Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The Gallery Event Space | 7:30-9:00am
Event Co-Chairs: Chuck McCann and Dana Abraham
Featuring: Arts in Prison, ArtsKC Grant Recipient

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. This event is not open to the public.

Questions? Please contact Paige DuBay at DuBay@ArtsKC.org 


The event is held at The Gallery Event Space at 61 E. 14th Street, Kansas City, MO in between Bristol and BRGR in the Kansas City Power & Light District. 

KC LIVE! Garage
The KC Live! Parking Garage is an underground garage beneath the Power and Light District. It is free parking with validation at The Gallery, which will be done at event check-in. See the map here.

KC Street Car Park and Ride
The Street Car is a fabulous option for those who work in the Crossroads or Downtown. The Power and Light – 14th and Main Stop – would put you right where you need to be. See their website for stops and parking options.

Reserved Surface Lots – LIMITED SPOTS 
Lot 1 is located behind The Gallery is located on the south side of The Gallery parallel to Truman Road. The entrance is located on the East side of Main Street in between Truman and 14th Street. Free parking is available for approximately 80 guests.

Lot 2 is located behind the Alamo Theater on Baltimore in between Truman and 14th Street.

To get to The Gallery, walk North to 14th Street from the lot(s) and head East on 14th Street. The Gallery is located on 14th in between Main and Walnut between BRGR and Bristol. You will see a sign for Kill Devil Club — the event space in the same building as The Gallery.

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2017 Sponsorships
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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.

2017 Event Leadership


photo by: Tom Styrkowicz 

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:

Ada Koch
Aimee Larrabee
Alison Patterson
Amy McAnarney & David Hunt
Amy Slattery
Angela Hurt & Hillary Stamper
Barb Bloch
Becky Blades
Brad Douglas
Chuck McCann
Cindy Reynolds
Dana Abraham
Dana Knapp
Danny McGeorge
Darcy Stewart & Maria Maffry
David Wiley & Tom Nagel
Dawn Zerbs, Dawn Celeste LLC
Don Dagenais
Eileen Weir
Gerron Blackwell & Amanda Campbell
Greg Lever
Jon Stephens
Lydia Allen
Marjorie & Jeff Adair
Melea McRae
Nate Orr
Rachael & Kanon Cozad
Richard Wetzel
Robert Quackenbush
Roxann Kerr Lindsey
Sheila Seck
Stewart Stein
Tammy & Lester Ham
Teri Rogers
Tom Corbin
Vicky Kulikov

In-Kind Partners: