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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. Golden Valley, Endless Skyway 2019

    June 14, 2019, 10:00 AM - August 17, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Summer breezes in and brings with it new artistry at Manhattan's downtown art gallery.

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  4. Prairie Perspectives: Two Journeys

    July 13, 2019, 12:00 PM - August 10, 2019, 5:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Kelly Yarbrough Frasier and Marsha Jensen explore their prairie home in this exhibit of paintings and hand-woven baskets.

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Community Events

  1. Riley County Fair

    July 25, 2019, 6:00 PM - July 29, 2019, 10:00 PM @ Riley County Fairgrounds

    Fun, festive atmosphere of a county fair fills the air beginning July 26 in CiCo Park. The 44th anniversary of the Kaw Valley Rodeo is a big part of the schedule on July 24-29, along with the fair's many 4-H projects, judging and Ottaway Amusements Carnival. Home delicacies and homemade pies among many menu items.

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  2. Furniture Amnesty Day

    July 26, 2019, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ City Park

    Furniture Amnesty Day is an annual event that allows local residents to donate furniture they no longer need so others can select from the donated goods for free. Volunteers will pick up furniture donations within Manhattan City limits if signed up. To schedule furniture pickup, please fill out our online form, or call 785-587-2404. The deadline to sign up for this service is 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. You can also drop off your donations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Baker Field parking lot in City Park on July 26.
    Sign up will begin at 8:00 a.m. at City Park on the day of the event. You will be able to choose time slots between 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to pick out your furniture. No additional paperwork is needed. Assignments to pick furniture will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any furniture left after 4 p.m. is open to the general public.
    Please note: Volunteers can help load furniture into vehicles but participants will need to arrange their own method of transpo

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  3. Paint & Sip: Flint Hills Sunset

    July 26, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Uncorked Inspiration

    Neal will lead the group in painting "Flint Hills Sunset" as well as provide goofy, yet entertaining, art history anecdotes all while teaching painting techniques, color theory and other art related skills. You'll walk away with some knowledge of art techniques, an original painting of your own, and having had a great time. Bring your beverage of choice to enjoy as you paint. Painting will begin promptly at 6:30.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. National Day of the American Cowboy

    July 26, 2019, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Lazy T Ranch

    Dinner & Entertainment - starting at 6:00 p.m. Buffet style dinner featuring beef brisket, pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, salad. Entertainment by the Haymakers & Cowboy Poet Lariat Ron Wilson. Stay following the performances for music & dancing. Cash bar available. Tickets are $15.00 per person. Reservations may be made through Eventbrite via Facebook and payment made at the door. Reservations may also be made by calling 785-844-0274.

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  2. Arts in the Park: Black Jacket Symphony

    July 26, 2019, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Collective of veteran musicians specialize in re-creating classic rock albums with traveling backline of extensive lighting and video production. One selected album (and related hits) is performed in entirety by musicians selected for each album and band configuration. The weekly concert series draws to a close with this performance. Arts in the Park is a free Friday night concert series.

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Special Events

  1. Dream With Da Vinci

    May 25, 2019, 10:00 AM - September 8, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Artist. Inventor. Scientist. Genius. Leonardo Da Vinci was a true Renassaince Man. One of the greatest painters yet he only completed a few works. Da Vinci was a dreamer and inventor, and his love for math, science and art are highlighted through this fascinating interactive exhibition. Catapults, parachutes and a hang glider are just some of the inventions Da Vinci incorporated to explore the art of science.

    In an accompanying exhibit in the Mezzanine Gallery, AIB Food First; learn how AIB helps companies bring safe, high-quality food to the world, and play baker for the day on the Discovery Center's second floor gallery.

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  2. Kaw Valley Rodeo

    July 25, 2019, 8:00 PM - July 27, 2019, 10:00 PM @ Wells Arena

    Opening-night picnic part of the observation and salute to the military. Bareback riding, steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding are just part of the competitions during this Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned event. Enjoy the pro rodeo cowboys competition in open-air Wells Arena at the Riley County Fair. Tickets available at Ampride, Copies 4 Less, Dara’s Corner Stores, Dillon’s, Outpost Western Wear and Yee Haw Country Outfitters. Three nights in MHK!

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