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November 2014 Board Meeting

Jim KoenemanIn November, the Board of Directors approved 60 grants totaling $780,000, underscoring the Foundation’s overall grantmaking strategy to support and advocate for development of the greater Kansas City area as a creative regional hub for excellence in Arts & Culture. More information about the 2013-2017 Strategic Framework regarding Arts & Culture can be found at About/Strategic Plan.

In addition, the Foundation is committed to helping local non-profits increase sustainability and long-term planning. That is why we granted 14 multi-year grants in order to help streamline the paperwork and reduce the time burden on staff. Lyric Opera’s Wayne Courtois said, “Your Foundation’s understanding of the challenges facing grant-seekers, and your willingness to address those challenges, are traits that, quite honestly, I wish were shared by more funders.”

Executive Director Barbara O’Brien, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, agreed: “Your generous multi-year contribution will provide an affirmation and a challenge to continue our important work at the Museum. The ability to budget and plan for the long-term is a tremendous benefit.”

Out of 29 grants totaling $530,000 for Large Arts & Culture organizations, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey was granted $20,000 for their vision in engaging a national consultant, Michael Kaiser, who helped create a new strategic plan that promises to reinvigorate the organization and support youth development through the power of dance. To celebrate the multi-year centennial of the beginning of World War 1, the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial was also gifted $20,000.

The Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education is one of 31 Small Arts Grant Fund grant recipients. The Alliance is the driving force behind the A+ arts-in-education project, integrating arts across the entire K-12 curriculum. Results in four states across the nation have been promising and select Kansas schools will pilot the strategy beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

To review the list of 2014 Arts & Culture grants, please follow the link provided below.

Fall 2014 Arts & Culture Grant Awards

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