Alcott Arts Center


Our Mission

  1. To help nurture artistic talent, to provide a place to teach, learn, exhibit and perform in an environment that bolsters community, to bring together people of diverse cultures for a common cause: The Arts.

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What We Stand For

(the Alcott Motto)
Everything Positive- Nothing Negative”

The Alcott Arts Center

Needs Heat!

In 2002 we bought a building that did not have a heat source. So, each year, we close the building after our annual Halloween Trunk or Treat that we host for the kiddies.

So, we close down for the winter, it’s something we have done for nine years. Our goal is to have a heating and cooling system ran by solar, geothermal or some other renewable energy source. Allowing us to stay open year round. If we accomplish that we could do so much more for everyone.

That may transpire at some time in the distant future, but till then we produce all we can from April through October.

Everything we have done, has been accomplished through money raised from donations, fundraisers and sponsorships. While it’s never been enough to pay salaries or get us heat, it has provided us the ability to offer the Artistic Opportunities our mission statement mandates, when we are open.  When you look at all of the pictures (we have several years of pictures still to load onto the website) from events pages on this site, just ask yourselves what it takes to accomplish this much without grants.

I’ll tell you; it’s all due to people deciding that no matter what a person’s self value and need to be monetarily compensated is, it can be set aside to help others. It’s all about volunteerism, without the selfless people that help Alcott, nothing would happen. They receive our unending appreciation and some even get rooms named after them.

Alcott is a 501(c)(3), 509(a)(2) Not for Profit Public Charity.

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What’s inside the Alcott Arts Center?

The Alcott Arts Center offers a 60 seat theatre with a raised stage 30’L x 14’ deep w/ entrance from 1 wing and from the audience. The theatre is  on the upper level of the building.

On the Main Level we offer a Meeting Room, Art Room and 2 Galleries 25‘x35’ with track lighting w/ 1 wall all windows.

In the lower Level we have a Ceramics/Stained Glass Studio with kilns, molds, ovens and work space.

We are very proud to be associated with numerous artists, teachers, performers, groups and organizations. They are always helpful in helping us help you!

What is the

Alcott Arts Center


How does it function?

We are formally known as the L. M. Alcott Art Center Foundation and we are an all Volunteer organization. For the last eleven years the LMAACF has offered Theatrical Productions, Art Exhibitions, Art Classes of many different types and several forms of theatrical training. We have provided opportunities for first time directors to direct semi-professional plays, allowing a nurturing environment for associate member groups that use the Alcott facilities for rehearsal space, theatre productions and fundraisers.

The Foundations goal is to provide Artistic opportunities. This has proven to be something we do very well. The facility has seen participation of artists from a larger than anticipated geographical area. Turning into a regional Arts environment within the first two years of our eleven year stint. People really love the old school feel, tall ceilings, wood floors and steam radiators. Some have likened the rehearsal and Art Galleries to New York style studios.

Alcott functions under the

“Everything Positive-Nothing Negative” Motto. We have never depended on grants to sustain our existence and have to look to the positive things in order to persevere to provide programming and events that uplift others.

There have been thousands of volunteer hours donated to making The Alcott Arts Center successful and now we need others to step up to help us.

Can we depend on you?

There will be several fundraisers this year to help us raise the money to keep Alcott running for the Twelfth  year. Please join in the fun.

This is potentially our new boiler. We are hoping that we will be able to raise the money needed to get it purchased and installed.

Please send your good thoughts and support our way.

Summer Arts Classes at the Alcott begin June 10th and run throughout the summer. (New classes will be added as we schedule them)

Youth Arts & Crafts Ages: 6-17 

All Classes have been extended through October! Yea! The response to the classes has been great, so due to the demand we are proud to announce their continuance.

Instructors: Chris Green, Summer Youth Interns

Thus. June 12,19,26 & July 1,10,17,24, 31 6:30-8:30pm

Projects: Clay sculpture/paint, Plastic Shrinky Dinks, Holiday Decoration, Print making, Loom Potholder, Plaster Mask/paint

Each week the student will make and take home a project they have completed in class.

