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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.

Notes from the nonprofit

Comments from Tony Jones, KCAI President In FY 21, KCAI opened the Barbara Marshall Residence Hall, Wylie Dining, and Café Nerman. Students settled into their new home away from home and neighbors popped by for a cup of coffee. Everything was tracking well until right before spring break in March. Due the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the difficult decision to close the campus and suspend in-person classes. KCAI had to completely shift gears. We instituted virtual learning quickly and successfully due to the tremendous efforts of our faculty and staff. Our students adapted to new ways of learning and creating. Without access to studios, they continued to make spectacular work in parks, garages, and apartments. It wasn’t a substitute for the kind of studio and intensive faculty-student interaction that is at the core of KCAI, but they made it work. The opening of new academic and studio spaces marked the completion of our campus transformation, started in 2015. With our capital campaign

Ruling year info

1939

The Nerman Family President

Mr. Tony Jones

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, 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. KCAI is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Higher Learning Commission.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Kansas City Art Institute's Continuing Education (CE) program offers art and design classes for youth and adults, as well as specialized programs for high school students, art educators and professionals. Evening, weekend, summer and online courses for adults and youth provide a variety of options to meet any person’s schedule. Classes are held on campus, at area schools, and at other locations throughout the metro in conjunction with partnering organizations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

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

Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation 2007

National Association of Schools of Art and Design - Accreditation 2011

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Ethnicities represented within KCAI’s student body are as follows: White/Non-Hispanic 65%; Hispanic/Latino 12%; Black 8%; Two or More Races 6%; Asian or Pacific Islander 5%; Not Reported/Unknown 3%; Resident Alien 1%; American Indian or Alaskan Native <1%. Approximately 27% of KCAI students are male, and 72% are female. On average, over 98% of KCAI students have high financial need, and 43% are Pell Grant eligible. KCAI does not track household income information for Art Educator Lab or Pre-College Art Lab participants; however, these students may apply for need- and merit-based scholarships to the summer residency programs. The Artspace and KCAI Gallery track the number of visiting artists at various career levels exhibiting in the respective spaces. In FY 21, there were 598 student and

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    KCAI formally surveys its alumni and students. The feedback is used to develop new programs. Recent alumni feedback indicated there was a high degree of interest for students to graduate with more business acumen. As a result, in FY 19, KCAI developed and launched two new academic programs – a major in Product Design and a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies in Art and Design. Students recently shared concerns with KCAI administration. The students advocated for increased diversity, social justice, and equity in KCAI’s programs, curriculum, policies, and procedures. KCAI formed an advisory council tasked making actionable recommendations to the senior leadership and board. The students’ concerns were met with a written plan for immediate changes, and changes that will occur over time.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    As part of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, KCAI formed the President’s Action Council and the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Sustainability (IDEAS) working group. The IDEAS working group submits recommendations to the President’s Action Council, which then implements the recommendations based upon budget, timelines, and strategic priorities. Two students, representing multiple aspects of diversity serve on the IDEAS working group alongside C-suite level administrators, board members, faculty, and staff.

  • 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 09/01/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Susan Seidler Nerman

Community Volunteer

Term: 2024 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mr. Herb Kohn

Bryan Cave LLP

Term: 2019 - 2022

Nancy Kemper

Community Volunteer

Mark Spencer

Hallmark Cards, Inc

Herb Kohn

Bryan Cave LLP

Daniel Musser

Zimmer Real Estate Services

Susan Seidler-Nerman

Community Volunteer

Cathy Brents

Freelance Graphic Designer, Art Director, Interior Designer and Artist

Howard Harris

Eagle:xm

Jay Tomlinson

Helix Architecture + Design

Kathy Walter-Mack

Focus Consulting LLC

Thomas Dowling

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Joshua Rowland

Lead Bank

Kristin Goodman

GoodLINES Design

Tracie Tempel

Peyton Lane, LLC

Julián Zugazagoitia

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Megan Wyeth

Megan Wyeth Photography & Design

Tony Jones

The Nerman Family President, Kansas City Art Institute

Laura Flanigan

Community Volunteer

Whitney Kerr

Cushman Wakefield

Bill Crandall

CBC Real Estate Group

Lisa Murray

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Pauline Verbeek-Cowart

Ellen Copaken

Sterling-Rice Group

Brian Kauffman

Prairie Chapel Management, LLC

Holly Neilsen

Baring Vostok Capital Partners

Murray Woodard II

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Mark Woodward

Retired

Brad Kroh

Summit Street Consulting

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 8/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender 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.