Ovation Grant Recipients
Ovation Grants are awarded to firmly established not-for-profit arts organizations that have a broad reach and impact throughout the metropolitan area. Current Ovation recipients serve a regional audience with performances, programs, and exhibitions that have a combined attendance of over 2 million annually.
Applications for ArtsKC Ovation Grants are invitation-only.
Organizations approved for Ovation funding in 2018-2019 will receive support for their operations and programs during the one-year period beginning July 1, 2018.
For organizations interested in being considered for Ovation funding, please contact Heather Beffa: Beffa@ArtsKC.org.
ArtsKC 2018 – 2019 Ovation Grant Recipients
American Jazz Museum
To celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through research, exhibition, education, and performance at one of the country’s jazz crossroads – 18th & Vine.
The Coterie exists to provide professional classic and contemporary theatre which challenges audience and artist, and to provide educational, dramatic outreach programs in the community. We seek to open lines of communication between races, sexes and generations in redefining children’s theatre to include families and diverse audiences.
To preserve Kansas City’s oldest historic theater as a premier performance venue by presenting, producing, and hosting a wide range of quality events for the community.
Friends of Chamber Music
People need beauty, inspiration and spiritual sustenance to lead fulfilled lives. Chamber music speaks to us with an intimate and poetic voice, which can be transformative and life affirming. We provide our community with the joys and rewards of the world’s greatest chamber music.
Our mission is to bring the best of the performing arts to Kansas City audiences, and to inspire area youth and lifelong learners through superior educational programs.
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
To make Shakespeare’s works accessible to a diverse audience through free professional theater and educational programs.
Heartland Men’s Chorus
Heartland Men’s Chorus provides excellence in performance while advancing men’s choral music, building community, and reaching out to diverse audiences.
Johnson County Community College – Carlsen Center
The Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College connects and enriches the community by: serving as a national and community leader for the performing arts, presenting professional performing arts programming, providing a comprehensive arts education program, commissioning and presenting new artistic work and advancing and assisting in the development of new artistic work and the careers of young and gifted artists.
Kansas City Art Institute
The mission of the Kansas City Art Institute is to be a leader in visual arts and design education by preparing gifted students for lifelong creativity through intensive interaction with preeminent faculty and facilities and by stimulating active public awareness, support and participation in the visual arts and design.
Kansas City Ballet
Our mission is to establish Kansas City Ballet as an indispensable asset of the Kansas City community through exceptional performances, excellence in dance training, and community education for all ages. The vision of Kansas City Ballet is to make Kansas City a dance destination.
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
The mission of Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA) is making dance accessible to all people by presenting the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, teaching young people critical life skills through dance, and modeling interracial and multi-cultural community partnerships.
Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s mission is to serve the greater Kansas City area as one of the nation’s leading regional professional theatres by producing innovative works that are diverse, literate, and timely, and by providing transformative educational and community services.
Kansas City Symphony
To transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music, accomplished by great performances for greater audiences.
Kansas City Young Audiences
The mission of KCYA is to engage all youth in the arts, promote creativity and inspire success in education.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Founded in 1994, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents modern and contemporary art of the highest quality and significance. It collects, preserves, documents, interprets, and exhibits a growing permanent collection; develops and presents special exhibitions; and offers a variety of educational programs. Admission is free, and the Kemper Museum serves a diverse and inclusive public population.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
The Lyric Opera of Kansas City exists to enrich the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the region by offering a broad repertoire of professional operatic experiences.
Mesner Puppet Theater
The mission of Mesner Puppet Theater is to perform quality, humorous, honest, and entertaining productions of classic and contemporary stories that stir the creativity and imagination within each person; educating children, families and educators in the art of live puppetry.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and the varied cultures they represent. It is committed through its collections and programs to being a vital partner in the educational and cultural life of Kansas City and a preeminent institution both nationally and internationally. It strives to achieve this goal by adherence to the highest professional standards in the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of works of art.
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
The mission of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and its campus-wide art installation program is to be an interdisciplinary academic resource for students and faculty, and a cultural center for exhibiting, interpreting, collecting and preserving works of contemporary art in a wide range of media.
