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

Alcott Arts Center Hosts a Celtic Lecture by Lady Fiona nic Gormliatha (Jane Nichols)

General Admission $5 ages 12 & older

Class limit 20 students To register contact

A lecture on Celtic (always said with a hard “C”) Myth, given by Lady Fiona nic Gormliatha, an Irish businesswoman from the time of Richard I (called Lionheart). Lady Fiona's legal name is Jane Nichols, but she spends a lot of her time in the world of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group that likes to re-create the Middle Ages. She has taught this class since 1992, through the Communiversity program at UMKC, also at the Lilies War, held the first full week of June out at Smithville Lake where roughly 2000 or so people camp out & get medieval with safety first fighting, archery, shopping, classes & fireworks. In spite of this, it is a different class every time, a 6 page handout will be provided that will hopefully keep her on track, the Four Great Holidays of the Celts & their major deities & hero tales of Ireland, Wales & the Continent (those Celts got around!).

But Wait, that's not all—remember that Fiona is a Medieval businesswoman? Her knitted fiberart will be on display including the Viking rune sweater she crafted (with runes) for her late husband Phillippe de Mortain—and there will be finger food of the Middle Ages, pickles, Dubliner cheese & hais (a confection from the Crusades made of dates, nuts, breadcrumbs & sugar held together with melted butter) and maybe some candied nuts. So come for an evening of stories & fun! And get a small taste of the Middle Ages. The Alcott is NOT ADA Accessible, sorry for any inconvenience.

Fundraising Art Sale Starts June 13th at 6:30pm

As many of you know The L.M. Alcott Art Center Foundation is not dependent on grants for our survival. Alcott exists because good people donate, attend and or sponsor everything from our theater productions to helping pay electric and utility bills. Another way we receive funds is to have fundraising events. Now is a crucial time in fundraising and we need all of the help we can get.

As more Not For Profit Charities lose their funding, Alcott finds more competition for our own revenue sources and are more in need now than ever.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

This Sale includes Art donated to Alcott by past exhibiting Artists and consists of sculptures, paintings, sketches, jewelry and more.

Kansas City, KS

Rellitray Studios presents WCAWF: World Championship Arm Wrestling Federation, three nights of Comedy & Professional Arm Wrestling.

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:30 P.M.

WCAWF is a piece written and performed by Rellitray Studios, a Kansas City collective of actors, writers and filmmakers.  In the style of professional wrestling, they present a unique 3 night engagement featuring matches as well as sketch comedy to find the very best professional arm wrestling has to offer.

Join us at the Alcott Arts Center this Friday for our final event, where Dickie Armstrong squares off against Black Thunder to crown a new World Championship Arm Wrestling Federation Champion.

Be there for our final evening of comedy & professional arm wrestling.

“After weeks of competition, join the stars of professional arm wrestling as they compete in a tournament to crown the first ever WCAWF Champion. 7/11 & 7/18 feature semi-final matches, with the final to occur 7/25. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime event.”

This event is like a Pro Wrestling Environment  with lots of excitement and can be very loud. Comedy can be loud you know.

$5, Mature Audience recommended.

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The Alcott Arts Center

180 S. 18th St.

Kansas City, Kansas 66102

*Alcott Arts Center is NOT ADA accessible.


Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:30 P.M.

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:30 P.M.


CONTACT | (785) 845-2173 | | (913) 233-2787 |

We would like to thank you for your input! 

Carrie Rose Parker: its a wonderful place but I don't get over to it very often

Jennifer Jeffries: I have enjoyed every trip I've made there.

Johanna Gentry: It inspires me to create more. There are a variety of crafts and space to create my new masterpieces!

Judith Hampton: It sounds like an ideal place to create.

John Lenz: I'm impressed that the Alcott is truly a "Community" Arts Center. It feels Grass-Roots and organic, like a place for expression.

Dawn Kindred: What Alcott means to me is having a safe, reliable partner in the community who will help children maximize and realize  their potential in the arts. Alcott cares about this community and the children within it and that shows in the countless productions, classes and exhibits that we in the community have access to, thanks to Alcott. I am a girl scout leader, PTA leader and mother. We have been involved with Alcott for many years and have watched numerous children succeed with their programs.

Monica Crowe: I love the Alcott Arts Center and what it stands for: community connections. They help with lots of projects that involve kids of all ages. They promote creativity thru various arts. A very welcoming place. GREAT PLACE, GREAT PEOPLE, GREAT SENSE OF COMMUNITY!.

Angelica Sandoval: "Alcott Arts Center is an encouraging place for new and exciting workshops. Alcott Arts Center has been a supportive ally in the realization of Brazin Mavens !!! It is a hidden Gem within KCK!!"

Va'Shaun Adams: Alcott is creativity nurtured and born to produce. I am one of Alcott's children that has benefited greatly from the directors at the Art Center. I love that they do a showcase of different artistic things to spark creativity in our youth, keeping them off the streets. Thank you much Alcott! 
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July 19 near Kansas City, KS

We will be at Bethany Park in KCK for the La Placita Arts Festival today 11-3pm. Stop at our booth and do a Spin-art project and get some graffiti Art from Darryl Woods. Lots of fun and food today.

Darryl Woods we go...Drawing for the masses !!!...LOVE IT!!!!...I just want to draw!!!!!
July 19 at 9:58am ·

Jeff Bryant Thanks for your consistent community involvement. It is the kind of dedication that you two show that makes a huge difference in our city.
July 19 at 1:01pm ·

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Alcott was one of the top rated Not for Profit Organizations in the nation in both 2011& 2013

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