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Art Exhibits

  1. Voices: Art Linking Asia and the West

    December 4, 2018, 10:00 AM - December 21, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    One section of the Seaton Gallery will highlight the back-and-forth exchange of aesthetics and ideas between East and West through objects in the museum’s permanent collection, made by artists who traveled between the two regions. This project collaboration between curator Aileen June Wang and University of Kansas art history professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko.

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  2. Beyond Gravity: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    April 2, 2019, 10:00 AM - November 30, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing by Americans and complements Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme, "A Universe of Stories."

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  3. Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders

    August 6, 2019, 10:00 AM - December 9, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist introduces Jeremiah Ariaz. Black Trail Riding Clubs have their roots in Creole culture formed in Southwest Louisiana in the eighteenth century. Trail rides are an opportunity for generations from rural parts of the state to gather and celebrate. These trail riders form a distinctive yet little known Louisiana subculture.

    Ariaz is a Great Bend product and associate professor of art at Louisiana State University who has captured these equestrian clubs in a series of photographs selected for this exhibition. One image chosen as 2019 Friends of Beach Museum of Art Gift Print.

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  4. The Land of the Living Opening Reception

    August 23, 2019, 5:00 PM - October 26, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Please join Strecker Nelson West Gallery for the opening of the next exhibit, The Land of the Living. This show will feature figurative and architectural work mostly, and will be on display until October 26th. Please join the reception to enjoy some drinks and hors d'oeurves, and meet the artists!

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  5. Three Native Portrait Artists

    August 31, 2019, 12:30 PM - October 12, 2019, 5:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    A good portrait moves beyond depiction of a person's likeness to a commentary on humanity. Paintings and photographs in this exhibition are portraits of local individuals who portray features of our cultural environment and are part of the fabric of our community. Dick Beeman, Clive Fullagar and Luke Townsend are all local artists living in Manhattan. None of them have formal training in art.

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  6. De Gaulle/Eisenhower: Alliance & Friendship in War and Peace

    September 23, 2019, 9:00 AM - February 2, 2020, 4:45 PM @ Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home

    General de Gaulle and General Eisenhower both belong to the common national heritage of their respective countries. Their work is a source of reflection and inspiration for today’s world. The Charles de Gaulle Foundation and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation, strive to promote and honor the legacies of the great leaders. Together these institutions collaborated with the Musée de l’Armée (French Army Museum) to present this exhibition. With the generous support of The First Alliance Foundation, the exhibition will contribute to strengthen the bonds between France and the United States.

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  7. John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within

    September 24, 2019, 10:00 AM - March 21, 2020, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Best known for his depictions of Kansas, the American West also reveals itself as a significant subject in John Steuart Curry's work. Curry's earliest drawings reveal a boy under the spell of Western artists, e.g., Frederic Remington. Through 38 works, to include paintings and magazine illustrations, this exhibition explores Curry’s depictions of the West as a romantic and real environment.

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  8. Hungry Heartland: Jim Richardson & Zhang Hongtu

    October 6, 2019, 2:00 PM @ The Volland Store

    Richardson and Zhang will have a conversation about the "Hungry Heartland" exhibition at the Volland Store Gallery at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Volland Store, which is near Alma.

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Community Events

  1. 15th Annual Kaw Valley Farm Tour

    October 5, 2019, 9:00 AM - October 6, 2019, 6:00 PM

    The Kaw Valley region offers a wealth of sights, tastes and traditions. The farm tour provides fun and interactive farm experiences, supports local farms and introduces individuals of all ages to the many faces of agriculture in the Kaw Valley.
    Have breakfast on a farm, discover unique artisans, nurseries and greenhouses, pumpkin patches and wines produced at local vineyards. Pet a friendly alpaca, meet a horse that paints or chat with a chicken.
    ?The Kaw Valley Farm Tour is the perfect event for friends and families, and a great way to make connections between the farmers in the fields and the foods on our tables.

