UMKC names outstanding alumni

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has named its 2016 Alumni Award recipients and will honor these 16 alumni and one family at an awards luncheon on April 21. UMKC’s Alumni Association will highlight recipients’ stories and accomplishments at the luncheon, and many of the honorees will visit classrooms this spring to share their stories with current students.


The School of Education’s Alumni Achievement Award honoree is (Scott) Harlan Brownlee (M.A. ’04) who has more than 31 years’ experience in the arts as a performing artist, educator and administrator. Named CEO of KC Friends of Alvin Ailey in December, he previously served as president and CEO of ArtsKC-Regional Arts Council for six years.


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 throughout the United States.  He has designed and implemented hundreds of lesson plans for a weekly class at Community School #1 that integrates dance and movement into the general curriculum, with an emphasis on science and literacy.  In addition, Brownlee has served as an adjunct professor for the UMKC School of Education and Rockhurst University, as a consultant for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and member of the Fine Arts Task Force.


Brownlee’s holds his graduate degree in Educational Research and Psychology and earned his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is active in his community, currently serving on the board of directors for Nonprofit Connect. He also has served in various capacities for organizations such as Missouri Citizens for the Arts and Community School #1, Missouri Dance Educators, Kansas City School of the Arts, Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, and Missouri Association of Community Art Agencies.