July 27, 2017

Donutology Hosts July 29 Book Signing with Author Bill Severns

Donutology at 1009 Westport Road will host motivational speaker and author Bill Severns for a signing of his new book, “Donuts, Diamonds, and Dreams” on July 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. The inspirational story draws on Severns’ 22-year baseball career, which included six years playing in the Milwaukee Brewers Farm System, and also doubles as an interactive journal that encourages readers to write their story as well as draw pictures throughout. Students from the Kansas City Art Institute—many whom will attend the book-signing event— created the striking illustrations for the book. 

“As a business owner, I discovered my own passion, have taken risks, and worked hard to achieve my goals—I find Bill Severns’ message relatable and inspiring, ” say Andrew Cameron, founder of Donutology. “We are excited to host him at Donutology so we can share our two passions, coaching others and making high-quality donuts, respectively, with the greater community.”

“I can’t think of a better place to share Donuts, Diamonds, and Dreams than at Donutology, which of course serves delicious donuts and is a space that brings families together,” says Severns. “This book is a practical tool to continue the engagement process with your family. Children talk to your parents. Parents talk to your children. It’s never too early.”

Severns will give away a signed copy of  “Donuts, Diamonds and Dreams” every half hour during the event.

October 12, 2017

KCAI Brings Creativity to the Workplace

Just weeks ago, for 48-hours the Kansas City Art Institute’s David T. Beals III Studios for Art & Technology were full of contestants dreaming up great ideas, crafting prototypes and products at the national Make 48 product competition. Our students were there every step of the way providing their expertise in fabrication, graphic design, photography, filmmaking and tech support. It’s part of KCAI’s ongoing commitment to give our students real-world, hands-on experience to prepare them for successful careers. In fact, we often work with businesses to provide unique opportunities for students who bring a creative, fresh approach to your organization’s challenges.  KCAI students have worked on a range of projects from product design for Weld Wheels, rebranding for Powell Gardens and medical illustrations for Children’s Mercy Hospital. Learn how our talented students can work with your business through internships and our Sponsored Studio program. Contact me at rwilliams@kcai.edu or 816-302-3527. KCAI has hosted Make48 twice. Last year’s competition is the focus of an eight-part documentary running in more than 200 public television markets across the country. You can see it Sundays at 5:30 p.m. on KCPT Channel 19.

September 27, 2017

GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENTS CREATE POSTERS FOR FOLLY THEATER JAZZ SERIES

For nine years KCAI Graphic Design students have been collaborating with the Folly to create posters for their jazz series. A panel of judges put together by the Folly was on campus this morning to choose the six winners from the 16 poster series design.  Matt Stewart from Fox4 News was on hand to cover the project. This project is a win-win for everyone involved. The Folly receives beautiful posters to promote their series, and the students get valuable experience working with clients. “Up to this point in their education, most of the students have only done work that has been assigned and critiqued by instructors. This is their initial experience in communicating someone else’s message out into the public. Serving clients is a great training ground for internships, interviewing and ultimately their professional practice,” said Tyler Galloway. The professional and educational value of the Folly collaboration is far-reaching, but according to Galloway, the project has even bigger meaning.“It’s so important for students to interact with other arts organizations like the Folly. Part of what we are teaching our students is the power of giving back and the importance of being civically engaged,” he said.