Social Practice Certificate

The Social Practice Certificate is a 15-hour academic program that exists to inspire and inform students whose practice is interdisciplinary. 

Poster design by Hector Casanova ('98 illustration and art history)
Students pursuing the certificate in social practice may be interested in
  • Challenging systems of value
  • Examining issues of social and/or environmental justice through community engagement and critical interventions
  • Political activism
  • The creation of new genre public art 
The Social Practice Certificate reflects a re-envisioning and evolution of the 15-credit Community Art and Service Learning certificate program, familiarly known as CASL. The core courses for the certificate remain "Collaborative Art Practices," "The Artist’s Role in Society" and an internship with a nonprofit organization. 
Curriculum and instruction emphasize reading, discourse, reflection and collaborative engagement as realized in the work of contemporary social practitioners. 
Assessment of work made by Social Practice Certificate students will be based on process, concept, context and relational aesthetics in addition to adhering to KCAI’s high standards of creativity, risk-taking, problem-solving and high technical skills.

The evolution of the CASL program to become the Social Practice Certificate reflects KCAI's commitment to supporting young artists who are committed to social engagement. 

View a recap of CASL activities and accomplishments.

KCAI's community partners include:

  • 816 Bike Collective
  • Accessible Arts
  • Arts in Prison
  • Berkley Child Development Center (UMKC)
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • De LaSalle Education Center
  • HALO Foundation
  • Mattie Rhodes
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • Rose Brooks Center

For more information about the Social Practice Certificate, contact Julie Metzler, director of special programs, at 816-802-3357 or

Social Practice Certificate requirement sheet

The Social Practice Certificate requirement sheet is available here (PDF).