The mission of the Starlight Theatre Association of Kansas City, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is to present first-quality professional entertainment and arts education to diverse audiences, while building an appreciation for the performing arts and preserving and enhancing the Starlight venue for future generations. As it carries out this mission, Starlight will remain committed to family-oriented entertainment at affordable prices, with a focus on musical theatre.
UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance
On the designated performing arts campus at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, the Conservatory of Music and Dance is a community that advances creativity, performance, scholarship, and learning in the arts. We are a vital partner in Kansas City’s rich cultural environment, providing the highest level of professional instruction and an extensive array of performances. As a community we collaborate to balance tradition and innovation, diversity and unity, as we seek to serve art and humanity.
Unicorn Theatre enhances Kansas City by developing and producing professional, provocative, new plays. We create opportunities for the advancement of emerging and established actors, directors, playwrights, designers, technicians, and administrative staff.
Ovation Grant Committee 2018-2019 Bios
An accomplished executive leader and strategic thinker with more than 30 years of diverse technology experience, Kanon Cozad is the Managing Principal of Pianosa Technology Partners, a technology management consultancy focused on offering virtual-CIO and Big Data Analytics services to business around the globe. Prior to starting Pianosa, Kanon spent several decades in various technical and senior management roles in a number of industries and locations. He is a regular speaker at conferences on various industry, management, and technology topics. Kanon has been involved in the Kansas City arts scene for years, as both an engaged participant and in Board roles with the Business Committee for the Arts, the KC Ballet, Studios Inc, and now with ArtsKC (as Board Chair). He and his wife, Rachael Blackburn Cozad, also host numerous arts community events at their home, and he takes immense pride in playing a small role in the diverse fabric of such a robust arts community as Kansas City’s. He’s also a partners in two arts-related businesses: Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals and Rachael Cozad Fine Art. Kanon holds a degree in English Literature from William Jewell College. When not wrangling technology or rooting for the KU Jayhawks and Kansas City Royals, he can be found blogging about cars (KanonOnCars.com), zooming around the countryside on one of his Italian motorcycles, or wrangling his beloved German Shorthaired Pointer, Ruscha, and precocious Doberman Pinscher, Stella. He and Rachael live in Kansas City, MO, in the Union Hill neighborhood.
Loretta M. Britton, MD, MPH, MS is a retired Vice President and Medical Director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. Prior to her 18 years of corporate experience with BCBSKC she was a practicing community physician (pediatrician) in Kansas City, Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, and Washington DC.
Dr. Britton obtained her Masters Degree in Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from the University of California, Berkeley; her Masters of Science Degree (Genetics and Natural Selection Mechanisms) from Washington University; and her Medical Degree from Howard University. She is a patron of the arts and sciences and currently has served or is serving on the boards and committees of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey Board of Directors, the Women’s Public Service Network, the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, the Harriman-Jewell Council, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Committee on Collections, the Truman Medical Center Charitable Board Foundation, the Hospital Hill Economic Development Council, and the board of the Lyric Opera. She was the Honorary Co-Chair of the 2015 Awards Luncheon for the ArtsKC Regional Arts Council and was an ArtsKC Virtuoso Awards Finalist in 2017. Dr. Britton was the Chairperson of the 2016 Prelude Gala of the Harriman-Jewell Series. She is a community outreach and educational advisor and currently serves on the Regional Advisory Council’s Affiliate Board of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Dr. Britton is a collector of fine art with special interests in the contributions of people of color. She is currently enjoying retirement while expanding her appreciation of the visual and performing arts, international travel, and a re-acquaintance with her piano.
Chelan David is Director of Development for Youth Volunteer Corps, a nonprofit established in 1987 that creates volunteer opportunities for youth while addressing community needs. He currently holds board of director positions at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation, the International Relations Council, and KU Advancement Board. Chelan graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. His writings have appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Spin, CNN.com, Writer’s Digest, Smart Business, Entrepreneur, and the Kansas City Business Journal.
