ABOUT

Our mission is to connect forward-thinking artists and designers with rising communities in Kansas City, to work together toward progressive change and social justice.
Take a look at our projects to see what kind of work we can do for you, and contact us to get started. If you are an artist who would like to join our roster, then please use the same form to get in touch.

We are always discussing, amending, and refining our approach to this work. Below is our most recent statement of values.

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As an organization:

  • We support human rights, economic justice, sustainability and equity in all forms.
  • We seek to collaborate with community groups who are inventing new kinds of social actions and thinking.
  • We strive to maintain a nimble and pragmatic approach to inclusivity.
  • Everything is open to change.
  • We propose an organizational structure that:
  • facilitates access to creative services for rising communities with few resources.
  • prioritizes collaboration and equal participation in all internal decision-making processes, strategies and operations.
  • explores different forms of leadership – shared, temporary, rotating etc. – that can be assessed periodically and reconfigured as needed.
  • works with organizations and individuals who are aligned with our Primary Values.
  • honors a diversity of skill sets and viewpoints.
  • maintains a sustainable work/life balance for all participants.
  • is a participatory process in which small working groups report back to the larger network of members.
  • We value processes and methods for generating art & design solutions that:
    • promote active listening as a vital process in decision-making.
    • consider all participants in projects as equal collaborators and involve communities in the creative process, honoring their unique knowledge and structures.
    • seek unity on critical points.
    • adopt an open source model, embracing a free exchange of ideas and solutions over individual authorship.
    • endeavor to use ecologically sustainable and cost-effective processes and materials.
    • seek artistic solutions that result in inspired, real world functionality.
  • Our economic values include:
    • engaging in projects that foster equity and prioritize community assets and needs.
    • exploring alternative means to pay for the work we do, including: barter, trade, pro bono, grants, time banks, fund-raising, etc.

V.2 – Feb 2018

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CounterAgency was founded in 2017 in beautiful, midtown, Kansas City, Missouri.