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  2. Open Trail Days at Prairiewood

    October 6, 2019, 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Blue Sage Gallery at Prairiewood

    Prairiewood Retreat & Preserve is a privately owned prairie preserve with almost 500 acres and several miles of walking trails. Bring family or friends and head out on the first Sunday of each month for free access to their trails and a visit to the Blue Sage Gallery!
    Visitors should check in at the Blue Sage Gallery at 1484 Wildcat Creek Rd. for hiker log, trail maps and other info. Join them around the Blue Sage Barn fire pit for a bonfire at 7pm!
    Prairiewood Retreat & Preserve loves pets, but unfortunately cannot allow them on Prairiewood trails.

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  3. League of Women Voters Candidates Forum

    October 6, 2019, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library Auditorium

    Do you know who is running for the Manhattan City Commission or the USD 383 school board? Do you know their views? Learn more at the League of Women Voters candidates forum on October 6 at the Manhattan Public Library. This will begin at 1:30 with the Manhattan City Commission candidates. The USD 383 candidates forum will begin at 3:45. Audience members may submit questions in writing. Co-sponsors are KMAN and the Manhattan AAUW. K-man 1350 will broadcast the forum live. Details at

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  4. Rocky Ford School House: Open House

    October 6, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Rocky Ford School House

    Experience the "Good Ole' Days" of the one room school house. Enjoy light refreshments and informational presentations, tour the grounds or take a spin on the merry-go-round.

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  5. Autumn Seed Collecting at Prairiewood

    October 6, 2019, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Prairiewood Retreat & Preserve

    As part of Open Trail Days at Prairiewood, join for this free, family-friendly event with ecologist and owner of Native Lands LLC, Courtney Masterson. Courtney will be leading everyone in a seed collecting activity on our prairie pasture, and will teach you why caring for native prairie is so important.
    This event is free and open to the public. Meet in front of the Blue Sage Gallery at 5pm. Close-toed shoes are recommended. You will end in time to enjoy an evening campfire.
    **Suggested items to bring: small bags for seeds, clippers or heavy scissors, gardening gloves

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. The Wizard of Oz

    September 26, 2019 - October 6, 2019 @ Columbian Theatre

    When a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put to sleep, Dorothy takes her dog Toto, to run away. A tornado appears and carries her to the magical land of Oz. Wishing to return, she begins to travel to the Emerald City where a great wizard lives. On her way, she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. They all hope the Wizard of Oz will help them, before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them. This longtime favorite has been on this historic stage countless times. They are such big fans they even started a museum!

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  2. The Addams Family

    October 4, 2019, 7:30 PM - October 6, 2019, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Ba-da-da-dum, snap-snap, ba-da-da-dum, snap-snap ... they're creepy and they're kooky, and all together spooky. As the last dead leaf of autumn falls from the Addams Family Tree, all is right with the morbid, macabre world of Gomez, Morticia, Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch. They've gathered in the family graveyard to celebrate life and death, but Wednesday dreams of love with Lucas Beineke, an ordinary boy from Ohio. Could her family ever approve? Fun, mayhem, and quirky humor ensue.

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  3. Underground Railroad Tour

    October 6, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ The Wonder Workshop Children's Museum

    Richard Pitts, Executive Director of the Wonder Workshop, proudly presents a journey back in time to Underground Railroad sites in Riley and Wabaunsee Counties. This tour will travel to various sites within fifteen miles of Manhattan, Kansas. At each site, participants will be presented with information regarding its historical significance. You should plan to spend at least 3 hours to complete the entire route.
    Travelers will learn about the famous Beecher Bible and Rifle Church , Captain Mitchell, Strong Farm, Reverend Blood, and others who helped to make Kansas a free state ! Your group will take part in interactive activities along the way. This adventure will place you in the shoes of enslaved Africans, Slave Owners, and Abolitionists as you learn about the true meaning of strength, courage, and endurance experienced by those early “Human Rights” activists whose broad shoulders we all stand on!

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Special Events

  1. Zoo In You: The Human Microbiome

    September 21, 2019, 10:00 AM - January 12, 2020, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Non-human organisms outnumber our human cells 10 to 1, as trillions of microbes colonize inside each one of us. Learn about our body’s constant microbial companions and ways scientists realize just how important these microbes are to overall health, Hands-on exhibit features: Meet the Microbes, Our Complex Ecosystems and Exploring Our Microbiome. Fun science and discovery in MHK!

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  2. Visions of the Flint Hills

    October 4, 2019 - November 21, 2019 @ Buttonwood Art Space

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