Archie Scott Gobber is a painter, sculptor and native Missourian working in Kansas City, Missouri. Gobber’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally, and resides in many museum, public and private collections – most recently his painting “Piece” was acquired by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. In 1998 he received a Charlotte Street Award and more recently, in 2011, an American Institute of Architects Allied Arts and Craftsmanship Honor Award for his public sculpture titled “Dream” for Missouri Bank and Trust Company. Gobber has been an instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute and served as a mentor for the Charlotte Street Studio Recipients’ program. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1988.
Ed Peterson has been engaged as an advocate for public arts programs for more than two decades. He was an early advocate in Kansas and leader of the effort to obtain passage of the legislation creating the Bi-state taxing authority for arts and culture that became the vehicle for restoration of Union Station. Mr. Peterson has served as a commissioner on the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners from 2003 – 2015. He led the creation of a 1% for Art policy applicable to construction of Johnson County facilities. He also led creation of the employee arts fair. Mr. Peterson has served on the Board of Directors of the ArtsKC and of the Johnson County Arts Commission and currently serves on the Board of the InterUrban ArtHouse in Overland Park.
Madeline Romious, Regional Vice President – External Affairs, AT&T Missouri, has been with AT&T since 1988. Since 2004 she has been responsible for legislative affairs, community, civic and external affairs activities in the Kansas City, Missouri region. Romious serves on the boards of the Kansas City Police Foundation, Kansas City Economic Development Council, The Partnership for Regional Education Preparation Kansas City (PREPKC), Greater Kansas City YMCA, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI), Associated Industries of Missouri, Grandview Chamber of Commerce, Rockhurst University Board of Trustees, Greater Kansas City Links, Incorporated – Arts Facet Committee Member. She attended Northwestern University and received a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering and Rockhurst University where she received an MBA. She attends Friendship Baptist Church, has a senior at MU and a Beagle (Shannon) and a Lab Shepard mix (Winnie).
Dawn Taylor, Executive Director, American Institute of Architects
Dawn joined American Institute of Architects Kansas City as Executive Director in June 2010. Previously, she spent 17 years in fund raising for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. During Dawn’s tenure at AIA Kansas City, the chapter has won two national AIA awards and reached its highest membership numbers in the chapter’s history. Dawn has developed partnerships with economic development agencies, arts organizations, elected officials, and other civic leadership groups. Her leadership accomplishments include the launch of Center for Architecture & Design in 2014, along with the rapid expansion of KC Design Week since its inception in 2010. Dawn graduated with honors from Duke University. She served on the national board of the Duke Alumni Association for four years and has served at the local level for more than 28 years. In Kansas City, she is a founding member of the Executive Council of Rightfully Sewn. She has traveled to Kajjansi, Uganda four times in recent years to volunteer at St. Mary Kevin Children’s Home. In 2014, she was named a “Rising Star of Philanthropy” by Nonprofit Connect. She is the mother of two daughters.
Qiana Thomason is the Vice President, Population Health Solutions for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC). She oversees population health strategies for Blue KC’s care and utilization management programs and alternative payment and care delivery partnerships with healthcare providers. Qiana and her team are focused on improving the health and wellness of Blue KC members and the Kansas City community and facilitating smarter spending on behalf of the healthcare system at large. Qiana provides thought leadership in care delivery transformation including behavioral health and socioeconomic factors that influence health outcomes. Qiana is also committed to serving the Kansas City community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for ArtsKC and William Jewell College, is the immediate past Board Chair of Kansas City Young Audiences and was an appointee of Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ Blue Ribbon Airport Terminal Advisory Group. Qiana’s commitment to public service extends to her personal time, volunteering regularly with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and the Jackson County (MO) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Qiana received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Social Work from Florida A&M University, graduating from both institutions Summa Cum Laude.
Event Co- Chairs
Nate Orr, Spencer Fane
Richard Wetzel, Centric Projects
The Living Room Theatre
Horn Quartet from the Kansas City Symphony
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City Convention Center | Grand Ballroom
1502 Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
The street level entrances to the Grand Ballroom are located in the SW corner of 14th and Wyandotte, and in the NW corner of 16th and Wyandotte.
