KCAI to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

7 January 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 7, 2011) –– The Kansas City Art Institute will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 in Epperson Auditorium, which is located in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd. The program is free and open to the public; however seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The program will begin with “Eyes on the Prize,” a short documentary film about the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Charles Coulter, former op-ed editor at The Kansas City Star, who has taught African American history at KCAI and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will speak on the importance of the Civil Rights movement. Guests are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. There will be a cake in honor of King, and participants will receive a free lapel button also honoring him.

For information about KCAI’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration or Black History Month events planned for February at KCAI, contact Geri Sanders in the President’s Office at 816-802-3435 or gsanders@kcai.edu or Tori Sinclair in the Academic Resource Center at 816-802-3379 or tsinclair@kcai.edu.

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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Contact: Lauren Tobin, 816-802-3532 or ltobin@kcai.edu