Artspeak Radio with ArtsKC and Arts Garden

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, October 6, 2021, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio,

Artpseak Radio welcomes President and CEO of ArtsKC Dana Knapp, Executive Director of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Sean O’Harrow, and Arts Garden founder, Margarita Friedman.

ArtsKC-Jackson County, in collaboration with ArtsKC, is embarking on a process designed to develop an arts and culture strategic plan that ultimately will guide how the county supports arts in all its forms, ensures that diverse audiences participate in and have access to arts, and identifies economic and social performance measures that illustrate what arts and culture really mean for Jackson County and our region.
You are invited to help determine what the plan encompasses by sharing with us how you experience arts and culture in Jackson County by participating in this anonymous survey. The results of this survey, as well as feedback through focus groups and community meetings that will occur later this fall, will be used to craft the plan.
Jackson County Social Impact Project
Ultimate Outcome
To develop a comprehensive art and culture strategic plan that could:
• Support arts in all its forms throughout the County;
• Foster collaboration among arts organizations;
• Ensure diverse audiences participate in and have access to arts;
• Build a greater appreciation for arts and arts education; and
• Identifies economic and social performance measures to illustrate what arts and culture really means for Jackson County and our region.
The team:
Project Sponsor
Jackson County
Project Team Lead
Project Team Subconsultants
MU Extension
KU Public Management Center
Center for Public Partnerships and Research
Mid-America Regional Council
Collaboration Arts
Environmental Scan
• Best Practices Research: Research conducted to determine what is working – or not- across the United States, comparing the use of Jackson County resources to other similar-sized jurisdictions with similar resources set aside for art and culture.
• Asset Mapping: Creation of a cultural arts inventory to identify just what Jackson County’s assets are, including but not limited to artists of all kinds, teachers, venues, museums, arts organizations, and community theaters.
Stakeholder Engagement
• Our Tomorrows: Stories and Sensemaking
Our Tomorrows presents a critical opportunity to engage the community to determine how citizens define arts and culture, what is important to them, and, ultimately, how the economic and social effects of these activities can be measured. The expected outcomes from the implementation of Our Tomorrows in Jackson County include the emergence of social trends and experiences, collaborative data analysis and visualization, and the elevation of community voice.
• Focus Groups
Four focus groups comprising nearly 30 people have been convened to explore issues surrounding arts and culture in Jackson County.
• Collaborative Town Hall Meetings: Join us for the following meetings to share your input on how the arts and culture sector is supported in Johnson County. This will be an active conversation
October 13: There will be the first virtual session to engage with the community around the goals of the strategic plan.
Early 2022: A second town hall meeting will be held in person to further engage with the community around specific aspects of the plan.
For more information, visit
Questions? Email [email protected]

Dana Knapp President and CEO of ArtsKC, is edicated to the advancement of art, design, and education, Dana Knapp has been the President and CEO of ArtsKC since 2017, focusing services to ensure inclusive engagement and equitable investment in the regional arts and culture ecosystem. Prior to her work at ArtsKC, she served as Director of Programs for the Mid-America Arts Alliance deploying regional and national grant making, touring exhibitions and professional development programs for arts professionals. Before focusing on arts administration, she was a practicing designer and capital project director. She worked for twenty years at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art leading the Bloch Building planning and construction. She began her career as an exhibition designer. Dana holds degrees in Design and the History of Art & Architecture from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Missouri -Kansas City. She has advanced education in fundraising, civil mediation, and is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute. Throughout her career she has provided consultative services in education, strategic planning, and executive leadership. She served as founding board member of the Center for Architecture and Design, and is a current member of the KU School of Architecture and Design Advisory Board and serves on the Executive Committee of the Missouri Citizens for the Arts.

Sean O’Harrow was born in Paris and raised in Honolulu, Sean O’Harrow has been the Executive Director of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art since February 2019. An expert in British and American art and architecture, he previously served as the director of the Honolulu Museum of Art, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, and the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, as well as serving on the board of the Iowa Arts Council. Prior to his career as a museum director, O’Harrow was an Official Fellow at Cambridge University and worked in investment finance and technology in London. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and a BA from Harvard University, both in Art History.
Opened in 1994, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is famous around the world, and serves the Kansas City community by enriching lives through the experience of art that addresses contemporary issues. The Museum fosters a growing Permanent Art Collection that uniquely bridges the 20th and 21st centuries. Kemper Museum’s exhibitions and programs are open and free to the public.

Margarita Friedman, founder Arts Garden, a weekly art fair showcasing works from multi-talented Kansas City artists! Free Event! Live Music! Open Mic! Food trucks! Art Classes & more! Every Sunday from 11am – 4pm (weather permitting)
Artists: Sell your work, network, paint in the garden, perform, teach a class…it’s up to you! No booth fees, registration is required. Contact us at [email protected] for more info!Public: Art Garden KC is FREE to the public! Every Sunday you can find over 30 vendors selling handmade items such as art, ceramics, jewelry, candles, macrame, clothing, glassware etc. We also have activities for families including art classes, facepaint, henna, yard games and open mic! Food, drinks and restrooms are all onsite.


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