Press Releases

ArtsKC Recommended for $20k NEA Grant

ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council has been recommended for $20,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for, a new arts and cultural events website that launched to the public on June 2. This funding recommendation is contingent upon final NEA review. The Council has consistently received NEA funding in the past for programs and services that promote arts and culture.

ArtsKC Launches

ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council will officially launch to the public tomorrow, June 2, 2017. The new digital guide to arts and cultural events is a free service provided by ArtsKC to help local arts and cultural organizations increase audience engagement. The guide gives community members and tourists alike a “go-to” place to find events in one place. ArtsKC will add events to the guide throughout the summer, and beyond.

ArtsKC Announces Dana Knapp as New President & CEO

Brad Douglas, chairman of the ArtsKC Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dana Knapp as the new President & CEO of ArtsKC. She has been serving as Interim President & CEO since January 1, 2017.

Awards Luncheon Honorees Announced

ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council announced today the honorees who were recognized at the 14th Annual ArtsKC Awards Luncheon – Electrify! for their extraordinary leadership in the arts and creative industries.

Awards Luncheon to Honor Arts Leaders and Visionaries

ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council announces its 14th annual awards luncheon to be held February 23, 2017, at the Kansas City Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will honor arts leaders and visionaries in our community. Additionally, ArtsKC will kick off its 2017 ArtsKC Fund Campaign, which raises money for arts organizations, arts programs and artists throughout the five-county metropolitan area.

2016 Inspiration Breakfast to Feature Local Composer, Brad Cox

On Thursday, October 6 at 8:00 a.m., ArtsKC will host the 7th annual Inspiration Breakfast at the Overland Park Convention Center. Brad Cox, composer, conductor, musician, and co-founder of the Owen/Cox Dance Group will be the featured speaker.

ArtsKC Raises More than Half a Million Dollars for Local Arts Community!

ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council announced last night that the 2016 ArtsKC Fund Campaign raised $500,203. This is ArtsKC’s second-largest campaign in six years, and fourth-largest since the inception of the ArtsKC Fund in 2007.

ArtsKC Announces 2016 ArtsKC Aperitif Chair Kim Weinberger and Presenting Sponsor Morrill & Janes Bank and Trust

ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council is pleased to announce Kim Weinberger as the 2016 Event Chair for the 3rd annual ArtsKC Aperitif event series presented by Morrill & Janes Bank and Trust.
June 1, 2016

ArtsKC Joins Americans for the Arts’ National Study of the Arts Economic Impact
The Arts Mean Business. That is the message being delivered today by ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council, who announced it has joined the Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.
April 22, 2016

ArtsKC Board of Directors Oppose Missouri SJR39
The Board of Directors of ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council unanimously voted to oppose Senate Joint Resolution 39 (SJR 39) today. ArtsKC stands in opposition beside Gov. Jay Nixon and other good corporate citizens, including the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, VisitKC, Folk Alliance International, MasterCard, and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.
April 19, 2016

ArtsKC Announces 2016 Fund Campaign Cabinet and Honorary Chair, Henry Bloch
Under the leadership of 2016 ArtsKC Fund Campaign Chair Steve McDowell, CEO of BNIM, ArtsKC is kicking off its 2016 Fund Campaign to raise $550,000 for the arts in the five-county region.
February 29, 2016

ArtsKC Honors Local Leaders and Businesses for Elevating the Arts
More than a 1,000 businesspeople and art patrons gathered at the Kansas City Convention Center to see six local leaders and businesses be recognized for their art contributions at the 13th Annual ArtsKC Awards Luncheon.
February 25, 2016

ArtsKC Honors 18 Individuals and Organizations for Support of the Arts
ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council has announced the names of six individuals and 12 organizations that will be honored for their contributions to the arts in greater Kansas city during the 13th Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February 25, 2016.
November 20, 2015

ArtsKC Fund Fuels Creative Economy with 43 Percent More Support for the Arts
A total of 107 artists and organizations were awarded $385,280 in grants from ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council to fund everything from operations to new projects and performances.
September 23, 2015

