KCAI appoints director for special programs for main and Northland campus

26 April 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 26, 2010) — The Kansas City Art Institute this week announced the hire of Tabitha Schmidt as director of special programs for KCAI’s main and Northland campuses.  The main campus is located at 4415 Warwick Blvd., and the Northland Campus for Special Programs is at 1801 N.W. Platte Rd., #275, in Riverside, Mo. Both locations offer programs for children, youth and adults as well as special opportunities for art educators and for high-school students thinking about majoring in art and design in college.

Most recently, Schmidt was manager of tour programs and associate educator for tours and adult learning at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where, among other duties, she oversaw the docent training program. At the Nelson, she managed a volunteer corps of 160 individuals, three full-time staff and six rotating interns a year; presented public lectures, classes and enrichment sessions for internal and external audiences; and developed a multi-year curriculum and training format for new docents.

Before joining the Nelson, she was director of instruction for Kansas City Young Audiences Community School of the Arts, which she helped launch in 2004, overseeing hiring and supervising of more than 50 faculty members in dance, theater, visual arts, creative writing and music.

Schmidt earned a bachelor’s degree in art with a minor in French from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., and she holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also studied at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, on a study abroad program.

The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. In addition to its "Current Perspectives" lecture series, the college hosts a range of public programs, including exhibitions, events and partnerships in the community, to benefit the general public, as well as evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults.

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For more information, contact Liz Murray, 816-802-3458 or emurray@kcai.edu