UICA/KCAD merger announcement
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Two major creative forces in Grand Rapids are merging.
The Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University is merging with the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts. As a result of the merger, UICA will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the art school.
UICA has not been able to gain the memberships and attendance it needed since moving in to its $8 million location at Division and Fulton. UICA says that without the merger with Kendall College, the center would probably have closed this fall.
"The UICA sits at the heart of the city," noted Kendall President David Rosen in a press release. "That is appropriate because the heart of our community is its creativity. UICA provides a hub for all who thrive in the creative environment. Any city that wants to be great needs a UICA."
Rosen also believes this merger will help solve the UICA's financial worries. "We think in a three to five year time frame, the UICA will be a sustainable organization."
"We will be a wonderful resource for all students in Grand Rapids," said Executive Director of the UICA Miranda Krajniak. As for the non-students in the city, plans for completing the remainder of the building, with the addition of more art displays, are already in the works. "The UICA will continue, and will always be a place for artists."
We'll have more on WZZM 13 News at 6.