The parking garage recommended for this event is the Arts District Garage (Kauffman Center Parking Garage). The Arts District parking garage is located at 17th & Broadway Blvd, just south of the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, with multiple access points to surrounding streets. The Garage is $10 cash or credit.
Please be aware, the northbound lane of Wyandotte Street between 14th and 16th Streets will be closed, due to construction of the new Loews Convention Hotel. The southbound lane of Wyandotte Street between 14th and 16th Streets will remain open as a one-way southbound.
We encourage you to consider carpooling or walking to lessen the impact on our environment.
The KC Streetcar:
The KC Streetcar is free to ride and connects Union Station and River Market along a single, 2.2-mile route. The Kauffman Center stop at 16th & Main is only a short walk from the event.
- Arts Advocate Award – Mayor Carl Gerlach, Overland Park, KS
- Education Award – PASEO Academy of Fine and Performing Arts
- Innovator Award – Kansas City Artists Coalition
- Creative Impact Award – Spencer Fane
- Virtuoso Award – David Oliver
- Arts Advocate Award – Mark McHenry, KCMO Parks & Recreation
- Education Award – DeLaSalle Education Center
- Innovator Award – HALO Foundation
- Creative Impact Award – JE Dunn Construction
- ArtsKC Fund Excellence Award – Bank of Blue Valley
- Virtuoso Award – Lee Pentecost
- Arts Advocate Award – City Councilman Allan Gray, Lee’s Summit, MO
- Education Award – Creative Co/Lab, Shawnee Mission East High School
- Innovator Award – After School Arts Program, Mattie Rhodes Art Center
- Creative Impact Award – Missouri Bank
- ArtsKC Fund Excellence Award – BNIM
- Virtuoso Award – Marilyn Strauss
- Arts Advocate – Ed Peterson
- Corporate Leader in the Arts – Brad Nicholson
- Creative Industry – Dimensional Innovations
- Creative Workspace – HINT
- Impact Award – Mersoft
- Virtuoso Award – Mauricio Zuniga
- ArtsKC Fund Employee Commitment – Stinson Leonard Street LLP
- ArtsKC Fund Corporate Leadership Award – Bank of America
- Jay Tomlinson – Virtuoso Award
- Hotel Phillips – Impact Award
- Reactor Design Studio – Creative Workspace Award
- Red Dirt – Creative Industry Award
- Grant Burcham – Corporate Leader Award
- Mayor Sly James – Arts Advocate Award
- Stinson Leonard Street – ArtsKC Fund Corporate Leader Award
- RMT Architecture – ArtsKC Fund Employee Commitment Award
- Cheryl Kimmi – Virtuoso
- VML – Impact Award
- ArtsKC Fund Workplace Giving Awards
o McCown Gordon Construction – Small-Sized Company Award
o Stinson Morrison Hecker – Mid-Sized Company Award
o Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City – Large-Sized Company Award
o Kansas City Art Institute – Nonprofit Award
o Zimmer – Best New Campaign Award
o Rees Masilionis Turley – Most Improved Campaign Award
- Don Dagenais – Virtuoso
- Downtown Council – Impact Award
- ArtsKC Fund Workplace Giving Awards
o McCown Gordon Construction – Small-Sized Company Award
o Stinson Morrison Hecker – Mid-Sized Company Award
o Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City – Large-Sized Company Award
o Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – Nonprofit Award
o Shook Hardy & Bacon – Best New Campaign Award
o Johnson County Kansas – Most Improved Campaign Award
- Steve Metzler and Brian Williams – Virtuoso
- Sprint Foundation – pARTnership – Impact Award
- ArtsKC Fund Workplace Giving Awards
- Kansas City Area Development Council – Small
- Stinson Morrison Hecker – Mid-sized
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City – Large
- Kansas City Repertory Theatre – Nonprofit
- Sybil Noble, Ark of Friends – Virtuoso
- UMB Financial Corporation – pARTnership
- The Center for Child Health & Development at KU Medical Center – pARTnership
- ArtsKC Fund Workplace Giving Awards
o Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce – Small
o Stinson Morrison Hecker – Mid-sized
o Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City – Large
o Kansas City Repertory Theatre – Nonprofit
- Kuhn & Wittenborn – Small-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- Bernstein-Rein Advertising – Medium-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- UMB Bank – Large-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- Mallin Gibson Family Properties – Small-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- Embassy Landscape Group – Mid-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- H&R Block – Large-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- Helix Architecture+Design – Small-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- A.Zahner Architectural Metals – Mid-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- Hallmark – Large-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- Nash Resources – Small-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- Sweet Life– Medium-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of KC– Large-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- Ehinger Properties – Small-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- American Century Investments– Large-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- BNIM – Medium-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- Rees Masilionis Turley Architecture– Small-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- Golden Star – Medium-Sized Company pARTnership Award
- Truman Medical Center– Large-Sized Company pARTnership Award
Workplace Giving Campaigns can be fun, easy ways to get your employees engaged and excited about the creative community in Kansas City!
