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ArtsKC 360 Tour
Nov. 12th at 12:00 PM

Join us for a complimentary lunch tour and be inspired by the stories of how ArtsKC is connecting, supporting and transforming the arts in our community.

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City Council Candidate Forum

Dec. 3rd at 4:00 PM 

We are asking Executive Directors of Kansas City area arts organizations to join us for a collaborative discussion with our candidates for city council for the City of Kansas City, MO. 

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ArtsKC 360 Tour

Dec. 4th at 12:00 PM

Join us for a complimentary lunch tour and be inspired by the stories of how ArtsKC  is unleashing the power of the arts in our region.

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November 2014

ArtsKC's Vision for the Future




Yesterday was ArtsKC's Annual Inspiration Breakfast and this year we announced a new mission for the agency. ArtsKC is here to "unleash the power of the arts." We are here to bring together people, resources, and ideas. To imagine and to lead. Our vision is to build a city of great dreams and vigorous life, where everyone participates in and benefits from the arts.


In the future, we imagine all city and county planning includes artists and arts organizations. Planners recognize that involving the arts right from the beginning of the planning process insures their success.


In the future, we envision more students than ever are receiving arts education. Educators understand that instruction in the arts develops and enhances a young person's skills of creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.


In the future, everyone will have the means to plug into our vibrant arts scene. The information people seek about what's going on in the arts landscape across the region is easily accessible to all of them.


And in the future we will continue to grow the ArtsKC Fund.  We recognize the need and the importance of building a sustainable source of public dollars for the arts.  We cannot ignore the value of that endeavor.  The ArtsKC Fund creates lasting change that benefits all of us in the region.


ArtsKC is here to make the very most of the arts' capacity and promise to build our communities; to revitalize our neighborhoods, to spur on economic development, and to capture our imaginations with powerful narratives that will shape and change our lives and the region. 


Harlan Brownlee, ArtsKC President + CEO


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Photo credit: Tom Styrkowicz,

2014 ArtsKC Annual Video
Imagine Your ArtsKC

First Friday FREE Performance

Starlight STARS of Tomorrow

November First Friday ArtsKC Fund Feature: Starlight STARS of Tomorrow.


Join ArtsKC tonight from 5-8 p.m. for our November First Friday Showcase featuring performances by Starlight Theatre's STARS of Tomorrow, a musical theatre training and performance program for 7th through 12th grade students. After auditioning, selected students enjoy intensive study in acting, dance, and voice, led by metro area theatre professionals.

The students create their own musical theatre performance piece and perform it throughout the summer on Starlight Theatre's Spotlight Stage prior to Broadway performances. Participants perform their summer show throughout the year, while also creating a holiday show to delight metro audiences during the holiday season.


Daniel Bartle

ArtsKC "Now Showing" Artist: Daniel Bartle


Daniel Bartle is the artist behind Lucid Arts, a design company that has its hands in projects ranging from architectural rendering to branding and logo design. He is an award-winning illustrator who was challenged to make his own mark as an artist; encouraged by the progeny of comic books and fine arts, as well as the power of street art and graffiti. 


Daniel's current work displayed in the ArtsKC gallery depicts the gangster culture that was alive in Kansas City during the prohibition era.

Our Corporate Partner: 

Lathrop & Gage


Lathrop & Gage, LLP, a law firm of over 300 lawyers with its headquarters in Kansas City and a substantial office in Overland Park, has been a participant in ArtsKC's efforts since close to the beginning of the agency.  The law firm has sponsored a Workplace Giving Campaign in seven of the last ten years, made a corporate leadership gift to the ArtsKC Fund 2014 Campaign, and saw one of its partners, Don Dagenais, receive the ArtsKC Virtuoso Award for volunteer excellence in the arts in 2012.  Mr. Dagenais now serves on the board of ArtsKC.


The Firm has been involved in the arts in Kansas City for much of its 125+ year existence.  Its longtime managing partner John Kreamer, who ran its predecessor firm Gage & Tucker from the 1960s through the 1980s, served on the boards of many arts organizations in Kansas City, as have partners Bert Bates, Jack Rowe, and others. The Firm contributes both time and resources to a number of arts events and organizations in the Kansas City area, and has been a strong supporter of both private and governmental arts initiatives throughout its history.  The Firm has provided free or discounted legal services to many arts and community organizations throughout the region, and members of the Firm were among the original founding volunteers of the Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.


"Lathrop & Gage recognizes the importance of arts organizations and individual artists to the heart and soul of our community," said Mark Bluhm, the CEO of Lathrop & Gage.  "We realize the importance of the arts to our employees, our clients and to all of those with whom we share this metropolitan region. We are proud to be involved in the arts and congratulate Kansas City artists, arts organizations, and ArtsKC for the crucial role they play in sustaining and enhancing the arts community in the Kansas City region."

Staff Picks - Erinn Faulconer, Programs Manager

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year! I love the cooler weather and the changing color of the leaves. If you too enjoy the season, a local Kansas City artist I suggest checking out this time of year is Anastacia Drake. Her recent work delves into the connectedness of the real and the abstract by creating a conversation between color and texture. She has a variety of work, but I particularly find myself gravitating towards those that remind me of the crisp weather of a gorgeous fall day. Anastacia is a participating artist in the Now Showing program and the owner of Stroke of Red Studio located in Parkville, MO.


Along with the changing of the leaves and weather, its exciting knowing the holidays are just around the corner! In my family, it has always been a tradition of ours to check out at least one Kansas City holiday performance. A few notable performances from the past two years have been the Heartland Men's Chorus Kansas City Christmas at the Folly Theatre and the Kansas City Symphony Handel's "Messiah" at Helzberg Hall. The holiday season can be a busy time so if you're planning on attending the holiday shows it's always a good idea to purchase those tickets ahead of time, with a month still to spare to get it on the calendar. Both shows this year fall during the December 5-7 timeframe and tickets are available for purchase. I recommend buying today!


Photo credit: Tom Styrkowicz,

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