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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.


Dana M. Knapp has dedicated her career to the arts, design, and education. For over three years she has focused her expertise in support of local nonprofit arts and education organizations through volunteer leadership and consulting.

Prior to that, she served as Director of Programs for the Mid-America Arts Alliance for nearly four years where she provided the oversight of all regional and national programs: grant making, touring exhibitions and professional development for arts professionals. She led the development of a new strategic plan, establishing a revised repertoire of regional programs that serve arts organizations and artists.

Earlier in her career, she worked for almost twenty years at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. As its Director of Planning, she led the Bloch Building construction and the renovation of the Nelson-Atkins Building, including oversight of the capital expansion and the associated planning. She also served as the leader of the museums’ exhibition design team and as a practicing designer.

Dana earned a bachelor’s degree in Design and the History of Art from the University of Kansas. She has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Missouri -Kansas City. Her professional affiliations include: founding board member of the Center for Architecture and Design, board member for the Mattie Rhodes Center, PREPKC and member of the ArtsKC Advisory Council for the past two years.