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American Institute Of Graphic Arts

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1801 Mcgee Street Suite 100 Kansas City MO 64108 USA


Aigakc's purpose is to advance excellence in graphic design as a discipline, profession and cultural force. The organization provides leadership for more than 650 members in the exchange of ideas and information, the encouragement of critical analysis and research, and the advancement of education and ethical practice.


Graphics arts programs: in pursuing their exempt purpose, the american institute of graphic arts - kansas city chapter (aiga-kc), provides leadership for 650 members in the exchange of ideas and information, the encouragement of critical analysis and research, and the advancement of education and ethical practice. Aiga kansas city offers a variety of programming throughout the year that supports the interests of our diverse membership base, regardless of career stage. This includes quintessential inspirational lectures from national design leaders, workshops and business development to grow a designer's skill set, the homegrown series spotlighting local collaboration, as well as social networking events. Programming in 2014 included drawn to you: an evening with timothy goodman; homebrewed: a homegrown event; sign painters: the movie; letter together: a hand lettering workshop; design 4 good poster exhibition; how we live: trends presentation; design 360: 3 rock star designers, 6 questions, 0 boring presentations; and the culminating a10 competition with exhibition and gala. Attendance at these events was 25 for the limited capacity workshop to over 400 attendees at the exhibitions.

kansas city design week: aiga-kc teamed with other design disciplines to host multiple diverse events during the annual design week. Programs for the week focused on building and celebrating a design community in kansas city. Attendance was over 1,200 at design week's thirteen events in 10 days. Events held during design week included the opening party, how design built the brand, open studio night, maker's corner, design is delicious, branding and building a new new york, kc future designers challenge, improv training for your creative muscles, designers who lunch, the untold stories of giants, from blogger to tastemaker, monster drawing rally, and monsters of design. This was a spectacular design week.

programs for student members: aiga-kc promoted growth in the graphic design profession during 2014 with several programs offered to junior and high school students. A studio crawl allowed student members to tour local studios after work hours, paper and printing 101 was a primer on paper and printing for 24 students, and an 8 week after school design program was coordinated for 20 junior high school students. The portfolio workshop, hosted at a local art school one saturday, provided 80 high school juniors and seniors with resources to assist them with career search and planning, including 35 student members each receiving three one-on-one portfolio reviews.

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