Effective Sept. 1, Adrienne Walker Hoard will assume the lead of the Black Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. A professional artist as well as an educator, she will begin to incorporate the visual arts into the program.
Hoard received a doctorate in education degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She served as professor of art and art education and affiliate professor in the Black Studies program at the University of Missouri-Columbia beginning in 1988.
Hoard’s goal is to expand the program curriculum by creating courses in African American art, which introduce students to the history and contemporary impact of African American artists in American society. She will – as part of her long-term goals – complete the process begun by her colleagues to develop an undergraduate major in Black Studies.
The program currently offers a minor, a graduate certificate and a master’s emphasis in the area of Black Studies.