2017 Inspiration Breakfast

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Gallery | 7:30-9:00am

Event Co-Chairs: Chuck McCann and Dana Abraham

Featuring: Arts in Prison, ArtsKC Grant Recipient

Check back soon for more information about the 2017 Event

The 8th annual Inspiration Breakfast will be an opportunity to learn how ArtsKC’s missions and programs unleash the power of the arts for the benefit of the Kansas City region.

Please contact Paige DuBay at DuBay@ArtsKC.org with questions.

2017 Sponsorships
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    For sponsors at the $5,000 level and up, please select the level below and you will be invoiced, to remove the high cost of credit card processing fees.
    • Opportunity to be the ONLY corporate or foundation sponsor of the 8th Annual ArtsKC Inspiration Breakfast • Company logo on all event materials, including: • Save the Date/Invitation Communications • Event print program • Pre and Post-event digital communications • Event web page and ArtsKC.org homepage for 12 months • Event sponsor recognition loop • Name opportunity: “2017 Inspiration Breakfast presented by...” • Sponsor recognition from podium • Sponsor banner displayed in the venue • Recognition in social media • Featured article in ArtsKC Unleashed print newsletter (5,000) • Premier VIP seating for 10 guests • Opportunity to contribute items for event tables • Logo on nametags at the event • Logo on all table signage • Featured Artist Sponsorship at the 15th Annual ArtsKC Awards Luncheon on March 8, 2018 (visit ArtsKC.org/Awards for info)
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2017 Event Co-Chairs


Dana Abraham (UMB Bank) & Chuck McCann (The Whitlock Company)

Dana Abraham joined UMB in 2005. As President of the Personal Banking Division for UMB Bank, she is responsible for the development and strategic execution of Personal Banking initiatives. Dana leverages her breadth of industry experience to drive the service and revenue goals of the division and oversees senior leadership teams in creating innovative solutions and ensuring a seamless client experience for the consumer banking channel, as well as the wealth management channel.

A 30 year industry veteran, Dana has experience in Credit Administration, Commercial Banking, Private Banking and Wealth Management. Prior to joining UMB, Dana was employed by Bank of America where she served as senior vice president, market manager of the Premier Banking and Investment division (Midwest Region).

Dana earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in both accounting and economics from the University of Louisiana.

She is a graduate of the Leadership Overland Park and Kansas City Tomorrow Leadership programs. Dana chairs the Board of Directors of the REACH Foundation. She is active with the Women’s Foundation, ArtsKC and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative. She is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Greater Kansas City and currently serves as chair of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Executive Women’s Leadership Council. She was recognized as one of the Kansas City Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business class of 2011.

Dana is a mother of three – Jonathan, Matthew and Christopher; master to Boudreaux (golden doodle).

Charles McCann has been a licensed CPA since 1971. McCann was a founder of the national firm, Mayer Hoffman McCann, and served for over ten years as the firm’s first managing partner.  He was the former president of the Kansas City Society of CPAs and has held many civic and charitable board positions.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Accounting from Wichita State University and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Pittsburg State University.  He is a frequent speaker for both clients and CPA firms on Compensation and Exit Strategies and is the author of the book, Harvard Should Give MBAs to Paperboys now in its second printing and first published in 1995.

Currently Charles is a partner in charge of the Kansas City office of The Whitlock Company, CPAs, based in Springfield, Missouri. In addition he is a managing partner of McCann, CPA, PC providing tax planning and consulting services to other CPA firms and small business clients.

McCann served 17 years as a city wide elected trustee of the Metropolitan Community Colleges and has served on numerous boards including BCBS of Missouri and 15 years with the Kansas City Shakespeare Festival and is currently a board member of ArtsKC.

2017 Table Ambassadors

Table Ambassadors are essential to the success of ArtsKC’s annual Inspiration Breakfast. Check back soon for a list of our dedicate volunteers.

Please contact Paige DuBay (DuBay@ArtsKC.org) for details on becoming part of this select group of arts advocates.

2017 Featured Grant Recipient


Arts in Prison

“Do you have any idea what it feels like to get a standing ovation when you’ve been told your whole life that you are worthless?”

Arts in Prison uses the arts to inspire positive change in the incarcerated, to reduce recidivism, and to reconnect ex-offenders with their communities. Their programs provides opportunities for inmates to prove that they are more than the sum of their crimes. By providing arts education and experiences for inmates in Kansas state prisons and detention centers, these members of society, who have been locked away and often forgotten, are given a chance for self-reflection and an opportunity to create something beautiful.  Whether it is a song, a stage performance, a photograph or a painting, they have created something that brings joy to others.

A positive experience allows an incarcerated person to begin to have hope and hope is what allows them to believe that they will get out of prison and that they will lead positive and productive lives on the outside.

The recidivism rate among former East Hill Singers, our longest running program, is 18% as compared to 32% for the state of Kansas and greater than 50% for the United States.

Arts in Prison Programs: East Hill Singers, Writing, Communication Arts, Performing Art, Textiles, Visual Arts

Arts in Prison’s Core Beliefs:

• We believe that it is possible for inmates to change their lives;

• We believe that in addition to new skills and attitudes, offenders need an inclusive, non-judgmental atmosphere in order to change;

• We believe that involving trained community volunteers delivering arts classes and programs provides effective mentoring that helps offenders shape their behavior patterns;

• We believe that powerful experiences through various art forms can help transform the thinking and aspirations of offenders, volunteers and community.