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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Announces Partnership with First National Bank of Michigan Focused on Diversity & Inclusion

September 5, 2017

Source: Katie Houston
Job Title: Marketing Manager
Department: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Phone: (269) 349-7775

September 5, 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, 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 yourself and take care of yourself. Participating organizations include the Boy Scouts of America Pathfinders, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, Girls on the Run, Kalamazoo Communities in Schools, Kalamazoo Public Schools Lift Up Through Literacy, the KIA’s artGirls program (in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club), Merz Tate Explorers/Girls Can!, Great Lakes Peacejam, Read and Write Kalamazoo (RAWK), Red Cross Michigan Division, Rootead, Youth United Way, and the Kirk Newman Art School.
The partnership with First National Bank of Michigan will also support the free monthly program Art Detectives.
A program of the KIA’s Museum Education Department and Fine Arts Library, the program 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. 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.

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.

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.”

About First National Bank of Michigan: First National Bank of Michigan is a locally owned bank with locations in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Portage, Holland and Lansing. Deposits stay in these Michigan communities to fund loans, and decisions are made locally by experienced bankers committed to helping individuals and businesses grow and prosper.

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