ArtsKC Announces Chairmen and Featured Artists for 2016 ArtsKC Awards Luncheon
ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council is pleased to announce Terry and Zulema Bassham as Honorary Chairs for the 13th Annual ArtsKC Awards Luncheon to be held on February 25th, 2016 at the Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

ArtsKC teams up with the Royals for Arts Night at The K
On Saturday, September 5, ArtsKC and the Royals are teaming up to bring a little song, dance, and art to The K.
Friday, August 21, 2015

2015 ArtsKC Fund Campaign Raises $519,000!
The 2015 ArtsKC Fund Campaign has raised an historic $519,000, the agency’s largest campaign since 2008.
Friday, July 31, 2015

6th Annual ArtsKC Inspiration Breakfast Honorary Chairman Robert Epsten and Presenting Sponsor Spencer Fane Announced
Robert (Bobby) Epsten will serve as the Honorary Chairman and the law firm of Spencer Fane will be the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Inspiration Breakfast
Thursday, July 16, 2015

ArtsKC Announces Susan Stanton as Interim CEO & President
Becky Blades, chair of the Board of Directors for ArtsKC, today announced the appointment of Susan Stanton
Thursday, July 16, 2015

ArtsKC Announces Resignation of CEO & President Harlan Brownlee
Becky Blades, chair of the Board of Directors for ArtsKC, today announced the resignation of Harlan Brownlee
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sixteen Local Artists Receive Funding For New Work, Professional Development, and Collaboration
Grants totaling $21,000 in funding awarded through ArtsKC Fund
Friday, May 22, 2015

ArtsKC Unveils OneArtsKC – Regional Cultural Plan
Five-county two-state cultural plan UNPRECEDENTED IN THE UNITED STATES
May 8, 2015

Artist INC Announces Artists Selected for Artist INC Live 2015
Artist INC announces the artists selected for the 2015 session of the Artist INC Live Seminar
January 30, 2015

ArtsKC Fund 2015 Campaign Kicks Off By Announcing $500,000 Fundraising Goal
Campaign Chairman and ArtsKC Fund Advocate, Don Dagenais, launches annual fundraising initiative
January 30, 2015

In the News
Our ArtsKC President and CEO Bruce Davis was on KCUR’s Up To Date program yesterday with Daniel Windham of the Wallace Foundation. He discussed how we at ArtsKC engage our community with the arts, and how we plan to continue presenting the arts as a tour de force in the lives of Kansas Citians.
Story by Diane Stafford
The Kansas City Star

Crossroads district is named one of the ‘15 Great Places in America’ by American Planning Association
Story by Ian Cummings
The Kansas City Star

Women forge paths to the top of KC performing arts organizations
Story by Robert Trussell
The Kansas City Star

Bobby Epsten Serves as Honorary Chairman for the 6th Annual ArtsKC Inspiration Breakfast (pg. 74)
Story by Andrea Robinson
KC Studio Magazine

Godfrey Riddle: ArtsKC
Story by Curtis Galloway
The Vital Voice

For Kansas City’s arts scene, leadership shifts and building projects mean summer is a season of change
Story by Steve Paul
The Kansas City Star

ArtsKC Fund campaign raises $519,000
KC Metropolis

ArtsKC Fund raises $519,000 in annual campaign
Story by Diane Stafford
The Kansas City Star

Spencer Fane Presents 6th Annual ArtsKC Inspiration Breakfast
Spencer Fane

Artist Raises Awareness by Telling a Story with City Dataset
Story by Molly Jay

ArtsKC appoints interim CEO
Kansas City Business Journal

ArtsKC CEO Brownlee will resign
Kansas City Business Journal

Harlan Brownlee, CEO of ArtsKC Council, Steps Down
Story by Robert Trussell
The Kansas City Star

ArtsKC CEO Harlan Brownlee Announces His Resignation
Story by C.J. Janovy
KCUR 89.3 FM

Five Counties, Two States, One Arts Plan
Story by Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander
KCUR 89.3 FM

Kansas City Council Candidates On Public Art And Future Of The Crossroads
Story by Laura Spencer
KCUR 89.3 FM

ArtsKC Hosts City Council Candidate Forum
Pushing The Fly Wheel

The Art Of Data Takes Kansas City’s Statistics, Turns Them Into Art
Story By Cody Newill
KCUR 89.3 FM

Cooper McGuire of Gardner Edgerton wins Rising Star Scholarship at Blue Star Awards
Starlight Theatre

Finding Art at City Hall
Kansas City Live

If Data Makes You Cross-Eyed, Maybe You Can Look at it as Art
FOX 4 Newsroom

KC Seen: ArtsKC Aperitif Party
KC Magazine

ArtsKC Unveils City’s New Cultural Plan
Story by Lauren Rutherford
KC Magazine

Kansas City Artists Get A Crash Course In How To Be More Like Business People
by CJ Janovy

Advocate for the Arts (pg. 56)
By Susan Melgren
Kansas City Spaces

ArtsKC Debuts Five-County Plan To Increase Support For Arts In The Region
By C.J. Janovy

The Learning Curve: Arts in the Classroom

Kansas City law firm Spencer Fane announces charitable giving program
The Kansas City Star

The 21 Art Exhibitions You’ll Be Talking About This Year
By Katherine Brooks
The Huffington Post

America’s Best Cities for Music Scenes
By Katrina Brown Hunt

America’s Leading Design Cities
By Richard Florida

The Kansas City arts world can build a community with more people like Steve Metzler
By Steve Paul
Kansas City Star

Steve Metzler recalled as a tireless arts advocate
By Robert Trussell
Kansas City Star

‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ is a play like no other
By Robert Trussell
Kansas City Star

Puppets Bring Paul Mesner’s Inner World to Life
By Gina Kaufmann

In Johnson County vote, King Louie building will live on, but with a different vision
By Roxie Hammill
Kansas City Star

Work Moves Forward On Connecting ‘Long One-Mile’ Between Crossroads, 18th Street
By Laura Spencer

How Important is Public Funding for the Arts?
By Gina Kaufmann, Sylvia Maria Gross & Matthew Long-Middleton

A Region of Riches
By Becky Blades
Leawood Lifestyle

Interview with Harlan Brownlee
The Bridge
KC Local 909 FM

The arts bringing in more than just performers
By Alyson Bruner

Worldwide impact of Kansas City’s art scene pours millions into the area economy
By Alan Goforth
Kansas City Star

KCMO’s ‘The Art of Data’ seeks artists to visually illustrate city data
By David Hudnall
The Pitch

Arts Leaders Seek Funding — And Respect — At The Missouri State Capitol
By CJ Janovy

In the Kansas school funding debate, leave Sumner Academy’s piano alone
By David Pulliam
Kansas City Star

Kansas high school’s $47,000 piano strikes a sour note
By Dion Lefler
Kansas City Star

ArtsKC establishes an ambitious fundraising goal of $500,000
By Diane Stafford
Kansas City Star

As the Nelson-Atkins aims to connect with neighbors, an intriguing plan to grow the lure of art is in the works
By Steve Paul
Kansas City Star

Without Michael Brooks, KC City Council candidates speak up for the arts
By Yael T. Abouhalkah
Kansas City Star

In a public forum, Kansas City Council candidates focus on the engine of the arts
By Steve Paul
Kansas City Star

Eight ArtsKC awards announced
By Diane Stafford
Kansas City Star

Art is especially sweet at ArtsKC Live in the Power & Light District
By Diane Stafford
Kansas City Star

Arts Leaders Dream of Erasing the Kansas-Missouri State Line; Artists Cross It
By Cj Janovy

ArtsKC working on regional recipe to feed the creative appetite
By Jesus Lopez-Gomez
Kansas City Star

Fine artists build business skills, community through Artist INC
By Caitlin Cress

Arts Take Center Stage during ArtsKC Week
By Kathryn Greene
This is KC

ArtsKC broadens its message about funding
Kansas City Star

Arts KC Week event aims to spotlight art, raise funds
By Martin Augustine

Let’s follow the path toward a vibrant city
By Steve Paul
Kansas City Star

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