The gala took place from 6:30 to 11 p.m. April 14, 2012 at the Grand Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center.
The power of art is in its ability to transform your thinking; to turn an idea upside down or literally stop you in your tracks with its beauty. Celebrate this magical quality at the Kansas City Art Institute’s 2012 Gala. The elegant evening will feature cocktails, a gourmet dinner, dancing and an unforgettable, dazzling performance by KCAI students from the fiber and animation programs. To become part of the performance yourself, wear white or incorporate white into your black-tie-optional attire. Save the date for this magical evening, and be transformed!
Online registration and ticket purchasing for the gala has closed. To register and purchase tickets by phone, call Lauren Thomas, information specialist, at 816-802-3465.
Brian Williams and Steve Metzler
Sponsorship opportunities are available
Pictured: "Bull," (left) by Ken Ferguson and "Communications" by Duncan McClellan (2011) on display in front a backdrop of the downtown Kansas City skyline in the loft space of Evelyn Craft and Dick Belger at Belger Craneyard Studios.
An exclusive party will be held at Belger Crane Yard Studios for guests who give at the patron level and above. Hosted by Dick Belger, president of Belger Cartage Service, Inc. and Evelyn Craft, executive director of The Belger Arts Center, the patron party provides an opportunity for patrons to meet artists and KCAI alumni who have been instrumental in the transformation of Belger Crane Yard Studios and the Kansas City community.
Belger Crane Yard Studios provides a gallery for ceramic artists and studio spaces for artists currently working in ceramics and metal sculpture and includes The Lawrence Lithography Workshop, where notable artists such as Akio Takamori have come to create art.
Belger and Craft welcome patron party attendees to their private loft, also part of the Belger Crane Yard Studios complex, which is is filled with furniture and decorative arts from the 20th and 21st centuries and which provides extraordinary views of the downtown skyline and the 18th and Vine District.
"What we hope to emphasize with the patron party is the economic impact that KCAI has on the community," said Craft.
"Guests will be able to meet the artists, see some of them at work and experience some hands on art projects. We hope people will come away with a recognition that it's not fluff, it's real people who are creating real businesses that are paying taxes, providing job opportunities and hiring others. The economic impact is truly significant and this will be a fun way to thank the patrons who are supporting KCAI."
Join us from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 27 at Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy St. for the "Art as Magic" gala patron party.
For more information contact us at 816-802-3463 or email Brigette Chirpich, special events director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
DST Systems, Inc.
Gala gourment dinner sponsor
Belger Cartage Service, Inc.
Printed program sponsor
Bryan Cave LLP / Nancy and Herb Kohn
Cocktail Hour sponsor
Print media sponsor
Mrs. Robert A. Marshall
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City
Halls Kansas City
Metzler Bros. Insurance
Mrs. Jeannette Nichols
Stinson Morrison Hecker
Meg and Bill Zahner
Annie and Rick Zander
Robert and Phyliss Bernstein
Mary Lou and Tom Brous
Betty and Jordan Bushman
Gastinger Walker Harden Architects
Pam and Gary Gradinger
Adele and Donald Hall
Linda and Topper Johntz
Bill and Peggy Lyons
Ann and Dan Musser
Jerry & Margaret Nerman, Nerman Family Fund
Lewis and Sue Nerman
Bradley and Linda Nicholson
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
United Heating Cooling & Plumbing
Joni and Larry Weiner
Clyde and Katie Wendel
Suzanne Eleanor Allen
Niki Lee Donawa / Truman Medical Centers
el dorado inc, architects
Entertainment Properties Trust
Tim and Jane Gelvin and Family
Jack and Karen Holland
Janet and Marshall Miller
Rick and Betsey Solberg
JoAnn and William D. Sullivan
Ann and Frank Uryasz
Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.
Maurice A. Watson
Mark and Pam Woodard
Allen Village School
Anonymous gift in honor of Steve Metzler and Brian Williams
David Brinkerhoff & Dan Meiners
Copaken Family Foundation
David Hughes, Jr.
Kirk Isenhour and Doug Anning
Mr. James W. Lacy and Mrs. Sherry Cromwell-Lacy
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Longbottom
Merrill Companies / Prairiefire
Network Business Products, Inc.
Kathy and Mike Rainen
Mark and Sandra Spencer
Frank and Helen Wewers
The Gown Gallery
*Pledges must be received by Jan. 16, 2012, in order to be recognized in the invitation.
Optional signature drink for an additional $2,500 donation includes: