KIA Announces Partnership with First National Bank of Michigan

Posted: August 31, 2017

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Announces Partnership with

First National Bank of Michigan Focused on Diversity & Inclusion

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) is pleased to announce a partnership with First National Bank of Michigan, according to Belinda Tate, Executive Director of the KIA. The bank will sponsor the KIA's diversity and inclusion arts education programming.

We know that healthy families are enriched by cultural experiences outside the home, says Daniel Bitzer, First National Bank of Michigan President & CEO. We're glad to help broaden the KIA's reach to families who have not taken advantage of the great family experiences and educational programs they offer.

The kickoff event of the KIA's 2017-18 season will be a free back to school party September 8, 5-8 pm.

The See Yourself Back to School Bash will welcome community organizations serving youth and families to offer back-to-school info, activities, and resources to help all students be their best for the start of school: self-assured, selfless, self-reliant, and to believe in and take care of themselves.

The partnership with First National Bank of Michigan will also support the free monthly program Art Detectives, presented by the KIA's Museum Education Department and Fine Arts Library. Art Detectives introduces children 4-8 to the art museum, teaching them how to look at and appreciate art through storytelling, guided looking, and hands-on art-making.

In October, the KIA will welcome all to its annual Everyone's A Member Day, on Friday, October 6, sponsored by First National Bank of Michigan. Benefits include free admission all day, class and shop discounts, and an exhibition reception in the evening for Art Hop.

Other programs supported will include artGirls, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, which supports underserved preteen girls from Kalamazoo; and outreach to Kalamazoo Public School families through Lift Up Through Literacy.

The KIA's Executive Director Belinda Tate stated, As the KIA strives to serve the educational and cultural needs of area families, we are gratified to be able to broaden our outreach with First National Bank of Michigan's support of our diversity and inclusion programs.