Harlan Brownlee


Harlan Brownlee understands the transformational power that the arts have to improve the quality of life for individuals and the community. Brownlee has worked since 1984 in the arts education field as a performing artist, educator, and arts administrator. He is the CEO for the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. From 2009 to 2015 he led ArtsKC - Regional Arts Council as the President and CEO, and from 2005 to 2009, he served as the Executive Director for Kansas City Young Audiences. Mr. Brownlee is on the Kennedy Center’s National touring roster for the Partners in Education program and has conducted master classes, workshops and residencies extensively in the Midwest and throughout the United States.


In addition, he has designed and implemented hundreds of lesson plans instructing a weekly class at Community School #1 that integrates dance and movement into the general curriculum with an emphasis on the subject areas of science and literacy.


Mr. Brownlee received his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his M.A. from University of Missouri – Kansas City. His performance background includes work for thirteen years as one of the Artistic Co-Directors with City in Motion Dance Theater in Kansas City, Missouri.  


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