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July 2014

Unleashing the Power of the Arts




Imagine if everyone in the five-county region was working together to ensure that every child could learn to play the violin or edit a feature film. Imagine that every neighborhood had the cultural amenities its residents needed and every arts group could access funding and share resources to increase their impact.  With that vision in mind, ArtsKC is leading the development of the very first regional cultural plan. Our first step was to assess our arts and creative sectors and we found out that our region's residents participate and spend at higher levels in the arts than most of the county.  Then we worked with the City of Kansas City Missouri, to assist in creating a 10 year plan to place the arts alongside other vital services with an office of Cultural and Creative Services.  And now we are in the data gathering phase of our regional cultural plan. One ArtsKC Regional Cultural Plan identifies the cultural needs of the five counties by asking, "Where is arts education unavailable? What neighborhoods could benefit from arts revitalization? And how are the existing arts agencies challenged in reaching audiences?" It evaluates existing resources and creates a plan for change. 


How does this benefit you? A regional cultural plan means that we are all working together. So whether you live in Liberty or Lee's Summit, Olathe or Kansas City, Kansas - a regional cultural plan means that community leaders will be working towards common goals to improve arts education, arts marketing, communications, and economic development for the region.


How can you get involved? Register for Mindmixer, our community engagement website. Visit and share your ideas.

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Photo credit: Tom Styrkowicz,

ArtsKC At Work: Corporate Arts Festival

ArtsKC At Work, presented by the Kansas City Star, is a city-wide corporate arts challenge that allows companies to showcase their employees' talents in the visual arts, literary arts, music, dance, and film. 


Join us at these free and open to the public events to learn more about the creative minds that work in some of the KC region's most notable companies!


Learn more about ArtsKC At Work online.

ArtsKC Encounter Recap:

Roads of Arabia and Shakespeare!


Last Thursday, June 26, ArtsKC debuted a new benefit program for donors to the ArtsKC Fund!  The ArtsKC Encounter program presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union is designed to introduce ArtsKC Fund donors to the arts they support.  Each Encounter consists of an arts performance, a visual art experience, food and drinks, all for only $20 for Encounter members! Guest tickets are also available to each Encounter for $40 each.


Encounter participants enjoy dinner in our VIP tent at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.


On Thursday, 50 ArtsKC Fund supporters enjoyed a curator-led tour of the Roads of Arabia exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  The immersive tour was followed by dinner and drinks in the reserved, VIP tent at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, goodie bags with arts prizes provided by CommunityAmerica Credit Union, and a masterfully staged performance of The Winter's Tale


Individuals who donate at least $120 (or just $10/month) to the ArtsKC Fund are eligible for the ArtsKC Encounter program.  If you already made your donation to the 2014 ArtsKC Fund Campaign, you will be receiving information about the next three ArtsKC Encounters in the mail.  If you would like to become an ArtsKC Encounter member, make your donation to the 2015 ArtsKC Fund HERE.


Visit for details about each program, and contact Lydia Zacharias, ArtsKC Fund Manager, at or (816) 994-9223 for more information.

Join ArtsKC and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
for the Mindmixer Interactive Experience!

Staff Picks - Godfrey Riddle, Development Manager

The history nerd in me is to blame for my first pick. On July 10, you'll find me earplugs-in-hand, scrambling to the front lines of  Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm's Civil War reenactment. It's a childhood favorite and guests have the chance to tour soldier camps and learn about the importance and impact of the Civil War. 


I'd be lying if I said I wasn't counting the days until Gavin DeGraw and Quixotic take the stage at Grinder's Crossroads KC performance series July 9 and 19, respectively.  


For those of you who love a little grit with your art, the KC Fringe Festival should be at the top of your list. I always look forward to seeing what the Green Room has in store and ArtsKC is hosting a series of performances this year in our new space!


Photo credit: Tom Styrkowicz,

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