puppet shows presented by finding funding for a larger theater space.
  5. To continue to seek corporate and grant support for funding paid Staff.   
Needs Statement
The Puppetry Arts Institute's most pressing needs are:
  1. Funding to pay Staff.  Our lead staff of four is not paid and perform their duties out of their passion for the art of puppetry. We have one paid part-time administrative assistant who is paid $12,00.  As the PAI grows, we need a paid director.  Current amount needed is $30,000 for paid staff. 
  2. Funding to pay Kraig Kensinger, our artistic director, as an Artist-in-Residence - puppeteer, who can create new shows, perform in-house, and perform puppet shows at off-site venues for partnering organizations.  Amount needed is $25,000.
  3. Sponsors for monthly puppet shows. Their names as supporters are always printed on advertising post cards and other venues.  Cost per puppet show: $500
  4. Funding to create a permanent performance stage area.  Amount needed is $100,000. 
Service Categories
Arts Education
Theater
Areas of Service
National
MO
KS
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
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
In 2016, the PAI will be celebrating our 16th year of existence. During that time we have been able to do some phenomenal things, especially since our executive staff are volunteers. It takes the entire board and staff catching the vision and working together to get done what we've accomplished. We all get along and have stayed focused on where we are going. A challenge is that we don't have board members with a deep pockets nor lots of expertise in heavy-duty fundraising. We struggle with how to get the board involved in doing this. They lack the knowledge of how to pursue really large amounts of money, so we are engaging them in going after smaller grants or somehow approaching people with whom they feel more comfortable having contact.  We have lost large funding from two major donors who have taken on large projects of personal interest to them.  We continue to get their grant support, but only one tenth of the original amount.  Many small pocket donors love us and really want us to continue to serve our community.  They are generous within their means and we send out requests twice a year for donations, bringing in needed revenue.
We have created a Supper Club doing  benefit dinners 3 or 4 times a year at a lovely restaurant, Vivilore just down the street and a Vaudeville Alive event with heavy appetizers and auction that drew a full crowd. We're beginning to get repeat grant money - this is important because for an organization seeking funding for the first time, it can be difficult to get grant-makers to take notice. We'd like to attract a corporate sponsor or large donor that would fund paid staff. We have found that many donors fund programs only and not operational expenses nor staff. It is a challenge raising funding for staff. We do monthly puppet shows and pay our puppeteers--we have to clear enough money to be able to pay them. We have a really good, strong program, but we need to continue to attract school groups and stay in our building. We get good press from local papers and TV such as Arts Upload on PBS. Being able to continue to market what we do is a challenge. We continue to do a lot of grant writing. We've been writing grant applications to as many places we can find--especially for those other than programming. So far, that's what's been most successful for us.  In 2016, we still don't really have a good stage area for our monthly puppet shows, we will partner with the city's Sermon Center for our March 2017 show of Oliver Twist which should be a sold out audience. A good performance space continues to be one of our most expensive needs.
Programs
Description Children and adults visiting the museum can participate in a workshop to create their own hand puppet to take home. The puppets are from the remaining inventory of the Hazelle Rollins Puppet factory. We have 30 different vinyl heads from which to choose. We use Cel-Vinyl from California, a special paint that is used to paint cartoon cels. We use artist type bristle brushes. We believe having good materials is vital to creating a good result and success. We provide cloth bodies to complete the puppet.  After the puppet is finished, children can learn how to perform with their puppets on our stage. They see demonstrations of other types of puppets.
Program Budget $4,500.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults,
Short-Term Success Children after completing their puppet, the children will start talking about what they want to make the next time they come. You see them listen to instructions and they recognize they are learning, how to use a brush, mixing colors, how to make their puppet do certain actions and how what looks simple is really a skill, like a special voice, how to act as an audience member, terminology of puppetry, styles of puppetry, different cultures approaches to this art form. You see our repeat children grow confident to leave their parents and sit up front without their adults, they participate, when asked and know how to ask good questions after the shows. They become discerning critics of the performances.
Long-Term Success Children need to create and see live theater, every survey of today's youth, decries the use of mass media and the harm it is doing to our society. We must give children of today more opportunities to interact in a creative atmosphere at a reasonable price, so everyone can participate.
Program Success Monitored By We listen and watch what the children are saying about their project. If you really listen to what they are saying to each other and to you, you know what is working. Watch their expressions, when you tell them "this is your puppet, paint it like you want, not like your teacher or parent wants, but what you want". Some children will test you by asking for something they think will shock or surprise you. We have never had a puppet left behind, they all are proud of their puppets and want to return.
