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New Ballet About Nicodemus Part Of Homecoming Emancipation Celebration

children holding signSomething special has been happening in Nicodemus every year since 1878. Back then, the community founded in 1877 by 350 freed slaves from Kentucky and Tennessee held an Emancipation Celebration every year to commemorate the abolishment of slavery. Today, the event celebrates that and so very much more. Nicodemus is, afterall, the only town still in existence west of the Mississippi River that was established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War.

Posted on July 13, 2011 2:49PM by Cecilia Harris

Lindsborg Art Studios Open Doors for Event

Lindsborg LoomIn a brush stroke of genius, studios and galleries in Lindsborg will open their doors this Spring so you can have a peek inside this artistic Swedish community with more working artists than Wild Dala Horses. And since Lindsborg is on the Kansas Prairie Trail Scenic Byway, why not spend a day at the Artists’ Studio Open House and the rest of the weekend exploring this 56-mile route full of art, culture and history.

Posted on April 13, 2011 3:58PM by Cecilia Harris

The Secret’s Out about the Arts in El Dorado

 Alley with sculptures

I know a secret about El Dorado. Actually, I know several secrets, and they all involve works of art. One lies in an alley, another sits on the sidewalk, and one’s in a back room. Since it’s not hush-hush, however, I’ll first reveal the best-kept secret of all…it’s the Coutts Memorial Museum of Art. Did you know it houses one of the largest collections in the Midwest of bronze sculptures by Frederic Remington? Or that is has the largest collected works in the country by world-renowned painters Americo, Eva, and A.B. Makk? The artwork here is diverse; you’ll find Renoir, Degas, Thomas Hart Benton, and Charles M. Russell. My favorite exhibit features the Prairie Print Makers, a group organized in 1930 to promote art in Kansas.

Posted on March 8, 2011 8:37PM by Cecilia Harris


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