Kansas City Art Institute is fortunate to have three unique auxiliary groups committed to preserving our history, assisting our students, and ensuring our future. KCAI is the beneficiary for both the Fireside and Vanderslice special events. Each group serves a distinct, and special purpose at the college.
In December 1932, during the great depression, the Fireside committee was formed after school leaders appealed to the community for support. Prominent woman from Kansas City responded and met around the fireside in Vanderslice Hall. They have been working on behalf of KCAI ever since.
Today, Fireside members enjoy programs year-round and host an annual event that raises significant support for both the Annual Fund and Fireside endowed scholarship.
This educational auxiliary conducts monthly events for members and the public to increase awareness about artists in the community and about the Kansas City Art Institute. Sketch Box meets in locations all around the greater Kansas City metro in artist studios, galleries, and homes.
The Vanderslice Committee raises funds specifically for the beautification and restoration of historic Vanderslice Hall, the college’s main administrative building. Vanderslice is a historic mansion that dates back to 1896 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month from Sept. to May, excluding January, and each meeting has a theme or educational component. Members enjoy a social, welcoming environment as they work together in preparation for the annual fundraising event.