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Heather manages Grants, Board & Committee Matchmaking, and supports Advocacy communications.

Q + A

Q. What is your favorite arts memory?

A. When I first stepped into the Chinese Temple Gallery at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, I felt transported through time and space. Every inch of the room is exquisitely crafted out of carved wood and stone. Tall red pillars hold up a fabulous ceiling with Pa-Kua symbols and dragons. A Guanyin Bodhisattva statue presides over the space with grace and beauty. I love to revisit this space and listen to other visitors learn about China, Buddhism and museum installations such as this one.

Q. What local tradition are you always sure to keep on your calendar?

A. I love going to Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. The art is highly imaginative, polished and awe-inspiring.

Q. What do you do with your spare time?

A. Studying art history occupies much of my time, but I also enjoy the amazing variety of art exhibitions, music, theatre and dance events that are available in our region every week.

Q. Why do you support the arts?

A. I support the arts because they express the vitality and resilience of our community.


Heather Beffa holds a BFA in Printmaking from Kansas City Art Institute, and is pursuing a MA in Art History from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. As an artist and arts administrator, she is dedicated to expressing the needs of artists and arts organizations to those in positions of power. She is driven by the strengths of artists: creativity, flexibility, and a commitment to expression. As the Grants Manager, Heather facilitates hundreds of applications for funding a year, convenes decision committees, administers approvals and denials, and provides critical feedback to applicants. She mentors individual artists and the leaders of arts organizations, and as part of doing this work, renovated the online ArtsKC Resource center to include local, national and international opportunities. Heather managed the Board and Committee Matchmaking program, which prepared future service members to join community arts leadership. She maintains several databases of artists and arts organizations, which keeps ArtsKC in good contact with its primary constituents. She assesses grantmaking data for use in foundation grant reporting, and to leverage in advocacy messaging. Before joining ArtsKC, she built experience in operations in the corporate rail industry, as a picture framer in small business, and as a prepress technician in commercial printing. Heather is also a frequent audience member and patron of the arts across disciplines.