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Kansas City Art Institute

Imagine what the world has yet to see

aka KCAI   |   Kansas City, MO   |  www.kcai.edu

Mission

To prepare gifted students to transform the world creatively through art and design. We can do this by (1) providing a rigorous education in art, design and the liberal arts that combines theory and creative application through facilitating aesthetic exploration and critical inquiry and reflection in a historical and contemporary context; (2) nurturing the professional, intellectual and personal growth of our students through access to dedicated preeminent, professionally active faculty; and (3) preparing our graduates for thriving multifaceted careers by creating partnerships that serve and involve the public, encourage lifelong learning and promote student engagement with local, national and international communities.

Ruling year info

1939

The Nerman Family President Interim

Allison Puff

The Nerman Family President Interim

Brian Henke

Main address

4415 Warwick Boulevard

Kansas City, MO 64111 USA

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EIN

44-0546278

NTEE code info

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Program

KCAI offers BFA degrees in the following major areas of study: animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, product design, sculpture, studio art with an emphasis on creative writing, and Freshman Foundation. The college also offers two specialized certificates in social practice and Asian studies. In 2018, a minor in Entrepreneurship in Art & Design was launched in partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Bloch School of Management and the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In 2022, the college added a minor in Sound. KCAI is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Higher Learning Commission.

Population(s) Served
Adults

KCAI offers summer programs to high school students, educators, visiting students, and community members by giving them access to the faculty and resources of KCAI through residencies, workshops, and classes. Every summer, high school students from across the country attend the Pre-College ArtLab (PCAL) to experience life as a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. Students work alongside accomplished faculty to expand their creativity technically and conceptually. During Educators ArtLab (EAL), educators dedicate one week to making art, network with peers from around the country, have an opportunity for special tours of Kansas City’s galleries and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and learn first-hand about the Kansas City Art Institute. Visiting students and community members are welcome to take KCAI summer courses for credit. Course offerings, schedules, and tuition information may be found at https://kcai.edu/summer-programs/.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

Dedicated to artists, art, and ideas since 1999, the Artspace serves the mission of the Kansas City Art Institute as a dynamic teaching museum, engaging students and introducing audiences to important contemporary art and artists. The Artspace’s vision is to contribute value and diversity to the artistic advancement of the city; to create meaningful collaborations that benefit regional artists and audiences; and to foster conversations and engagements that explore innovation, experimentation, knowledge, and create greater cultural understanding. The Center for Contemporary Practice offers students a cooperative and cross-disciplinary learning environment and acts as a site for the KCAI artist-in-residence program.

Population(s) Served
Teachers
Artists and performers

The Sponsored Studio program at KCAI integrates professional art and design opportunities into a course syllabus through partnerships with local companies and organizations. Unlike other internships or mentorships, Sponsored Studio gives students access to professionals in a variety of industries and offers them the challenges and excitement of working with clients on real projects that simulate a fast-paced professional design agency. For community partners, it is an opportunity to tap into KCAI’s pool of creative talent. Each year, more than ten Sponsored Studio projects are completed for community partners. Notable partners have been Humana, the Rabbit hOle, the KC Royals, UMB Bank, the Kansas City Zoo, and Tutera Real Estate.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students
Adults
Students

Where we work

Accreditations

Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation 2017

National Association of Schools of Art and Design - Accreditation 2031

Awards

Project of the Year - Barbara Marshall Residence Hall / Wylie Dining / Cafe Nerman 2020

American Institute of Architects

Design Excellence Award - Paul and Linda DeBruce Hall 2020

American Institute of Architects

Gold Award - Paul and Linda DeBruce Hall 2020

Interior Design Association

Gold Award - Vanderslice Mansion Restoration Project 2020

Interior Design Association

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design - Member 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Kansas City Art Institute

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Susan Seidler Nerman

Community Volunteer

Term: 2024 - 2021

Nancy Lee Kemper

Community Volunteer

Susan Seidler-Nerman

Community Volunteer

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Mark Woodward

Community Volunteer

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Independent Board Director, Artist, Entrepreneur

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Community Volunteer

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Todd Voth

Community Volunteer

Ann Willoughby

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/1/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/30/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.