Effective and imaginative Workplace Giving Campaigns stimulate creativity, build teamwork and generate positive feelings about your company. In addition, employees become more connected to the community, discover ways to enrich personal and family life and derive satisfaction from supporting the arts.
A Workplace Giving Campaign for ArtsKC is also efficient. In one campaign, employees have the opportunity to support a broad base of local arts and cultural offerings with one donation, or designate their contribution to the efforts they most want to support.
You can also leverage your Workplace Campaign as a way to showcase your employees’ individual artistic talents through an employee or family showcase, art auction or other special event.
STEP 1 – Commit
I know you’re excited to start planning your arts campaign but there is a little paperwork we need, first! Before you get going, contact Lydia at Allen@ArtsKC.org to secure a few necessary documents.
Once that pesky paperwork is out of the way:
Organize a planning committee, gain management support, and select your Campaign dates.
Not all companies organize a Workplace Giving planning committee, but it’s helpful to do particularly if you are in a large company or would like to engage employees in Campaign activities.
Potential Workplace Giving Committee Responsibilities:
- Determine/review Campaign budget.
- Develop and implement Campaign strategy/schedule.
- Plan and promote Campaign events – art shows, employee performances, finger-painting in the breakroom, etc.
- Ensure all employees are made aware of the Campaign and asked to consider making a contribution.
- Develop incentives, in collaboration with ArtsKC.
- Promote the Campaign.
The level of involvement by your CEO or top management sets the tone for the entire effort and is one of the most important aspects of a successful campaign.
Ways management can support the campaign:
- Authorize payroll deduction.
- Authorize a corporate matching gift.
- Be visibly engaged in the campaign.
- Allow company time for campaign training, planning & presentations.
- Send a letter or e-mail message to all employees endorsing the campaign.
- Select a senior manager to conduct a Leadership Campaign. Individual leadership giving begins with an annual gift of $500.
- Send a letter or e-mail message to all executives encouraging a Leadership Gift of $500 or more.
- Attend and speak at the company’s kickoff and closing events.
STEP 2 – Plan
The most successful ArtsKC Campaigns are the ones that make it about more than ‘just another fundraiser’. These campaigns invite grant recipients to perform in their offices, showcase employee artwork at happy hour receptions, start story chains via email and/or host silent or live auctions for fabulous activities and prizes! You can be as creative or simple with your Campaign activities, but try to make it fun!
Click here to download the ArtsKC Campaign Timeline and Checklist.
STEP 3 – Launch
Launch your campaign with marketing and communications:
- Templates – Posters and Communications Templates
- Campaign Materials – Electronic Pledge forms, Campaign Commitment Form, and End of Campaign Report
- Campaign Examples + Ideas – Samples of successful workplace giving campaigns
- Video Testimonials – from ArtsKC grant recipients
STEP 4 – Profit! (for the arts, of course!)
Distribute pledge forms, collect donations and have fun!
