KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 23, 2010) — March is National Youth Art Month, and the Kansas City Art Institute is celebrating by reminding parents throughout the Kansas City area that opportunities abound for them to nurture the creativity of their children by taking them to museums and art galleries, providing them with art supplies at home and enrolling them in art classes such as those offered at KCAI.
“It’s amazing to see what our young artists produce in art and design classes they attend on our two campuses,” said Shirley O’Leary, associate vice president for special programs at KCAI. She noted that evening, weekend and summer classes are given at both the main KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd., in midtown Kansas City, and at the Northland campus, 1801 N.W. Platte Rd. Children age 6 and up and teenagers can explore animation, ceramics, painting, drawing and much more, she said.
“During National Youth Art Month, we want to honor the talent of the youth we work with every day,” O’Leary said.
National Youth Art Month is sponsored by the Council for Art Education, whose Web site states that “art education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others and critical thinking skills -- skills vital to the success of our future leaders: our children.”
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. KCAI also 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.