Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Kaw Valley Arts and Humanities, Inc.

  • Kansas City, KS
  • www.kvarts.org

Mission Statement

MISSION: Kaw Valley Arts & Humanities exists to enhance the community through cultural awareness and encourage county-wide artistic development on a personal and community level. KVAH ON-GOING GOALS: 1. Develop opportunities to foster an appreciation among cultures by initiating and supporting activities which explore the diverse and similar cultural values in Wyandotte County. 2. Be the leader in integrating cultural activities into the very fiber of the community by positioning and utilizing the arts and humanities to facilitate the achievement of broader community economic, social and educational goals. (Service in support of society’s goals.) 3. Create an environment that attracts, maintains and helps to develop excellence in both individual artists and cultural organizations. (Service to the arts community.) 4. Establish a strong community oriented institution recognized regionally as a leader in planning, advocacy and program development in the arts and humanities. (Developing and sharing expertise and resources.)

Main Programs

  1. KVAH Galleries, Exhibits and Festivals
  2. KVAH College and High School Academic Internship and Career Program.
  3. Business and Exhibit Assistance for Local Artists
  4. Marketing Assistance with Finding Artists to Occupy Local Studios
  5. KVAH Area Student/Community Arts Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

ruling year

1982

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Dr. Carol Kariotis

Keywords

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Arts Agency Arts Programming Youth Arts Services Community Arts Resource Art Gallery

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EIN

48-0923858

 Number

7111921643

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Council/Agency (A26)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our top programming accomplishments for 2009 were: 
• Served 303 Wyandotte County youths through its involvement with programs and exhibits such as Arts Career Planning, photography, public school student art exhibits, and teaching art to at-risk adolescents

 • Sponsored or partnered in 5 festivals for Wyandotte County residents with nearly 4000 people attending these festivals 

• Trained 41 local artists in business workshops to help advance their careers 

• Provided opportunities for 97 artists to sell their work at public venues

 • Sponsored 21 art exhibitions with over 1880 people attending the openings and exhibitions 

• Provided internships for 9 students from local colleges and universities for academic credit from their institutions 

• Served as a resource for colleges seeking arts faculty and agencies seeking arts instructors, as well as provided paid art teaching positions for a year-long art program at Associated Youth services 

• Was awarded the 2009 Community Partner of the Year Award by City Vision, Inc.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

KVAH Galleries, Exhibits and Festivals

KVAH now has two on-site art galleries. The organization participates in KCK 2nd Fridays Art Walks 12 months per year, with both galleries hosting a new exhibit every month.  Exhibits feature work of local students, emerging and experienced artists in a pristine and beautiful venue.  KVAH also sponsors a traveling exhibit made up of pieces donated from every on-site exhibit.  This exhibit will be moved to various public venues a minimum of 4 times per year to give the artists and the organization a wide visibility in the community.   The Annual Holiday sale in the late fall features work of local artists at affordable holiday prices. Group shows from the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools and in an "Art on 8th Exhibit" youth will always be annual events in the Kansas City Kansan Building where KVAH is located.  KVAH also sponsors or partners in a minimum of 4 festivals per year, bringing arts engagement opportunities to several thousand attendees, as well as numerous opportunities for local artists to exhibit and sell their work.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$23,800.00

Program 2

KVAH College and High School Academic Internship and Career Program.

KVAH offers academic internships to college and high school students.  Students receive academic credit for working on-site and on projects for KVAH.  Currently seven colleges and universities and one high school are involved in internships that vary from web design, marketing, gallery management, fund raising and development, program design and management, and business and accounting. 

KVAH has also partnered with KC-Prep and the KCK Public Schools to offer "Career Planning in the Arts" workshops.  The 2 1/2 hour program for high school students features tours, visits with artists in their studios, working artist panel discussions, and a mini- art walk experience.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$8,510.00

Program 3

Business and Exhibit Assistance for Local Artists

KVAH works with local artists to help facilitate their work through providing educational and financial assistance to projects, as well as gallery space for their exhibits. The KVAH Gallery does not charge a commission for any sales made by the artists, and seeks to support underserved and minority artists with exhibition assistance. KVAH asks that the artists participate in the exhibition experience by assisting with the preparation and facilitation of the exhibit. Because KVAH understands the educational value in facilitating and marketing an exhibit, artists learn a great deal with their exhibition experience at the KVAH Gallery. When the KVAH provides exhibit assistance for artists' work, the opportunity exists to have a gallery premier and reception for the work and artist. KVAH provides technical, educational and financial assistance for the entire process from creation of the work through its exhibition.KVAH's business for artists workshops are co-sponsored by the YWCA of Greater Kansas City and the Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.  This year 6 workshops on various business skills will be offered.  Workshops include such topics as copyright, contracts, marketing, accounting, gallery relationships and other topics of vital importance to artists starting or in careers in the arts.  Workshops have minimal charges (usually $10.00 per person per workshop) to just cover the cost of printing, facilities and minimal expenses. KCVLAA members may attend ALL workshops for free with their $25.00 membership fee.  This fee also includes pro-bono legal services.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 4

