KCAI Continuing and Professional Studies announces partnership with Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

24 August 2012

Kansas City, Mo. (Aug. 24, 2012) – Kansas City Art Institute’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies in partnership with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents “Here’s Looking at Art,” a new course series in art appreciation. Starting this fall, courses developed to help participants understand art in numerous contexts will be offered. 

During each course students will navigate the Nelson with their instructor and learn basic tools for interpreting art. The first course in the series, “Introduction to Looking at Art,” led by Dr. Rose May, head of interpretation at the museum, begins Oct. 4. The four-class course will take place weekly from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings at the Nelson.

“The Nelson-Atkins is thrilled to partner with KCAI,” said Adam Johnson, head of public programs at the museum. “These two great Kansas City institutions are dedicated to offering rewarding educational opportunities, and these courses will be an enriching opportunity for adults to develop art literacy skills while having fun in the museum’s galleries.”

“Learning the language of art and feeling comfortable discussing it is one of our core missions,” added Tabitha Schmidt, director of the School for Continuing and Professional Studies at KCAI. “Being able to utilize the world-class art collection at the Nelson-Atkins provides an opportunity for students to study and discuss western and non-western art forms.”

Registration for the series is available online at www.kcai.edu/artforeveryone.

About Kansas City Art Institute

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 and multimedia studies for children, youth and adults through the School for Continuing and Professional Studies. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization.

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For more information, contact Cat Szalkowski at 816-802-3458 or cszalkowski@kcai.edu, or Sonja Garrett at 816-802-3489 or sgarrett@kcai.edu