Sonja Garrett, associate director, Continuing and Professional Studies at the Kansas City Art Institute, answers The Pitch‘s questionnaire


Name: Sonja Garrett

Occupation: Associate director, Continuing and Professional Studies at the Kansas City Art Institute. My career path is higher education. I’m not an artist, but I’m a problem solver, like the creative people I work with every day.

Hometown: Lake St. Louis, Missouri

Current neighborhood: New Longview with my best friend, her husband, two kids and two dogs. One big happy family. I wanted roommates, and I’m a great baby sitter. It works well for everyone.

What I do (in 140 characters): I promote the continuing-education classes at KCAI. We offer classes like painting, woodworking, graphic design and printmaking for all ages, all skill levels.

What’s your addiction? Online shopping

What’s your game? I don’t play games.

What’s your drink? Dirty martini with blue-cheese-stuffed olives and Tito’s vodka. Or champagne, any kind!

Where’s dinner? Blanc, Café Gratitude, Taco Republic, the Mixx

What’s on your KC postcard? A picture of a hiking yoga class on the Nelson lawn (hikingyoga.com). Do it! We are lucky to have it in KC!

Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when … “ They focused on the arts. KCAI, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Nelson, first Fridays … I love this city!

“Kansas City needs … “ To focus on our public schools. I hate hearing my friends say they have to move out of the city because they plan to have kids. I know everyone wants things to change. How can we start?

“In five years, I’ll be … ” Old enough to be the president of the United States.

“I always laugh at … “ David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler, Tosh.O.

“I’ve been known to binge-watch … “ Dexter.

“I can’t stop listening to … ” JT. High school. Now. Forever.

“I just read … ” Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.

The best advice I ever got: My dad tells me to say my negative thoughts out loud in a positive voice. It’s silly, but it changes your attitude. “Be positive” is always the best advice.

Worst advice: Goes in one ear and out the other.

My sidekick: Madeline, my BFF’s 3-year-old daughter. She does things like watching me run an entire mile on the treadmill … and some days, it sure is nice to have a fan club.

My brush with fame: I met Gwyneth Paltrow in London. Love her!

My 140-character soapbox: Join me for Meatless Mondays! Choose veggie options you enjoy for one day a week. The meat industry has a huge impact on the environment and water supply: We must change.

What was the last thing you had to apologize for? A sarcastic text message. Sarcasm doesn’t translate well via text. Lesson learned!

Who’s sorry now? Everyone. That miscommunication reached extremes.

My recent triumph: Driving to work this morning without road rage. The left lane is for passing, people!

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