Examples of Program Success Children will bring their parents back if they have been here with a school or scout group. Parents and Grandparents tell us about how the children have played with their puppets at home. This is a true test of the value of having a puppet program.
Description Monthly puppet shows are presented at the Institute, emphasizing a variety of puppetry styles and puppeteers. We use local Metro area puppeteers, and bring in out-of-state puppeteers ranging from California to Minnesota. David Simpich from Colorado performs one of his classical puppet shows once a year for our enjoyment. His shows are always sold out to a large audience that appreciates his artistic talent.  Our artistic director, Kraig Kensinger, is performing four time this year his original productions, including the popular Imagination Celebration which turns kids on to making their own puppets our of recycled materials.
Program Budget $15,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults,
Short-Term Success We see children who come to our shows, sitting on their parents laps or parents sitting with their children on the floor, but after several visits they know they can see better up close to the action, they have gained confidence to just be with the other children, knowing their adults are close by and enjoying the show with them. They begin to ask more in depth questions, about how the puppets are constructed and are looking at the details of the productions. They are also looking at the displays in the museum in a different way.
Long-Term Success Every child in the Metro Kansas City area would have experienced live theater from the age of 3 years thru college, to create an adult audience that appreciates live theater.
Program Success Monitored By Listen for audience comments after the show, people asking if a certain puppeteer has another show they can see. 
Examples of Program Success Kids tell us shows they remember and talk about them. People tell others about us and bring their friends.
Description Permanent Exhibits include: a room devoted to Hazelle Rollins, a Kansas City woman who had the largest puppetry factory in the world; "Puppets Around the World": which includes puppets from Asia, Europe, Africa with shadow puppets & a special Punch & Judy exhibit. Special changing exhibits are in our main room."Amazing Women in Puppetry -1920's -1950's" exhibit ran from September 2013 thru July 2014 followed by an extensive Punch and Judy exhibit 2014-2015 . Fairy Tales exhibit was our exhibit featuring Hazelle and Paddy Blackwood Puppets from 2015-through summer 2016. We also offer a special program about the history of puppetry along with a Box Lunch provided by a local resturant "Vivlore" for $20.00 a person. This would make a fun and different meeting for your organization to celebrate the holidays or any occasion. Just call 816-833-9777 to set up a date. 
Program Budget $4,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success We have a good collection of puppets from around the world and an excellent collection of Hazelle Rollins puppets, manufactured in Kansas City, MO, and we mount a special exhibit each year. We bring in collections of different types of puppets, showing both professional and toy puppets. People are always amazed at the variety and quality of our puppets.
Long-Term Success Become the best place in the Midwest to see an outstanding collection of puppets from local, regional, and world wide sources.
Program Success Monitored By People comment about our window display and we have been recommended by Rand McNally 2004 Atlas as an Editors pick, we have been included in their 2007 Family Planning Guide. We've been approved in Triple A guides. We were one of the AAA Midwest Traveler magazine sites selected to talk about our Pinocchio exhibit. Families are so pleased to find a place designed for children, that is fun, reasonable in price and relaxing.
Examples of Program Success People believe in our commitment to our mission to preserve and promote puppetry that they donate their collections to us. We recently received a Toy Theater collection. Three other collectors have donated their puppets to our museum.The new Treaure Island marionettes from 1937 done by Sarah Goldsmith were included in our 2008/2009 exhibit. I took a course in asseement of the Arts with Eric Booth and though I realize funders want concrete evidence, I believe that this is not the correct way to prove a program is working. Observing and listening to our clients is much more reliable and takes just as much skill and engagement as all these other types of assessment measures, which I feel really get in the way of learning if your program is working. If you are so busy doing the paper work, you lose the personal touch which is vital to real understanding and knowledge of program success. Right now this testing and type assessment is popular, but I believe it will be replaced by common sense.
Description Puppet shows are presented in the community in conjunction with commemorative events and other important occasions, at libraries, museums and for other partnering organizations. Our marionette theater productions are "Lewis and Clark" and  "Trouble on the Border - Order No. 11". these shows are available for touring and were developed to help commemorate the Bicentennial of Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Border War/Civil War events happening all over the country for the last 4 years. We  performed our "Trouble on the Border - Order No. 11" at the Truman Library in 2011 and other venues including the National Frontier Trails Museum in 2015.  We are always looking for other opportunities to connect with our community. There is a perception that we should do these shows free, but we constantly need to educate the public and donors that like any art form, it costs money to develop a show. We must increase awareness of puppetry as a profession like any other line of work.
