AtA is designed to encourage and empower architects and their clients to incorporate art and artists of excellence from the Kansas City area into their projects. New architectural projects may achieve Gold, Silver or Bronze levels of Art Achievement by dedicating a percentage of the construction budget to collecting artworks, commissioning temporary or permanent artworks, and/or including artists on design teams. AtA provides a range of tools to support this practice, including a database of eligible artists selected annually.

AtA is a partnership between American Institute of Architects-Kansas City and the Charlotte Street Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to artists in Kansas City.

The Missouri Bank Crossroads branch, 125 Southwest Boulevard, debuted four new large-scale commissioned images by Kansas City-based artists Deanna Dikeman and Mary Wessel on its "Artboards" in time for First Friday April, 2011. Dikeman presents two new images from her "Ballroom" series. Wessel's two images are derived from her "Worldscapes" series of unique color photograms.

Now on view: Missouri Bank Crossroads branch currently features Art through Architecture "Artboards" by Deanna Dikeman and Mary Wessel. Visit "Projects" for more info.
Art through Architecture honored the architects and clients who have completed "Art Achievement" projects to date with a plaque distribution ceremony at AIA-KC's Annual Holiday Party on December 7, 5:30-7pm.