Academy for Integrated Arts Celebrates “Night at the Nelson”


KANSAS CITY, MO – About 100 students, parents and guests at the Academy for Integrated Arts (AFIA), a charter public school in mid-town Kansas City, celebrated the end of the school’s first academic year with a special “Night at the Nelson” on June 6, 2013. The school’s mission is to use the arts in a rigorous curriculum as it prepares students to enter a highly selective college-prep high school.

The evening at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art kicked off with a dinner and show. First and second graders presented an original theater performance that they created, exhibiting their knowledge of onstage and off-stage actions. They took a brief tour of current museum exhibits, while also viewing their own artwork on display. Students later spent the evening creating their next masterpiece in hands-on activities with museum staff.

The school, which offers grades kindergarten through second, was started in the fall of 2012 under the sponsorship of the University of Missouri—Kansas City. The school will expand to the third grade next school year, with plans to add a grade each year until it reaches sixth grade. The small classroom sizes allow teachers to help students develop their creativity through the concept of “Imaginative Learning.”

Enrollment for the 2013-14 school year is underway at the school located at 5604 Troost Ave., or online at For more information about the school, call 816-444-1720.

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