- Payroll Deduction
- Monthly recurring gift
- Quarterly recurring gift
Giving to ArtsKC is easy and can be done in many ways! We need a record of each donation to accurately give you credit for your campaign success, but we can provide printed pledge forms, electronic forms, or direct employees to our secure online donation page. Employees can make a pledge, sign up for a recurring monthly or quarterly donation, or make a one-time contribution by check, cash, or credit card. Payroll deduction is available at most workplace giving companies and is an easy way to make a big impact on the region’s arts community!
2017 Calendar .pdf– Johnson County Government
2017 T-Shirts – Johnson County Government
2017 Poster .pdf – Johnson County Government
- Invite artists and representatives from local arts organizations to speak and/or give performances.
- Share your CEO/Senior Manager’s endorsement of the campaign with all employees.
- Provide a corporate match of employee gifts.
- Recruit campaign committee members from ALL levels and departments within your organization.
- Establish friendly competitions.
- Find an employee to perform and/or talk about the positive impact of the arts.
- Personalize pledge forms and collect them from ALL employees regardless of whether or not they make a contribution.
- Identify a campaign theme and plan fun and creative activities throughout your campaign.
- Offer incentives for giving…raffles, additional PTO days, etc.
Sample Campaign: 15 Minutes
|Comments/Endorsement||CEO or Sr. Manager||3 minutes|
|Speaker/Performer||Artist, Arts Organization, or ArtsKC||5 minutes|
Make case for giving
ASK for donations
|ECM and/or Campaign Committee Members||5 minutes|
Have an extra 5 or even 10 minutes? Include a fun game or hands-on art activity.
Sample Campaign: Five Days
One to four weeks before the Campaign begins:
- Announce your campaign schedule including theme, performances and any special events.
- Hold a kickoff event, announce goals and distribute pledge forms and brochures to all employees.
- Have your CEO or senior management encourage participation and personally endorse the campaign.
- Send an e-mail or letter to each employee explaining the importance of ArtsKC Grants and Programs.
- Invite an ArtsKC speaker or grant recipient to address your employees. Contact Lydia Allen at Allen@ArtsKC.org to schedule a presentation.
- Provide entertainment and talent. Contact Lydia Allen at Allen@ArtsKC.org to schedule a performance or artist.
- Showcase the arts by holding creative and fun events and/or contests.
- Feature performances by your own talented staff members.
- Report campaign progress.
- Announce early-bird raffle specials.
- Remind everyone to turn in their pledge forms on time.
- Host an afternoon arts event.
- Host a closing arts event to announce results.
- Thank all participants.
ArtsKC Donor and Community Arts Volunteer
“Throughout history, the arts have required patrons. Arts don’t exist without patrons. [Through ArtsKC] we have a chance to contribute. You don’t have to be a big multi-million dollar corporation in order to be a patron. We can give what we can, and it can have a true impact.”
“Supporting the arts is fundamental to creating a thriving and diverse community. Having grown up and greatly benefited from the arts and cultural organizations in KC, I feel that it’s my responsibility to support those organizations and new ones to come well into the future. Donating to ArtsKC is one of the small ways I can do that.”
President, Bank of Blue Valley, Former ArtsKC Campaign Cabinet Member
ArtsKC Donor Since 1999
“I give because I believe a healthy, vibrant arts environment is a critical element for the Kansas City region to achieve success and growth in the future. The ArtsKC Grantmaking program helps me contribute to expanding the arts landscape in our region.”
Director of Grants, Synergy Services, Inc.
ArtsKC Grant Recipient
“Synergy’s Youth Resiliency Arts Program fills a major gap in services for teens at great risk for HIV infection, pregnancy, substance abuse, suicide attempts, gang affiliation, and learning difficulties by providing access to high-quality arts programming. Art is one of the best tools available to help a young person’s inner conversation shift from deficits to assets. The most traumatized youth gain confidence when engaging in artistic endeavors made possible through grants from community partners like ArtsKC.”
Executive Director, KCK Chamber
ArtsKC Donor Since 2014
“I give because I believe in a Greater KC. The ArtsKC Grantmaking program provides me the platform to meaningfully contribute to arts and culture – critical pillars of any thriving city.”
