Student Groups & Activities

Students at KCAI often seem happiest when working late into the night in their studios, but opportunities abound for other types of experiences throughout the academic year.

Year-round

Archive Collective
Alternative resources for photographers, photo enthusiasts through screenings, publications, exhibitions, critiques and online photo discussions.
For more information about Archive Collective, please contact Florentino Diaz.
 
Art Club
The purpose of Art Club is to discuss topics relating to our personal artistic practice that also opens up relations to other departments and students.
For more information about Art Club, please contact Noah Gieger.
 
Art Play
ArtPlay is a student organization that marks the intersection of art and social action. Participants build creative skills and social awareness in the community. ArtPlay students engage people, direct projects, organize and manage volunteers and find funding to support their vision. ArtPlay members volunteer the number of hours their academic schedule permits. ArtPlay projects have included Home Grown, HALO, Alternative Means and the Free Water Campaign, as well as art projects with and for residents of the Rose Brooks Center, a domestic abuse shelter for women and their children.
If you are interested in joining or learning more about this organization, please contact Zophia McDougal or Janelle Ketcher, Ericka Patterson or Emily Stout.
 
Arts & Faith
An organization focused around the intersection of art and faith.
For more information, please contact Colin Kettler.
 
ArtSpace Advisory Council
The  ArtSpace Advisory Council is a group of ambitious students who act as collaborative liaisons between the ArtSpace staff and the student body. As an intermediary group, ASAC creates meaningful projects, interactions, and dialogue for the student body using the ArtSpace's resources and programs focusing on topics relevant to contemporary art practice. 
To learn more about joining this student organization, please contact Patricia Bordallo.
 
BACC (Black Artist Culture & Community)
BACC (Black Artists, Culture and Community) uses artistic talent to encourage cultural diversity through student leadership, mentorship, community service and campus activities. BACC seeks to foster a sense of community among students of color. It serves as a liaison between students and administration, giving students of color a voice on issues that are most pressing to them and serving as a resource to ensure that the social, cultural and educational needs of students are met.
If you are interested in joining or learning more about this organization, please contact Amber Thomas.
 
Bartholomew
Bartholomew is a student-driven stress relief group inspired by Jackson Pollock’s therapeutic painting methods
For more information about this organization, please contact Nerressa Bonitz or Hunter Pace.
 
Black Lungs
The KCAI Black Lungs Soccer Club is a student organization whose members participate in a Kansas City Soccer Dome adult coed league.  The team is sponsored in the fall and spring by KCAI.  Members also enjoy scheduled practices and impromptu games on the campus green.
If you are interested in joining or learning more about this organization, please contact Nathan Neufeld
 
Cause on Campus
This is a group affiliated with the Cause Church, and meets on Wendesday nights to have a church/Bible study meeting.
For more information about this organization, please contact Hallee Barbee.
 
Fitness Club
The Fitness Club is a commitment that understands the unique needs of art students at KCAI. It encourages fitness on a weekly/daily level and acts as a get-together for those of us who share the desire to stay fit. Goal: support one another with motivation.
For more information about this organization, please contact Joe Essi or Pierce Haley.
 
Ginkgoes Baseball
Recreational baseball team created to give students the opportunity to engage in a fun, athletic organization.
For more information about this organization, please contact Wolfgang Ibur.
 
KCAI Screening Room
The KCAI Screening Room is an interdepartmental community that aims to raise awareness and appreciation of cinema and to start a dialogue between class levels about time based media.  The films presented are eclectic in genre, ranging from art house movies to cult films to classical cinema. This group is for the cult film enthusiast and cinephile. 
To learn more about this organization, please contact Emma Provin.
 
KCAIR
Through using the online application Mixlr, KCAIR is a KCAI radio station that provides a platform for communal expression to help build new outlets for students to get their thoughts and ideas heard. This station also hosts weekly announcements of KCAI events and activities.
For more information about KCAIR and how to get involved, please contact Wolfgang Ibur or Damien Randolph-Spader.
 
Landscape Club
Landscape Clubs intends to facilitate the work of students who wish to work from the landscape in any fashion. It provides an outlet to meditative thought, but way of sincere communion with nature and a free opportunity to work away from judgment.
For more information about this organization, please contact Bailey Glass.
 
