COFFEE TALK - 2nd Saturday's

10am KCAC Gallery. FREE. Open to the public.

Coffee Talk


Artists come join in your local arts community and discuss relevant and important pre-designated topics of interest with Executive Director Janet Simpson. Each month Janet will moderate discussions on various art world topics. These dialogues can help inspire your creative path and foster a creative community outside of your studio practice.

Coffee and snacks provided. YOU bring the discussion.
Join us for Coffee Talk in the KCAC galleries!



Upcoming Coffee Talks. Mark your calendars and save the dates....

May 13 - Books That Inspire...Bring a book or the title of one that has inspired you.



This intensive bootcamp will provide attendees with an overview of legal issues faced by visual artists: copyright, contracts, commission, consignments, censorship, moral rights, sales tax, record keeping, accounting, licensing, and public art. Make sure you protect and educate yourself on the business and legal aspects of your art practice.

KCAC & KCVLAA members $25
Nonmembers $50
Payments due by April 15th for lunch reservations
Walkins welcome: Fee $50 with no lunch, no discounts.

9:00-9:30am      Registration
9:30-10:30am    Sales taxes, record keeping and accounting.
10:30-11:30am  Contracts, commission, consignments.  Learn how to  create working relationships that work for you.
11:30-12:30pm  Public Art. Pitfalls, strategies for success. Working lunch.           
12:30-1:30pm    Copyright, licensing. Protect and profit from your intellectual property.

Register now at 816.421.5222 or marissakcac @   

Rebecca Stroder is Vice President of Legal at FireEye, Inc. She supervises all legal aspects of the company’s breach response practice, including working with customers’ legal teams, advising on international data security and privacy issues, and working with insurers. Stroder also works closely with FireEye’s intelligence teams in developing and publishing intelligence about cyber attack activity. She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. Prior to joining FireEye, Stroder practiced with SNR Denton, where she specialized in copyright and technology matters, including large technology procurement transactions, software copyright and trade secret litigation, and open source licensing issues. Stroder is also an Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, and serves as the Past President of Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, a non-profit dedicated to providing pro bono legal assistance to low-income artists and arts organizations in Kansas and Western Missouri.

Danielle Merrick has been the associate staff director of the Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic since 2004, and the Executive Director of the Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts since 2010. Professor Merrick earned her bachelor of social welfare from the University of Kansas and her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from UMKC. Previously, she was employed with American Century Investments in the Tax Department and worked on individual and corporate tax forms. She was also involved with the launching of the state of Kansas’ 529 plan.

Dean Vivian strives to educate and empower taxpayers about the tax laws and documentation requirements, with the goal of helping them pay the lowest legal amount of taxes; to keep his clients up-to-date on the latest tax opportunities; to help his clients legally eliminate, reduce, and/or defer taxes whenever possible; to assist taxpayers with their individual and unique needs as life progresses. Vivian's specialties include people in the arts, the self-employed, and folks with home-based businesses—in part because he's all three. Vivan's been a working actor and voice-over artist over 35 years, with over 1500 jobs in the arts, so he knows the business inside and out. He's also served on local and national boards of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA), and the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG), with much of his time served on finance, health, and pension committees. In 1988, fellow performers approached him for help with their taxes, and a business was born! Over 28 years his practice has grown to over 350 clients from coast to coast. Under the first IRS program, Vivian qualified for and received the Registered Tax Return Preparer designation. Under the new AFSP program, he keeps up to date with all the required continuing education, plus about 50% more on topics specifically affecting his clients. Vivian's also been designated a Subject Matter Expert by the University of Missouri system, and regularly lecture on the collegiate and professional level.

City of Lawrence Director of Arts and Culture. Arneill, who formerly worked as the director/public art administrator of the Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Art Commission, also serves as the city liaison to the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission.

Phil Shafer channels his creative energy in many ways. For 15 years, he has run his successful art business Sike Style Industries while working full-time as a designer for the Kansas Life Science Research Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His creative practice includes fine art paintings, 2D design on walls and print graphics. Recently, his love of street art and graffiti has lead him to community engaged projects as a muralist. Murals allow Shafer to transform bland or vandalized surfaces with colorful, positive and uplifting imagery that inspire pride in the nearby communities. Shafer has been awarded commissions from: Qdoba Restaurants, the Kansas City Art in the Loop foundation & the Kansas City Royals and is a featured artist in the 2016 Kansas City Collection. He earned his BFA in Photography from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Holliday is the Downtown Council Director of Arts Initiatives & Art in the Loop Program Director Downtown Council of KC. She enjoys research and the opportunity to find data that helps us understand how Downtown Kansas City relates to the city, region, and other Downtowns throughout the country. Positively impacting the decisions of investors, entrepreneurs, retailers, developers and public policy makers by providing focused and accurate information is very motivating. Staffing the Art in the Loop Foundation has provided her with a refreshing opportunity to work with artists, community members, businesses and property owners to activate, beautify and improve Downtown public spaces. She particularly appreciates the opportunity to reconnect with her art history background. "I'm at my best when I'm part of a team that's engaging people to think and act on issues important to the future of Downtown, such as the arts, housing, improving the urban environment, supporting new businesses and recruiting talented young people to Kansas City. What do I love about Downtown Kansas City? I love its variety, diversity, art, architecture, history, character, culture, people and food!!"


Sponsored by Kansas City Artists Coalition and Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.