Engage Kansas City

M-AAA presents Engage Kansas City, a peer network training for small-to-midsize arts and culture organizations. Engage meets each organization where it is, working to identify ways that we can help one another improve as a connected, thriving cohort.

Engage has been helping organizations in Houston since 2012 and participants overwhelmingly report that getting to work with peers that are experiencing the same challenges, is priceless. They have seen positive growth in their fundraising capabilities and board relations, and are engaging in more meaningful ways with their constituents. We look forward to similar success in Kansas City!

Support for Engage Kansas City is provided by the Louetta M. Cowden Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee, the Cross Foundation, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about the Engage program, please email engage@maaa.org

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About the Program

Engage Kansas City includes:

  • Eleven six-hour facilitated large group working sessions;
    • Governance (two sessions)
    • Mission and Vision and Values (two sessions)
    • Finance and Fundraising (two sessions)
    • Making Your Case for Fundraising (two sessions)
    • Leadership (two sessions)
    • “Bringing It Together” Final Celebratory Workshop
  • Pre-session homework
  • Individual goal-setting exercise for each topic
  • Peer learning/meeting by cohort
  • Report-outs to large group on progress made
  • Periodic on-site visits over the duration of the project

Thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Arts, grants of $3,000 will be available to each participating organization for community engagement projects.

The cost of the twenty-month program is $800, and $500 of this cost can be deducted from the $3,000 grant award received by all participants.

Meet the Coach

Engage Coach Carla Patterson is a passionate advocate for arts and cultural organizations with more than twenty years of experience facilitating organizational and community development projects. Patterson is an Engage coach in Houston, and she is the author of the Leadership and Community Development Curriculum for the State of Nebraska.

Carla says, “I am thrilled to lead Engage and be part of this innovative and impactful program in your community. Through our work together you’ll be better equipped to understand the keys to donor development; the role your board, your staff, and your mission plays in fundraising; and how to create a powerful case for support. You’ll explore specific engagement strategies you can use with your board; understand the difference between audience and community engagement and strengthen your ability to impact your communities through your mission. You’ll be part of an amazing group of peers who are committed to helping each other and strengthening the arts and cultural sector of the greater KC area. I look forward to answering your questions and meeting with those of you who are ready to take a deep dive into the core of your work. Please feel free to email me at engage@maaa.org.”


Engage Kansas City meeting dates are:
2018:July 20, September 21, November 16. 2019: February 15, March 15, May 24, July 19, September 20, November 22.
2020: January 17, March 27, May 15, June 19.

All group meetings will take place at Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District.