Kansas City Art Institute offers Japanese language course online; receives grant from Japan Foundation

30 September 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 30, 2013) — The Kansas City Art Institute began offering its first-ever online B.F.A. courses thanks to a $19,000 grant from the Japan Foundation. KCAI introduced an online Japanese language and culture class for the fall 2013 semester as part of its Asian Studies Certificate Program.

“If it weren’t for the generosity of the Japan Foundation, we would not be able to provide our students the comprehensive education that prepares them to be global citizens,” said Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., KCAI president. “We are very grateful for their gift.”
Members of the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago will be on the KCAI campus Oct. 4 for a formal check presentation and ceremony to celebrate this occasion. A reception has been scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. in Vanderslice Hall.
KCAI is in conversation with the Kake Educational Institution in Kurashiki, Japan, a sister city of Kansas City, Mo., about a possible exchange program between both organizations. The exchange program would provide KCAI’s Japanese language students the chance to immerse themselves into the culture, language and experience of living in Japan.
“KCAI’s flexibility and initiative to accommodate students interested in Japanese language study in both the classroom and in online settings is truly an innovative approach to learning,” said Amy Klouse, technology and information coordinator for the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago. “In addition, courses that incorporate art terminology and class content that is tailored to accommodate visual learners makes the art institute’s approach to language study markedly unique.”
About the 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, 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: Brian Spano, 816-802-3532 or bspano@kcai.edu