KIA To Begin Charging Admission in January

Posted: December 10, 2012
Source: Farrell L Howe
Job Title: Marketing & PR Coordinator
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112

KIA Facade - Head On View

Beginning January 2, 2012 The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will charge a gallery admission fee for the general public. KIA Members will still receive free admission.

Gallery admission fees to the KIA will be:

  • Adults $5
  • Middle/High School/College students with valid ID: $2
  • KIA Members/youth 12 and under/school groups and active military personnel: free

The gallery admission fee applies to those visiting the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts to view artwork shown in the galleries and the collection located on the lower level. Programs and events at the KIA may include an additional fee.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a non-profit art museum that relies on the public to sustain its mission. The new admission policy will bring the KIA in line with most art museums, including eight of Michigan's nine other non-university art museums that charge non-member admission fees.

Unrelenting fiscal challenges and rising costs have made it difficult for the KIA to mount important exhibitions that in recent years, have featured an array of artwork, including ancient English alabaster sculpture, photographs by Yousuf Karsh and Elliott Erwitt, prints from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and paintings by Norman Rockwell.

The new admission fee policy will help sustain the KIA's efforts to bring quality, fine-art exhibitions to Kalamazoo. The policy also will increase the value of a KIA Membership, which yields many benefits including free admission to most KIA programs and events, reduced tuition on Art School classes and Gallery Shop discounts.

For more information about the new admission policy, please call (269) 349-7775.