Marketing Assistance with Finding Artists to Occupy Local Studios

City Vision, Inc. owns the Pressroom Studios and other KCK studio spaces centered around the Armstrong Street area of downtown Kansas City, KS.  These studios provide work, exhibit and programming space for a growing number of KCK artists. The artists are diverse in art medium, age, race, ethnicity and socio-economic status. The demographics of the studios are a strong representation of the local community demographics. KVAH plays a strong role in marketing the studios as well as engaging the artists with he Wyandotte community. While this is not a program that costs money, KVAH sees its marketing and engagement efforts as a contribution to the economic and community development of Kansas City, KS. KVAH was awarded City Vision, Inc.'s "Community Partner of 2009" award for its endeavors in this area.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$0.00

Program 5

KVAH Area Student/Community Arts Program

In 2010 KVAH will again partner with the Associated Youth Services (AYS) to provide 9 months of art education for jr. and sr. high school students who have been suspended from public for a semester or longer.  KVAH employs the artists to teach,  lead field trips and have a gallery exhibit of student work.

KVAH also teaches classes in loom knitting, jewelry making, recyclable arts and other fine arts to community adults and youth.  In the winter of 2009 it sponsored the Who Am I project in Frederick Douglas Elementary.  5th grade students were led by photographer Steve Curtis in exploring their identities and places in the human community through photography.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$12,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

Funding Needs

(1) This year, KVAH has tapped all its reserves and endowment and will exhaust these funds by December 31, 2010, at which point we will be forced to close our doors and cease all operations. The Unified Government reduced the mill levy funding of KVAH from $48,477 to $18, 629. With  decreases in funding from other foundations and grants, as well as difficulty in identifying new funding during this time of economic decline, KVAH needs $45,000 to fund its executive director's salary.  (2)   The new KVAH gallery supports student, emerging and experienced artists in KCK and the metropolitan area. It provides a professional exhibition experience for all artists as a premier gallery in the downtown KCK area. Gallery administration/program/marketing costs are $23,800 annually. (3) KVAH will provide the entire art education program to the Associated Youth Services students in 2010-2011.  It needs $6,500 to provide nine full months of education to these students who have been suspended from the public schools for a semester or longer.  The 2009-10 program "Art on 8th" has already proven the success of this arts education program.  (4) KVAH provides for-academic-credit internships for 9-15 university students annually.  The cost of intern supervision, supplies and materials is $8,360.  (5) "Business Workshops for Artists" are bi-monthly artist trainings which include workshops on "Contracts," "Copyright," "Starting a LLC," "The Artist/Gallery Relationship" and many other important topics.  These workshops cost KVAH a total of $1038 to facilitate.

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KAW VALLEY ARTS & HUMANITIES INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Kaw Valley Arts and Humanities, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Dr. Carol Kariotis

BIO

Dr. Carol Kariotis came to Kaw Valley Arts and Humanities, Inc. (KVAH) after retiring from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has 21 years of experience serving as an administrator/director of several departments. Her education background is: BA - Art, Maryville College, Maryville TN M.Ed. - Education, Boston University, Boston, MA Ed.S. - Higher Education Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Ph.D. - Urban Leadership and Policy Studies in Education, UMKC Besides her university administrative experience, Dr. Kariotis has taught public school art, art education at WV State College, and studio art for various arts organizations and youth agencies. She has a strong interest in painting, batik and three dimensional art. Dr. Kariotis has also been involved with the greater Kansas City community as a board member for the Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City, Swope Health Services Foundation Board, Western Missouri Soccer League, and Liberty Latchkey Alternative (a Liberty, MO before- and after-school childcare association now called Kids Zone), Kansas City Kansas Downtown Shareholders. She was appointed by the mayor to serve on the Liberty, MO Arts Commission in January, 2009.  Upon her retirement from UMKC, Dr. Kariotis sought to become re-involved with the Greater Kansas City area arts community, and hopes to use her administrative and educational expertise in assisting with the development of the Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS area as a vibrant and engaged arts community.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"EXCITING - COME SEE US!! Our beautiful gallery and 21 annual exhibitions are only a part of what we do. Other activities are: (1) "Art on 8th," an academic year of art instruction provided by KVAH hired artists and a curriculum that follows the State of Kansas standards for art education, (2) Opportunities for local emerging artists to sell work in the KVAH Artists' Holiday Sale in late fall, four festivals and other venues facilitated by KVAH. (3) KVAH in collaboration with the YWCA of Greater Kansas City and the Kansas City Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts lead bi-monthly Arts and Business Workshops for artists wishing to make a living from and market their art. (4) Collaborative programming and festivals with over 25 local non-profit organizations which makes all of our funds go farther to create a vibrant arts/humanities community in Wyandotte County (5) Financial and resource assistance for low income artists for exhibiting (i.e. commissions for work, assistance with framing, etc.). (6) An exemplary intern training program where university students receive academic credit for working at KVAH (7) Much, much more!!!!!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Tom Valverde

Retired, Community Volunteer and Artist

Term: May 2010 - May 2012

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