News Bites: Continuing Studies Prepares for Another Summer of Creativity and Community Building
Although things may be settling into a slower pace here at KCAD as summer begins, the Continuing Studies department is ramping up for another exceptionally busy summer with more than 1000 youth, adult, and professional students from all over the world expected to participate in day camps, courses, tours, and professional development.
Continuing Studies took a number of internal steps to strengthen the services it provides to the surrounding community in the past several years. Landing a Grand Rapids Jaycees grant last year, for instance, enabled the purchase of web cams, video cameras, tablets, and other digital technologies that can now be provided to youth program participants who don’t have their own equipment.
A young creative shows off her work during a Continuing Studies Spring Break Camp
Currently, Continuing Studies partners with The Franciscan Life Process Center, Forest Hills Public Schools, Caledonia Public Schools, Kent District Library, the Salvation Army Kroc Center, and other local organizations to offer KCAD branded courses at their locations. The Grand Rapids Community Foundation is one of the organizations that each summer sponsor numerous scholarships for inner city youth to attend KCAD day camps.
This coming summer Continuing Studies is hosting two Portfolio Camps for 16-18 year olds from across the country who are interested in attending art college. In collaboration with college faculty and admissions, programming is being designed to give campers a taste of what KCAD and the city of Grand Rapids have to offer. Campers will be housed for the two week camps at Aquinas College.
At a recent Continuing Studies Open House event
Also, in collaboration with admissions and international recruiter David Du, Continuing Studies is hosting several groups of young students from China for tailor-made day camps in July and August. In terms of the extended KCAD community, Continuing Studies is a major catalyst for internal community building, employing over 100 KCAD alumni, adjunct faculty and students yearly, and offering courses and professional development to full-time employees free of charge.
“We see our mission as very far reaching, and really there’s no limit to the number of different organizations and individuals we can serve”, says Brenda Sipe, Director of Continuing Studies. “We want to be a conduit for creative discovery, engagement, and representing KCAD wherever we can.”
For more information, visit kcad.edu/continuing-studies.