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.)
Dr. Carol Kariotis
Arts Agency Arts Programming Youth Arts Services Community Arts Resource Art Gallery
Kansas City, KS 66101
Arts Council/Agency (A26)
Youth Development Programs (O50)
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How does this organization make a difference?
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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.
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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
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.
The gallery program: (1) Promotes community visual arts experiences that encourage participant learning and development that is purposeful and holistic. (2) Has identified learning and development outcomes that are relevant to its purpose through careful evaluation and assessment of its events. (3) Provides participating artists with opportunities designed to encourage success. (4) Provides evidence of its impact on the community and local artists through purposeful assessment from long-term data collected by KVAH and with the assistance of the KCK Downtown Shareholders.
See above. Participant numbers will be collected at each event. We will collect names and contact information of participants/guests and inform them of future exhibits, keeping track of attendance. Purposeful and holistic outcomes will be evaluated formally and informally throughout the year to monitor progress.
We have had several positive newspaper articles and press releases, as well as two successful Artwalks. While it is difficult to track attendance and demographic participation because of the numerous entrances and exits to the galleries, and because not all attendees sign the sign-in log, KVAH staff and artists estimate attendance and visitor demographics at each event. KVAH exhibits hosted approximately 2800 guests at exhibits in 2008-09.
Several local media institutions have picked up on the popularity of the exhibits that KCK sponsors the 2nd Friday of each month. The KVAH Director maintains a strong relationship with the media so that there are regular articles and media presentations about monthly exhibits. The Director of KVAH won the 2009 Community Partner award given by City Vision for her service to local artists and the community.
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.
Academic internships involve KVAH, faculty and student performance expectations which are evaluated mid-way and at the end of each semester. Educational and behavioral outcomes for the career workshops are evaluated at project end with both participant and staff evaluations being used. The overall long-term success will be that the program is improved and expanded each year so that increasing numbers of students benefit from quality work and career planning experiences at KVAH.
See above long-term success statement where the evaluation instruments are described.
1. Satisfaction is high among the career workshop participants. 2. Students, faculty and KVAH have a high level of satisfaction with the quality of the internship experience. Students have made excellent grades on their internships, and the faculty and institutions have expressed gratitude in writing, through appreciation events, and by sending new interns to KVAH in later semesters. While KVAH has not yet examined how many students go into careers in the arts, when the program is older and more estsablished, this will be another method used for assessing success.
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.
Each artist sponsorship success is evaluated individually after the work is completed and an exhibition is facilitated. Our long-term success will be judged by how many artists we are able to assist with their work and exhibitions, as well as through formal evaluations by the artists about their experiences with the entire process of creating/exhibiting/being instructed.
The KVAH Executive Director maintains close contact with the artists. She holds them accountable for the contracts they have signed including the work to be created, the deadlines for completion, and the exhibition criteria. When mini-grants are awarded, a portion of the financial assistance is held until successful completion of the projects, along with a report from the artist about the activity. An extensive evaluation instrument is used at each workshop to determine satisfaction with the workshop, as well as to determine what workshops should be offered in the future. A survey is also given to area artists participating in a large on-line discussion/chat group to determine future plans and workshops.
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.
A. Pressroom Studio Artists will: (1) Produce art (2) Have open studios at 2nd Friday Artwalks (2) Facilitate school and/or community educational programs in collaboration with KVAH. B. KVAH and the Pressroom Studio artists place a strong emphasis on serving at-risk community of Wyandotte County in their programs.
Because the Pressroom Studios have only existed for less than a year, formal evaluations of their programs have been limited to only 2 programs. However, in the 2009-10 school year when 6 Pressroom Studio artists will be teaching a 9-month education program at the Associated Youth Services, formal outcomes and goals for the program have already been developed, as well as evaluation instruments to determine program success. A copy of the goals and program description is included in the Donor Edge Profile documents.
Program success with the Pressroom Studio artists and KVAH as they collaborate with the KC-Prep program and the KCK Public Schoold Career Workdhops is described under those program descriptions in this profile.
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.
Kansas City, KS youth participants (many of whom are at-risk youths): (1)demonstrate their involvement in the program as a source of fulfillment and creative expression, (2) explore and discover personal talents and satisfaction through their arts experiences, (3) demonstrate that their arts experiences enhance other aspects of their lives, as well as their learning, (4) demonstrate that their arts experiences enhance self-esteem, problem-solving skills, and interpersonal skills.
(1)Adequate numbers of participants/workshop requests to ensure continuation of program. (2)Formal and informal evaluation and assessment of program and learning outcomes indicate program is successful.
In the winter of 2009 KVAH 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.
(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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Dr. Carol Kariotis
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.
Mr. Tom Valverde
Retired, Community Volunteer and Artist
Term: May 2010 - May 2012
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