Jonathan Thomas

JThomas@ArtsKC.org | Direct 816.994.9223

Jonathan leads our corporate engagement strategies, manages our grants submission process, and collaborates with the program department on workplace and business programs.  Jonathan also manages relationships with our outstanding group of corporate and individual donors. 

Q + A

Q. What book do you always recommend to a friend looking for a good read?

A. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez or just about anything by John Irving.

Q. What do you do on your days off?

A. My wife and I like to explore the KC arts and food scene. We also enjoy hanging with the family and spending time outside.

Q. What music dominates your library?

A. 90s R & B, Rock from the 60s – 80s, and music I’ve had to practice over the years.

Q. Why do you support the arts?

A. Nothing combines intelligence, creativity, relaxation, and a sense of something greater than yourself like the arts.

Bio

Jonathan Thomas, Senior Development Manager, joined the ArtsKC team in October of 2018. Jonathan is thrilled to return to the Kansas City area from San Francisco. While there, he served as the Development Manager for The Walden School, a music program for aspiring composers and musicians. Always finding ways to fit music into his life, Jonathan performed as a soloist and professional chorister with the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus and the small ensemble Cappella SF.  Before moving to San Francisco in 2014, Jonathan divided his time between building an insurance agency and singing professionally in the Kansas City area. He has performed with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Chorale, New Theatre Restaurant, and the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers and is a strong believer in the impact of the arts in the Kansas City community.

Jonathan spent most of his childhood in Olathe, Kansas and earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of Kansas in 2001. Jonathan’s passion for the arts motivated him to step away from his insurance agency and concentrate on fundraising and administration in the arts. He is excited to continue that journey in the Kansas City area with ArtsKC.