First Annual KCAI/UMKC Freshman Convergence at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

We are pleased to announce the first annual Freshman Convergence between the Kansas City Art Institute and UMKC Conservatory incoming freshman.  The semester kicks off with a joint event at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, August 29, 2014, 10:00 a.m. 

The morning begins with introductions followed by Get Real, a talk by Brett Reif, Director of the Foundation School at KCAI.  The event features live performances by Conservatory graduate student Xiangyu Zhao, who performs Norman DelloJoio’s Capriccio on the Interval of a Second, and Conservatory professor of saxophone, Zach Shemon, who performs Chen Yi’s Ancient Dances, as well as conversation with Mara Gibson and Sarah Tyrrell, collaborators on the MUSE curriculum.

Part of the curriculum of KCAI’s Foundation Year and of the Conservatory’s freshman MUSE class is to introduce students to art outside their particular area of interest.  The objective is to help students make connections between time periods and eras, schools of thought, traditions and techniques, and current trends in art, music, and dance.  

With world-class facilities within reach of their dorm rooms, it’s a time for students to begin to understand the landscape of art outside of the classroom. 

The convergence will continue throughout the semester with a collaborative assignment between students at both schools.

For more information, contact Dr. Mara Gibson, 816-235-2742,

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949