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At KCAI, our mission and purpose is to prepare gifted students to transform the world creatively through art and design.  To achieve this goal, we need the student, the teacher, and you. 
Gifts to KCAI's Annual Fund help finance the gap between tuition and the actual costs of all we offer your student, including personalized student services, state-of-the-art equipment, dedicated faculty and, most importantly, student scholarships.


    • 107 juniors and seniors participated in internships during the 2015-16 school year.  Internships provide students with career training and professional connections in Kansas City, which was recently ranked as the #10 city for creatives (by a SmartAsset study) and #2 in the nation for highest average pay for "artists and related." (Kansas City Business Journal).
    • 100% of our faculty are practicing artists and scholars in their field.  KCAI attracts accomplished educators through our competitive benefits, endowed chair positions and advanced facilities and technology.
    • Kansas Citians have resoundingly decided that arts and culture is an important capstone of our community.  Support of visual and performing arts organizations has helped make Kansas City the #4 Most Cultured City in America (by Travel+Leisure magazine) and has made the arts one of the largest employers of the region, accounting for 8,436 jobs and contributing $273 million to our local economy.

You are essential to our success.  Your gift to KCAI’s Annual Fund signals your support for all that we do.  Thank you for partnering with us in promoting the future of art and design education in Kansas City.