Executive Director, Youth Symphony of Kansas City
ArtsKC Grant Recipient
“Our involvement with ArtsKC has increased awareness of the Youth Symphony program, which in turn increases access to the program. We are dedicated to community-wide access to classical music. With the support of ArtsKC…we are able to ensure access to live classical music in parts of the city otherwise devoid of such performances.”
ArtsKC Donor Since 2012
“On a personal level, I love that ArtsKC supports artists, musicians, writers and other creative people at all levels in many and varied ways. A small grant can make a huge difference to someone’s ability to continue to create.
In the big picture of the global world, we have achieved much in the information age. For our civilization to continue to grow, we need to be creative and innovative, too. I believe initiatives such as ArtsKC Grants provide our people, our businesses and our city with the ability to continue to be creative and innovative. By nurturing the arts and creative people, we will grow our population, our economy and our businesses. As we become known as a creative arts community, businesses will benefit from the creative process and the innovative ideas creative people bring.”
Short Film Maker
ArtsKC Grant Recipient
“The ArtsKC grant helped me afford professional post-production elements for my short film, A Good Match. The high post-production quality helped my film land a spot in a very competitive film festival, LunaFest, which accepts eight entries out of 900 submissions. These are then screened at 150 venues in the U.S. and Canada. The film was shot in Kansas City, features Kansas City actors and the majority of the crew is from Kansas City. As the film travels this coming year, it will draw attention to Kansas City as a place with the resources and talent to support independent filmmaking.”
Workplace Giving FAQ’s
How do I start a workplace campaign at my company?
Contact Lydia Allen at Allen@ArtsKC.org or (816) 994-9223.
What does the Employee Campaign Manager do?
The Employee Campaign Manger (ECM) is the leader of the Campaign at a company. They are the person who selects Campaign dates, communicates with ArtsKC staff to secure materials and plan presentations or performances, organizes activities, distributes pledge forms, and collects donations and/or pledges to report back to ArtsKC.
Do I have to have payroll deduction set up at my company in order to do a campaign?
No! Payroll deduction is a great way for employees to make a pre-tax contribution, but you don’t have to offer this option in order to conduct a workplace campaign at your company. ArtsKC offers many other donation options to make it easy for you and your HR department, including recurring contributions!
ArtsKC Grantmaking FAQ’s
Why should I donate to the ArtsKC Grantmaking program?
Our community has been greatly enriched by the contribution of artists and arts organizations. ArtsKC Grants are a way to support more music, art and theater for everyone in our community. But don’t just take our word for it, click here to see why others in the Kansas City area support Grants. And check out the Testimonials tab for even more reasons!
Who decides where the money from ArtsKC Grantmaking goes?
Panels comprised of community volunteers, arts experts, Board members and others review all applications for grants. Criteria for each of the three categories of ArtsKC Grantmaking can be found here. Once applications pass the panel review process, recommendations for funding are submitted to the ArtsKC Board of Directors, which has final approval of all panel recommendations.
Is ArtsKC Grantmaking and endowed fund?
No. ArtsKC conducts an annual fundraising campaign to raise money to make grants. There is no guaranteed reserve. Funds must be raised each and every year to fulfill grant requests.
Do ArtsKC Grants serve the entire metropolitan region?
Yes! Arts audiences are drawn from both sides of the state line in almost equal numbers, with 52% of the audience members living in Missouri and 48% living Kansas. So, ArtsKC grants are awarded to recipients in five counties (Jackson, Johnson, Wyandotte, Clay and Platte) and on both sides of the state line.
How much of my money goes directly to the arts organizations?
A minimum of 85% of funds raised go directly to grant recipients; up to 15% is used for administrative and fundraising costs.
Do the grant recipients change from year to year?
Yes and no. Inspiration and Catalyst Grant recipients must apply for funding each year so the list of recipients expands and changes. Ovation Grant recipients receive funding annually and new organizations may apply and be added each year.
Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes! Contributions to ArtsKC are fully tax deductible.