All supplies included. $40 to register email

The Alcott Arts Center is NOT ADA Accessible, sorry for any inconvenience

Youth Ceramics Ages: 6-17

Instructors: Chris Green, Summer Youth Interns

Tues. June 10,17,24 & July 3,8,15,22,29 6:30-8:30pm

Projects: Bowl/plate, Animal, Gift, Holiday Decoration

Students will be instructed in both greenware/firings and bisque techniques. Using glazes and stains.

All supplies included. $40 to register email

The Alcott Arts Center is NOT ADA Accessible, sorry for any inconvenience

Lampwork Glass Beads & Jewelry Ages 18 & older

Instructor: Anna Jennings

Saturday’s July 19,26 & Aug. 2,9,16,23,30 with Exhibit dates Sept. 6,7 & 13,14

Ever seen some really neat glass beads and wondered how they’re made? Now’s your chance to learn! Anna Jennings (Fairie Beads Lampwork Bead and Jewelry artist) has been making lampwork beads and jewelry since 2000 and is excited to share her knowledge with you! In this 8 week class you’ll learn about lampwork tools and torch safety, and how to make 5 different kinds of glass beads. You’ll also learn how to put your beads into wearable, durable piece(s) of jewelry, and even gather some tips and tricks for displaying your piece(s) in your very own art show!

Classes will be held at the Alcott Arts Center starting Sat. July 19, and will run for 9 weeks with the last 2 classes being exhibit time. Classes will be every Saturday from 2-4pm and are limited to 5 students. . Total cost is $150 for all 8 classes and includes most materials. Students must be 18 or older.

To register email

The Alcott Arts Center is NOT ADA Accessible, sorry for any inconvenience

"Rock the Arts" Benefit Concert

on Aug. 30, 2014 at 5PM. Paul Schneeli will be our emcee and will kick-off our evenings festivities which start at 5pm with an introduction to Alcott and a tour of the galleries. Our concert starts with The Wyandotte High School Marching Band @ 5:30pm, Davis Ricker @ 6pm, Paul Schneeli @7pm, Fast Johnny Ricker @7:30pm, Burdoch King @9:30pm. There will be drinks and snacks for sale, Artwork for sale, Crafts projects for the youth to do. Tickets on sale at the gate Family $20 - 2 adults & up to 3 kids under 18, individual $8. This is a rain or shine event. If it rains the concert will be moved into the Alcott Theater.

Alcott Arts Center 180 S. 18th St. Kansas City, Ks 66102.  913-233-2787. The Alcott is not yet ADA Accessible, sorry. 

This is a video with Paul Schneeli interviewing Fast Johnny Ricker for tomorrows concert. 

Short Promo ^                       Full length Promo ^


Second Saturdays Art Exhibits and performances 8-9-2014

Featured Artist in the Harrison Gallery:

Isaac Tapia

August 9 through Sept 6, 2014

Reception starts at 6PM

Isaac Tapia was born

in Mexico city, Mexico in 1992 and moved to the United States at the age of 9. Isaac works predominantly in the medium of oil painting, but has made one installation, and some works in pastel. Isaac Tapia attended the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO in the years of 2010-2012. Isaac has participated in art shows like Mattie Rhodes  “Dia de los Muertos” art show in Kansas City, MO and KC Fiesta Festival.

Isaac’s work is mostly inspired by what he has surrounded himself in life. Isaac usually has a story behind every person he paints. He also loves to paint landscapes once in a while.

Isaac Tapia currently resides in Kansas City, MO

Featured Artist in the East Gallery:

Tina Donovan

August 9 through Sept 6, 2014

Reception starts at 6PM

I was born in England and throughout my life have I been interested in art. I kept drawing every day after I left school and began teaching myself techniques and styles. It wasn’t until later on in life when my children started school I decided to go and study for a BA in Fine Art. I graduated from the Ashford School of Art & Design with the University of Kent, Canterbury in 2007. I have exhibited several times locally in the county I lived in and had the opportunity to exhibit in Chicago back in 2011. After a life change of moving to a different country I am now building a new portfolio of work.

The Alcott Arts Center


Shakespeare in the Parking Lot VIII
$5 single admission

“A Mid Summer Night’s Dream”
Directed by Frank Presler

September 6,7,13 &14 @ 3pm

180 S. 18th St

Kansas City, Kansas 66102