See yourself in Kansas City
A metropolitan city with a population of about two million people, Kansas City is an intersection of arts, culture, innovation and imagination. Kansas City’s ideal location in the heart of the country makes it a thriving national hub for arts and culture.
In recent years, the city has enjoyed an amazing renaissance. New landmarks include the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, where KCAI students worked with architect Moshe Safdie to create murals for this iconic building, along with downtown attractions that include the Sprint Center and the Kansas City Power & Light District. The Crossroads Arts District in midtown Kansas City has a First Friday gallery crawl that attracts thousands of people to experience the visual and performing arts.
In 2012, Google Fiber chose Kansas City as the first site for its ultra high-speed network expansion.
Last fall, The Huffington Post ranked Kansas City as the most exciting “it” city in the United States. Here are just a few of the publications taking note:
- Best Small Cities in the U.S. – National Geographic
- 6 reasons Kansas City is the Most Lovable of Cities – Huffington Post
- 8th of Top 20 Quirkiest Cities in America – Travel + Leisure
- Destination: Kansas City – Associationsnow.com
- 1st of Top 5 Cities to Keep on Your Radar – Huffington Post
- 4th Hottest Start-Up City – Entrepreneur Magazine
- Top 10 Cities for Creatives – Huffington Post
- 3rd of Best Places to Drink Coffee – GQ/Yahoo
- Top 9 Best Cities for Jobs – CBS News
- One of the 7 Most Underrated Food Cities – Thrillist
- Home of the Kansas City Royals, 2015 World Series Champions – NY Times
- 6th of Top 16 Museums with Outstanding Architecture – Curbed.com
- No. 18: America’s Most Romantic Cities – Travel + Leisure
- Why you should visit Kansas City – Vogue
THINGS TO SEE + DO
One of the most important things for prospective students to know about Kansas City is how welcoming it is to art and design students. The number of art galleries in Kansas City that offer student exhibitions, internships and opportunities to meet acclaimed artists rivals that of any city in the country.
At KCAI, your learning laboratory extends beyond campus to world-class museums, beautiful parks and a thriving arts corridor.
Kansas City is alive with art, dance, theater, eclectic local attractions, international events and music of all kinds, including jazz, for which Kansas City is famous. A few blocks north and west of the campus is the historic Westport neighborhood–home to restaurants, an independent movie theatre and local coffeehouses. Also the city’s best vintage clothing shops can be found along nearby on 39th Street.
It’s easy to bike around campus or the city. One of the many rental bike stations located throughout the metro can be found just a block away from the school.
Below are links to websites with more information about things to see and do in Kansas City.
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