Speaker Date Topic
Randy Williams May 31, 2024
Impressions of the Kansas City Art Institute


Presentation overview:

Kansas City Art Institute - KC’s Hidden Gem

The Kansas City Art Institute was established in 1885 and is the oldest arts organization in Kansas City. Come and learn about the history of this cultural institution and how this thriving private college continues to leave a lasting impression on the art and design community both locally and nationally.


Biography: (feel free to edit this down as needed)

Randy Williams is the Associate Vice President of Corporate and Community Partnerships for the Kansas City Art Institute. He is instrumental in fostering relationships between the college and business community to develop partnerships and implement initiatives to enhance the institute's visibility and impact in the broader community. This includes working with the KCAI Professional Practice Center and student internships programs. He represents the college on the board of directors for both Midtown KC Now and the Downtown Council’s Art in the Loop Foundation.

Randy is a graduate of the Civic Council’s Kansas City Tomorrow program and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations from the University of Central Missouri. In his spare time, Randy enjoys water skiing and playing percussion with the Heritage Philharmonic, eastern Jackson County’s community orchestra.



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About Chappie: 

Chappie lives in Manhattan, Kansas and has been playing and performing for over 40 years.  He grew up in Salina, Kansas and attended Salina Central High school.  He then went on to Kansas State University and graduated with a degree in German from Marymount College in Salina.  His first band, The Ravin Bllues, got him started in entertainment.

He is currently an account executive for Eagle Communications in Manhattan, Kansas.  His shows are intended to bring back th ememories of the past through music.  Chappie toured with the Drifters, Martha and the Vandellas, The Ronettes, The Shirelles, and the Marvelettes in the late 60s.

If you like the Motown hits from the 60s, then Chappie Live is exactly what you are looking for.  In March 2013, Chappie was inducted in the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.

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