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Facing the Future Forum: The Value of the Arts in Community Building - Thurs., April 9th

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Facing the Future

Accessibility to arts and culture can influence policy goals, including economic development, urban revitalization, tourism, education and
youth development. Many of these policy objectives require leadership from planners, nonprofit administrators, as well as the business and local government communities. In 2010, Americans for the Arts reported that even during difficult economic times America's nonprofit arts industry generates $135.2 billion in economic activity every year, resulting in $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues. This year's forum focuses on the value of the arts in economic and community development. Our speaker will be joined by a panel of government, nonprofit and creative arts leaders who are working to advance the arts and improve civic life in the Greater Kansas City region.


Troy DavigJulián Zugazagoitia is the fifth director at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Since arriving in 2010, he has led the museum's efforts to engage the community through dynamic activities inside the museum and in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park. Attendance has grown dramatically to more than 500,000 visitors a year. Born in Mexico and educated at the Sorbonne Paris IV and the Ecole du Louvre in France, Zugazagoitia speaks six languages and has worked at institutions in the Americas and Europe. Before moving to Kansas City, he was the Director/CEO of El Museo del Barrio in New York, a leading institution in the field of Latin American and Latino art. He has also collaborated with such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


  • Harlan Brownlee, CEO, ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council
  • Jeff Bentley, Executive Director, Kansas City Ballet
  • Mary Kennedy, CEO, Mid-America Arts Alliance
  • Megan Crigger, Director of Creative Services,
    City of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Larry Meeker, Chairman, Kansas Creative Arts
    Industries Commission


Sponsor Logos

Town Square at the
Kauffman Foundation
Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Rd.
Kansas City, MO

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Registration and
Continental Breakfast: 8 a.m.
Program: 8:30–11 a.m.

General Admission: $25
Student Rate: $15

Call: 816-701-8234
Email: Beverly Wilson

Presenting Co-sponsors:

  • Greater Kansas City Chapter, American Society for Public Administration
  • Mid-America
    Regional Council

Contributing Sponsors:

  • Park University
  • City of Kansas
    City, Missouri
  • UMKC Bloch School
    of Management,
    Dept. of Public Affairs
  • KU Public
    Management Center
Mid-America Regional Council | 600 Broadway, Suite 200 | Kansas City, MO 64105
ph: 816-474-4240 | fax: 816-421-7758 | www.marc.org/gti | email: gti@marc.org

Congratulations to all of the 2014 GKC ASPA Public Administration Award Recipients!

The Greater Kansas City Chapter of ASPA presented its annual awards to local administrators and students in recognition of service to the community and the field of public administration on May 21, 2014. Individuals were honored during a an awards ceremony breakfast. Among the awards presented were Public Administrator of the Year for Federal, Local & Nonprofit Leadership, Crisis Management, Academic Leadership, Lifetime Achievement & Student awards. 

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 GKC ASPA Annual Public Administration Awards Breakfast and congratulations to all of this year's award recipients!



2014 Facing the Future Forum held on Thurs., April 3rd was a Success!

Thank you for making this year’s GKC ASPA Facing the Future Forum a great success! We want to give a special thanks to our keynote speaker Troy Davig, senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and to our outstanding panel of local professionals. We couldn't have done it without the support of our co-sponsor, the Mid-America Regional Council and our contributing sponsors Park University Hauptmann School for Public Affairs, UMKC's Department of Public Affairs, KU School of Public Affairs and Administration and the City of Kansas City, Mo. Thanks for attending and we hope to see you all at future GKC ASPA events!