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Fueling a desire to create, FADS will include hallway gallery spaces, a covered outdoor courtyard, a high-bay studio and multistory classrooms.

Fine Arts & Design Studio North Entrance

Just steps away from the Carlsen Center and bordered by Wylie Hospitality and Culinary Academy and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the Fine Arts & Design Studios will exude synergy, fostering and inspiring the imaginations of students.

FADS will contain all Fine Arts programs now in ATB as well as Graphic Design and the newly added Film Studies department. Within its 37,000 square feet, students will find:

  • Hallway gallery spaces
  • A covered outdoor courtyard
  • A high-bay studio
  • Multistory classrooms 

The new addition joins the Wylie Hospitality and Culinary Academy and our performing and visual arts facilities – the Carlsen Center and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art – to create an Arts Neighborhood.

“In the fine arts are these silos of specialties, but the trend is to break through those silos,” says Fine Arts Professor Mark Cowardin. “Painters are embracing more materials, and sculptors are working with ceramics and drawing. We want that sort of cross-pollination, not only with our students but with our professors. We are encouraging a creativity zone where we can build on our reputation and present to our students the opportunity for innovation.”


To capture the best students, JCCC needs excellent facilities. The expanded, modern environment becomes a creativity zone where JCCC can build on our reputation and present to our students the opportunity for innovation. This will increase exposure and encourage enrollment in the creative arts, an industry that’s crucial to the future of Kansas City’s economic growth.


Expect to find students like Valerie Hird working in the new building in 2019. Hird’s high school counselor advised her to enjoy art as a hobby, not a career, so she enrolled in a nursing program. She intended to do art on the side but found herself physically and emotional exhausted at the end of the day.


Then she discovered graphic design.


“Life just isn’t the same when you’re not making something,” says Hird, who is now enrolled in the Graphic Design program. “I know a degree from JCCC will prepare me, and I’ll have something the market will value.”