LOCAL (Latino Organization of Culture, Arts & Language)
A student organization to spread the culture, arts, and language throughout campus about Latin American culture.  
To learn more about this organization, please contact Edwing Mendez.
 
PLAY
PLAY aims to promote interdisciplinary, experimental animation.
The club will focus on teaching the history and fundamentals of animation so that students may understand the medium and be able to utilize it in their own studio practice. The club hopes to also create a liaison between the larger Kansas City animation community and our students through guest lectures, studio visits, and off campus gallery shows.
For more information about this organization, please contact Samantha Navarro.
 
QUILTBAG APP
QUILTBAG APP (Queer, Undeclared, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender, Asexual, Gay, Polyamorous, Panromantic) strives to provide a safe space for discussion and moral support, promoting awareness and visibility among the group’s own community and then within the campus and surrounding community by creating an atmosphere of acceptance, tolerance, self-pride, support and understanding.
If you are interested in joining or learning more about this organization, please contact Donut Goshorn.
 
The Illustration Student Committee
The Illustration Student Committee strives to facilitate an open and discursive relationship between students and faculty, and to push the standard of the Illustration department in order to foster a lasting sense of pride and accomplishment of both parties
For more information about this organization, please contact Rosie Ruzicka.

Community Connection Day (August)

A highlight of the orientation experience at KCAI is Community Connection Day. At the start of the fall semester, entering freshman and transfer students are grouped into teams that spend a day partnering with local community service organizations. Partner organizations have included a community rain garden, a food bank and a youth arts organization. The experience helps students forge friendships and provides them with a glimpse into the life Kansas City, a metropolitan area noted for community involvement and public-private partnerships. 

Bicycle Club, soccer and dodge ball

Fall and spring are ideal times for sports activities on and off campus. Among the most popular at KCAI are bicycling, soccer and dodge ball. KCAI students who play soccer and dodge ball compete in intramural leagues, with many games hosted on the KCAI campus. The campus Bicycle Club not only organizes rides in cooperation with the Kansas City Bicycle Club but also operates a bicycle repair shop on campus, with workshops held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays in Baty House, the liberal arts building.

Hispanic Heritage Month (September/October)

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions of Hispanic Americans and celebrates Hispanic culture. It begins each year on Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) and also celebrates declarations of independence by Mexico (Sept. 16) and Chile (Sept. 18). On campus, celebrations have included music performances, Movie Night and tango lessons.

Day of the Dead parade (October)

Led by Russell Ferguson, director of the School of the Foundation Year and a 1988 printmaking graduate of KCAI, this much-anticipated annual tradition entails freshman students’ learning a percussion routine, creating amazing costumes and treating the campus to an energetic and noisy campus-wide walkabout in late October.

Halloween Dance (October)

Sponsored by Student Assembly, the annual Halloween Dance inspires costume creativity at its finest.

End-of-semester exhibition and sale (December and May)

Each academic semester culminates with an exhibition and sale of student work in all departments. The event draws hundreds of buyers and viewers from the community, who often arrive early and stand in line to get the first glimpse of collectible and coveted student work. Proceeds from sales benefit both the departments and the individual students whose work is sold. 

Martin Luther King Day (January)

During the winter intersession, the college observes Martin Luther King Day. The public is invited to attend the celebration, which typically includes a re-enactment of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a video about the Civil Rights Movement, an interpretive dance and free birthday cake.

Black History Month (February)

The college celebrates Black History Month with a series of lectures, performances and presentations. The dining hall traditionally hosts a lunch featuring soul food to celebrate African-American culinary traditions. 

Spring Festival (April)

Celebrating spring is a late-April tradition at KCAI. Highlights include a an annual volleyball tournament.

Annual B.F.A. Exhibition (April/May)

A high point of the academic year is the annual B.F.A. exhibition, which takes place at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI. Open to the public, the show culminates with a public reception on the evening before commencement. Work by graduating seniors is included in the exhibition.

Kickstarter projects

Discover the variety of projects for which KCAI students are seeking supporter through Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects. View the list of current projects.

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