Strategic and Business Planning
In addition to architectural design planning, the Kansas City Museum worked with Museum Management Consultants, Inc., on a new Strategic Plan and Business Plan, both of which have been adopted by the Parks Board and the Kansas City Museum Foundation. The Strategic Plan and Business Plan introduce a new mission statement, vision, and values, and set a course for the Kansas City Museum from fiscal year 2017 through fiscal year 2024. The City’s fiscal year is May 1 to April 30 annually.
The Kansas City Museum preserves, interprets, and celebrates Kansas City through collections, exhibitions, and bold programs that reflect the City’s evolution and spirit, and engage visitors in unfolding stories about Kansas City’s vibrant history, cultural heritage, and pride.
The Kansas City Museum is a hub of learning, creativity, and collaboration where individuals and communities innovate and inspire engagement and civic unity.
Inspiration to creative action
Executive Summary of the Strategic Plan
The Strategic Plan sets a course for the Kansas City Museum through fiscal year 2024.
The following is an overview of what is envisioned for the Kansas City Museum:
Corinthian Hall and the Larger Museum Campus
A design Master Plan to rehabilitate, renovate, and expand Museum facilities projects multiple stages of construction, beginning in FY2017 and proceeding beyond FY2024. The Strategic Plan covers the completion of all stages of construction for the restoration and renovation of existing buildings and grounds. The last stage of construction, which includes an expansion with a new building on the property to be completed and open to the public after 2025, is beyond the scope of this Strategic Plan. Each stage of construction will incrementally increase and improve exhibitions, collections, and program spaces as well as amenities, and each stage will open to the public a new face of the Museum upon its completion.
Gallagher & Associates, an internationally recognized museum planning and design firm, was retained to develop a dynamic and unique Visitor Experience Plan for the renovated Museum. In parallel, the changing exhibition and program schedule will expand with the capacity of the Museum, and it will reflect the history, vibrancy, and interests of the community. Read more about the Visitor Experience Plan here.
Ownership of the collections will be further defined, and the collections will be refined through a careful and ethical deaccessioning process. Storage will be consolidated, freeing space and saving operating dollars. The collections will be thoughtfully incorporated into exhibitions and programming.
Marketing and Community Relations
A Marketing Plan will be implemented that engages the community and raises visibility and awareness of the Museum. Audience evaluations will be utilized to analyze and improve programming.
Finance and Fundraising
Financing will be secured in advance of beginning Stage I Construction of the Architectural Design Master Plan. A Fundraising Development Plan and subsequent Capital Campaign will be completed to raise private funds in support of the Museum renovation. Public funding will be pursued. To financially sustain operations of the renovated Museum, both earned and contributed income will be maximized as construction stages are completed.
The Business Plan includes current operations, critical financial considerations, future operating budgets (FY2020-2024), key budget assumptions, and a staff plan for the first five years in which the restored, renovated, and expanded Kansas City Museum is open to the public.