Enriching the Salina Arts Community

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Lori Wright (right) - KWU chair of Art & Design The Smoky Hill River Festival-KWU Connection

Kansas Wesleyan’s ties with Salina Arts & Humanities and its Smoky Hill River Festival remains as strong as ever, as evidenced by the KWU students, faculty and alumni involved in this year’s event, June 9–12, 2016. The River Festival photographers this year will be Tanner Colvin ’11, Kyla Holland ’10 and Maddy Christner ’14.

Ciara Stallbaumer ’15 was the primary graphic designer, handling all printed collaterals and the design of the advertising pieces, including newspaper and glossy ads, digital ads and billboards. Her brother, Logan Stallbaumer ’16, was a photography intern for both the Smoky Hill Museum and the festival, doing research and scanning photos in preparation for the festival’s 40th anniversary this year.

Neil Ward, assistant professor of Art & Design, will be collaborating with KU colleagues to create an art installation that engages the public in the process of metal casting. He and Dr. Steve Hoekstra, professor of Psychology, are Salina Arts & Humanities commissioners, providing guidance on many aspects of its community-wide cultural programs and goals. Hoekstra is the current chairman of this advisory board.

Every year the City of Salina purchases artwork from the festival. Lori Wright (in photo, on the right), associate professor of Art and chair of the Department of Art & Design, will again be a Mentor Collector, assisting the Adult Education Center in the selection and purchase of a piece of art that best fits the display space there.

Ken Hakoda, associate professor and chair of the Department of Music, will direct a KWU choral group in a Sunday afternoon performance. Dean Kranzler, percussion instructor, will be playing in two bands and providing instrumental amplifying equipment support for the Festival’s main stages.

Salina Arts & Humanities staffers are also connected to KWU. Executive Director Brad Anderson taught art at Kansas Wesleyan and served as department chair for 14 years; Marketing and Development Coordinator Kay Quinn attended KWU in the 1980s; and Office Administrator Amanda Morris graduated in 2009 with a degree in Public Relations.

This connection is mutually beneficial for Kansas Wesleyan and the people of Salina, providing valuable experiences for KWU students and encouraging the university’s continued participation in the local arts community.