KCAI appoints two new staff members for the School for Continuing and Professional Studies North Campus

1 September 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 1, 2010) — The Kansas City Art Institute recently announced the hire of Jen Johnson, assistant director, and Leslie Burgess, program assistant, for KCAI’s the School for Continuing and Professional Studies, North Campus, located at 1801 N.W. Platte Rd., #275, in Riverside, Mo.

Johnson was previously an environmental planner at HNTB Corporation for eight years. During that time, she gained experience in strategic planning, communications and program management. She also has been an active member of the Junior League of Kansas City for several years. Currently she is the Holiday Mart co-chair, having leadership responsibility for the league’s largest fundraiser, which is also one of the largest national fundraising events in the Junior League system. She has a J.D. degree and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa and a B.A. degree from Iowa State University. Johnson, her husband and their two children live in the Northland area.

Burgess returns to KCAI, having previously worked as the assistant to the director of the School of Design. She also was an administrative assistant at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Counseling and Testing Center. Most recently, she served as an associate evaluation coordinator at Avila University. There, she evaluated transfer credits, course equivalencies and G.P.A.s for all undergraduate students as well as creating and updating transcripts, processing major and minor changes and maintaining the student record database.

The KCAI North Campus, a 5,000-square-foot facility located in the Briarcliff Professional Plaza, offers a selection of art and design classes for children, youth and adults. For more information on KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies or to enroll in a class, visit www.kcai.edu/cps or call 816-802-3333.

Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2010, 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, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.

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