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training performing artists
to become advocates of social justice 

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Kansas City's contributions to the global artistic landscape can be traced back to the 1920s, when it was a destination for one of America's true original art forms, Jazz. Since then, Kansas City has been called home by cultural giants like Charlie Parker and Walt Disney, to contemporary stars like Janelle Monae and Jason Sudeikis.


Heartland Arts KC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to evolving Kansas City's cultural footprint, with the aim of positioning Kansas City as a hub for arts activism. This organization aims to provide one of a kind training, education, and entertainment centering activism in the performing arts (theatre, poetry, comedy, music, dance, etc.).


Kansas City is re-entering the global stage in sports and in tech, Heartland Arts KC aims to elevate KC's arts and culture sector and again make KC a destination for creators from around the world.

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2023 He[art]land fellowship

policy focus

Our policy focus for 2023 will be Kansas City's recently passed climate protection and resiliency plan. 

industry partners

Artists will learn from industry pros Lara Isch (City of Kansas City ), Austin Dean Ashford (Texas Tech), Jamie Campbell (Stand-up comic) and more.

save the date

The HE[ART]LAND Fellowship will be back for 2023 from February 7 - April 29. Applications for artists will open in December 2022.


Read what our 2022 HE[ART]LAND Fellows said about their experience in the program. 

Our Programming


Our cornerstone program. This yearly fellowship takes Kansas City performing artists through a 12-week creative process that includes learning about local social issues, creating original performances, and sharing their work with the KC community. 

High School

Heartland Arts KC is able to facilitate creative workshops about writing, arts advocacy, creative process and more. If interested in hosting us, please reach out! 


Heartland Arts KC hosts publicly available master classes taught by professional artists, policy experts, and community leaders.

Executive Board


logan stacer

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anne jordan

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Director of Policy for Kansas City, MO


jordan marcotte

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Marcotte Music

Worship Leader at Awaken Church KC


jamelle mcconnell-brown

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Teacher at Sumner Academy


deandre wiseman

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Managing Partner Seven Entertainment

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