Our new Get to Know Your A2AC Instructors! Series dives into who the amazing A2AC instructors are, what they do outside of the A2AC, their favorite teaching moments, fun facts, and more.
The next instructor in this series is Kim Jackson DeBord!
Click on the Questions to see Kim’s answers!
“I love when people find new ways to integrate creativity into their lives!“
Tell us about yourself.
I am Kim! I grew up in Michigan and did my BFA here at U of M. Went on to get a degree in fashion from Parsons School of Design in NYC and went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a trustee merit scholar to earn my MFA. All my studies have been rooted in Fiber and Material Studies. Since moving back to Ann Arbor, I have been involved here at the A2AC (and am glad to be back after a break) and Riverside Arts Center in Ypsi. I also work with Invisible Engines designing and strategy for non-profits and social impact ventures. Mostly, I like to hunker at home with my kids, husband, and animals, where we all work on various projects.
What does your creative practice look like?
I work at the intersection of art, design, and craft collaging materials and ideas.
What is next for your artistic career?
I’m deep diving into sewing again! I am stitching and working with found and reused fabrics, integrating text, and embracing my voice!
What are your favorite teaching moments?
I’ve been teaching community art, creativity labs for kids, and college courses for nearly 20 years. I love community art centers and am excited about all the growth here at A2AC! And I love when people find new ways to integrate creativity into their lives!
What would you say to someone interested in art but nervous about taking a class?
There are so many ways to incorporate creativity into your life. Getting involved in a class is a great way to learn something new, brush up on skills and get motivated!