Program Budget $3,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served , Adults,
Short-Term Success We have created "Lewis & Clark: A Dog's Eye-view" puppet show that has performed in Independence, Kansas City, MO & KS, Sibley, St. Louis & Johnson County KS, Oklahoma, Georgia and Jefferson City, in the Capital Rotunda. We also did a show "Ole! Santa Fe", which was presented for school groups at the National Frontier Trails Museum. The April 2008 show " Oregon or Bust! was performed at the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence. MO. for the public and school groups. We hope to create other shows to make history more meaningful to children.
Long-Term Success Every appropriate site in the area will have a puppet show to enhance their programs for children.
Program Success Monitored By We surveyed all of the teachers who brought children to the National Frontier Trails center.
Examples of Program Success Word of mouth again spread the news about the value of this program. Teachers are informed through mailings of our history shows.
CEO Comments We have favorable comments on our programs, because we are financially reasonable and have flexible scheduling and individual attention by capable and artistic volunteers. People are surprised by the quality of programming and we have many repeat customers. Our philosophy is customer satisfaction for both adults and children, and a relaxed and creative atmosphere without time pressures and stressful conditions. The museum had a "Conservation Assessment Program" through the Heritage Preservation part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services several years ago. This is a federal grant to help small museums assess what steps need to be taken to put into action good museum practice. Our current administrative assistant has archival training and is working on preserving historic puppets and cataloging our inventory of puppets.  Through our relaxed workshop style, we have helped many developmentally handicapped people and young child to achieve success with painting puppets. It is a small achievement, but they love their puppets. Our numbers of patrons have increased steadily each year, in spite of having a small advertising budget. The word is spreading from family to family that PAI is a fun and worthwhile place for children and families. Day cares such as La Petite, Kindercare, Creative World and privately owned (St. Luke's Hospital and Creme de la Creme) tell us we are the children's favorite field trip. Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Home school groups, always leave saying they will tell others about us. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Kathleen Vest
Email pai@att.net
Experience We have a four person executive team.  Ann Ragan, a retired architect; Kathleen Vest, a retired teacher and university instructor; Anitra Steele, a retired librarian in charge of children's programming at MCPL, and Joyce Stone, city theater director; Kraig Kensinger, retired educator working for University of Missouri program who serves as artistic director.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms.. Diane Houk May 2000 - Nov 2014
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 18
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
We are members of the Independence Attractions Coalition, a group of Independence museums and attractions that work together on events. We worked with the National Frontier Trails Museum to present a puppet show "Trouble On the Border- Order No 11" We provided workshops for clients of "Developing Potential" for developmentally handicapped. We worked with the Social Studies Team of the Independence School District to meet their GLE's for bringing Kindergarten children to PAI.  In 2009 and they are still coming (1,450 this year), we created a puppet show for the Truman Library to celebrate Harry Truman's 125th birthday.  We continue to present this show at the Library's request.  We have presented our Lewis and Clark puppet show this year the the National Frontier Trails Museum's Family Fun Day.   The ten art galleries and the PAI belong to the Englewood Business Association and the area are designated by the Independence. City Council as an official Arts and Entertainment District and PAI is one of the major anchors in this community.  A member of our board serves on the Englewood Business Association's board. 
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
"Best of the Road" Editor's PickRand McNally2004
Education AwardJackson County Historical Society2002
Woman of the Year -work with PAIAmerican Asso. of University Women2005
Woman of American History work with Hazelle Rollins History preservationDaughters of the American Revolution2006
Points of InterestSmithsonian Magazine2007
featured on Arts UploadKCPT2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The Puppetry Arts Institute has a dedicated Board of Directors with a genuine love of puppetry. The founding board members committed their time and for some, even their collections, in an effort to launch the Puppetry Arts Institute as a unique museum setting, dedicated to preserving the legacy created here in Kansas City by Hazelle Rollins. Our current structure includes the Board of Directors, Advisory Committee and a Steering Committee. Recognizing the need to grow and develop, the Board of Directors is assessing the need to find paid staff. We currently have a volunteer director team of four members.  From the beginning of operation we have had an executive director who received no pay.  Diane Houk, that dedicated director, passed away November 2014.  We know we need to find enough funding for a paid director and have initiated a capacity building campaign with close to $30,000 at this time. The goal is enough money for three years of salary prior to hiring this person. Our future depends on having a trained director ready to continue our mission. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Ann Ragan
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Nov 2011 to Dec 2016
Email ragan@swbell.net
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Rev. Paul Bond Retired
Ms. Ann DeYoung Retired
Mr. Kraig Kensinger Retired
Ms. Ann Ragan Community Volunteer
Mrs. Kathy Rohr Community Volunteer
