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Q + A

Q.What is your favorite arts memory?

A. I have two pivotal memories – First, my pottery class at a local arts center as a child. My teacher was a young potter from Denmark, he sparked my passion for sculpture and form. My second, visiting the Tempietto by Bramante in Rome Italy. I studied Renaissance Architecture in college and this was my favorite!

Q. What local tradition do you always sure makes it on your calendar?

A. We try to attend the Symphony in the Flint Hills annually. While it does not occur in Kansas City it is a celebration of Kansas City’s remarkable Symphony!

Q. What movie do you watch at least once a year?

A. Scent of the Green Papaya, Out of Africa, The Usual Suspects, anything Barbara Stanwyck, anything Masterpiece Theater…there are so many.

Q. Why do you support the arts?

A. I believe the arts – all forms –  can be the truest expression of our humanity – so it is very important to ensure the freedom to create, the unconditional support, and the unencumbered access for all.


Dedicated to the advancement of art, design, and education, Dana Knapp has been the President and CEO of ArtsKC since 2017, focusing services to ensure inclusive engagement and equitable investment in the regional arts and culture ecosystem. Prior to her work at ArtsKC, she served as Director of Programs for the Mid-America Arts Alliance deploying regional and national grantmaking, touring exhibitions, and professional development programs for arts professionals. Before focusing on arts administration, she was a practicing designer and capital project director. She worked for twenty years at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art leading the Bloch Building planning and construction. She began her career as an exhibition designer. Dana holds degrees in Design and the History of Art & Architecture from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Missouri -Kansas City. She has advanced education in fundraising, civil mediation, and is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute. Throughout her career, she has provided consultative services in education, strategic planning, and executive leadership. She served as a founding board member of the Center for Architecture and Design, and is a current member of the KU School of Architecture and Design Advisory Board, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Missouri Citizens for the Arts.