Arts

Film
6:54 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Tallgrass Film Festival Celebrates 10 Years In Wichita Community

This month the Tallgrass Film Festival will celebrate 10 years in the community.

It all started back in 2003 when Tim Gruver left Los Angeles to return to his hometown and start a film festival. First step: assemble a team.

“We were really good friends and he called me up and said do you want to come to Wichita to produce this film festival and I was like, ‘I don’t know what that means, but OK, that sounds great,‘“ says Lela Meadow-Connor.

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Arts
6:30 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Profile: Ian Gingrich-Gaylord, Art Therapist

The state of Kansas doesn’t offer a license to art therapists, and as a result there are not many, especially in the south-central part of the state. Here is a profile of Ian Gingrich-Gaylord, one of the few art therapists in the area.

The storm shelter below the main offices on the Prairie View campus in Newton is cold and dark but brightly decorated.

It serves a dual purpose – storm shelter and art-making workshop.

It’s kind of a nice metaphor; the storm shelter says Ian Gingrich-Gaylord, Prairie View’s art therapist as he pushes open the heavy door.

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Arts
8:01 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Kansas Agency to Reapply For Lost Federal Arts Funding

Children rehearse for the Wizard of Oz at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

In 2011, Kansas made headlines by eliminating all public funding for the arts. That meant the state no longer qualified for federal matching grants of more than $1 million. But some recent changes mean the state will reapply for the lost federal dollars.

During the last legislative session, lawmakers restored state funding for the arts. And now, the state’s arts agency, the Creative Arts Industries Commission, will reapply for federal grants.

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Arts
1:34 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Tours Given Of Wichita Frank Lloyd Wright Building

One of two buildings in Wichita designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright is the Corbin Education Center on the Wichita State University campus.

American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed more than 1,000 structures during his lifetime. Among them is the Corbin Education Center on the Wichita State Campus.

Walking tours of the building will be offered Friday in honor of Wright's birthday.

Alan Aagaard is a WSU professor and will lead the tours. He'll talk about the architect's career and other familiar buildings in Wichita designed by Wright's students.

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Museum Exibit
6:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Star Wars Exhibit Opens This Weekend At Exploration Place

A version of C3-PO without his outer coverings, called 'Naked C3-PO'.
Jonathan Dwyer

The Force is strong in Wichita.

Not only is May 25 the 35th anniversary of the release of the first star wars film – A New Hope.

It is also the day before the much anticipated exhibit – Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination opens at Exploration Place.

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Arts
1:03 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Miro Mosaic Awarded $250,000 For Conservation

The Ulrich Museum of Art has received $250,000 in federal grant money to fund the second year of the five-year process of the museum’s signature Miro mosaic piece.

After 33 years of outdoor exposure, the 80-panel piece was removed form its position last fall to prepare for restoration. This mural is the only predominately mosaic piece ever created by Miro and the largest of only four Miro pieces in the United States.

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded $100,000 to the project, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded $150,000.

Arts
1:11 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

New Exhibit Helps Celebrate Orpheum’s Past

The Wichita Orpheum Theatre is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. In honor of the occasion, the theater has donated items to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historial Museum.

The 1922 atmospheric theater was the first of its kind in the United States. Museum director Eric Cale says the donated items have been in the Orpheum building since its beginning.

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Arts
1:24 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Author, Activist To Speak On Copyright Issues

Science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow will speak at the Wichita Central Public Library Wednesday evening.

He will discuss current copyright laws, their role in an expanding Internet-based society and what he says helpful copyright laws for artists would look like.

Doctorow has written for publications including Wired, the Guardian and Publishers Weekly and is co-editor of the blog “Boing Boing.”

More information about this event is available at kmuw.org.

Arts
1:29 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Central Library Showcases Traveling Photography Exhibit

A national photography exhibit will be on display at the Wichita Central Public Library through Saturday April 30.

The exhibit is titled “Red Desert, Green Prairie, Blue Sky” and combines three separate photography exhibits highlighting different geographic regions.

The green sunflower-dotted prairie of Kansas is among regions explored.

One of eight artists featured is panoramic photographer George Jerkovich who contrasts the rolling hills of the Dakota Sandstone region to its flat, semi-arid plains.

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Arts
1:35 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Free Admission to State Parks Saturday

There is free admission to all state parks Saturday for an open house hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

It will also be the last chance to buy off-season annual camping and vehicle permits before the prices go up April 1.

For more information about each park’s open house events, visit ksoutdoors.com.

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