Mrs. Anitra Steele Retired
Mrs. Joyce Stone Community Volunteer
Mrs. Debbie Thatcher Community Volunteer
Ms. Kathy Vest Community Volunteer
Mrs. Lana White Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 79%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Executive
Finance
Operations
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Volunteer
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Lisa Cianciolo Gastinger Walker Architects
Mrs. Nancy Clark Community Volunteer
Mr. Bruce Davis Park Foundation President
Mrs. Nancy Krupa community volunteer
Mr. John McCrae McCrae Real Estate
Mr. John Rollins Jr.Community Volunteer
CEO Comments The Puppetry Arts Institute has a dedicated Board of Directors with a genuine love of puppetry. The founding board members  committed their money, time and for some, even their collections, in an effort to launch the Puppetry Arts Institute as a unique museum setting, dedicated to preserving the legacy created here in Kansas City by Hazelle Rollins. Our current structure includes the Board of Directors, Advisory Committee and a Steering Committee. Recognizing the need to grow and develop, the Board of Directors is assessing the need to find paid staff. Our  full time volunteer director passed away in November of 2014.  So, four board members have taken various director responsibilities to keep PAI viable and on target.  We need to raise enough funding for a  paid director and have started a capacity building campaign fund for that purpose. Our future depends on having a trained director ready to continue our mission. We have added 2 new Board members and I believe it will help inspire some of the older Board members. We are located in a small business are called "Englewood" in Independence, and the local Business association is active and has partnered with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation and the Independence Economic Development Council to conduct a study to turn the area into an Arts and Cultural District. In November of 2011 the Independence City Council officially said we are an Arts and Entertainment District. This designation has brought some improvements in the area such as lighting and wider side walks for our Friday night crowd for Art Walks.  However, additional funding for other improvements has not happened and one local owner has been very slow in remodeling his building.  But the Vivilore restaurant draws people from all over the metro area and so does PAI so we are currently the two main anchors in Englewood with other smaller facilities surrounding us--some with steady clientele and others that are struggling to get good traffic.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $72,900
Projected Expenses $72,100
Endowment Value $11,239
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporation revenue line may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$53,918$58,420$61,810
Administration Expense$19,161$20,046$18,468
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.070.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%74%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$69,904$56,608$50,860
Current Assets$69,904$56,608$50,860
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$248$527$0
Total Net Assets$69,656$56,081$50,860
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities281.87107.42--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual $6,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Swisher International $5,400
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Trudy Foundation $3,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Salary for future director
Goal $100,000.00
Amount Raised to Date $29,699.00 as of May 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments The Roger T. Sermon Trust Fund, held at the Truman Heartland Foundation, provided our operating expenses of rent, utilities and cleaning services for three years. We now have our own Puppetry Arts Institute Fund at the Truman Heartland Community Foundation which was funded by the Sermon Fund, which helps with some operating expenses as needed. We have received grants from the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, Arts KC Catalyst Fund ,Trudy Foundation , Mader Foundation,Swisher International, Trudy Foundation, Missouri Arts Council Touring Grant,  and Nancy Krupa. . We employ Support Kansas City Inc,for our accounting services. We have another source of revenue, making the Sister Mary Annette puppets for many of the Nunsense plays done all over the USA and other countries,which usually provides about $7,000 a year income. We hold two benefit dinners each year at a near by restaurant "Vivilore",  plus we present Vaudeville Alive and Brush Up with Shakespeare nights including appetizers and an auction.  The Arts KC Catalyst Fund awarded us a grant last year for $2,500 and we have applied again and waiting for their response. We ask our supporters for donations once a year and earn income from our puppet shows, admissions. gift shop,  and workshops . One staff member takes shows on the road to perform at preschools and day cares adding extra revenue.  As the volunteer directors team, we are aware that paid staff positions are vital to our continued progress. No matter how dedicated our volunteers, plans need to be made to maintain the organization with paid personnel. We have experienced a drop in funding from several of our usual contributors which we believe represents the current financial situation or their interest in personal initiatives that take most of their time and charitable donations. Everyone is needing more help and community health and welfare groups are often felt to be more needed than the Arts. We feel that those donors who have taken the time to visit PAI and see the work we are doing know we are worthy of the their help. Having the Independence Social Studies program send all the 1,450 kindergarten students to us has been a real boost and we understand they plan to continue this program. 
Organization Name Puppetry Arts Institute
Address 11025 E Winner Rd
Independence, MO 64052
Primary Phone (816) 8339777
Contact Email pai@att.net
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kathleen Vest
Board Chair Mrs. Ann Ragan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2000