In February 2016, along with Kansas City Art Institute’s Fiber Department, Chair Pauline Verbeek-Cowart and faculty, I hosted a Surface Design member’s gathering at the Institute. It was terrific to visit the department with around thirty Kansas and Missouri members (and guests) to hear presentations by three emerging recent grads. I was asked to write an online article for the Surface Design Association, describing the event, the grant process and how it was planned. The idea was to inspire other representatives and members to utilize resources and institutions they may have in their locations. As an alumna, I love revisiting KCAI and am so happy the event went well, thanks to all involved! Here is a link to the article I wrote, “How I Build Textile Art Community in Kansas and Missouri”. There are LOTS of pictures of attendees and participants! Read my article here.