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Kansas City Art Institute hosts open house for new facility

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Posted at 6:49 PM, Jan 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-18 19:49:46-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A home away from home.

That’s what students at the Kansas City Art Institute asked for when the school built a new residence hall, dining hall and cafe on campus.

Today, the public had a chance to see the facility and hear from the institute’s president, Tony Jones, what went into the design.

“This is an art school,” Jones said. “So you want the state of the art for students of art and design and technology and craft and media. We wanted to do something really special."

The new facility, according to Jones, applies the institute’s approach called “SEWING.”

“SEW stands for sleep, eat, work,” Jones said. “So here they can sleep in wonderful rooms, they can eat in a fantastic dining facility, and they can work in studios, and they can walk to those studios which are just a few feet away.”

The studios are walking distance from students’ rooms and the dining hall in an effort to add convenience and efficiency for students.