About Us

Lumberyard Arts Center

Mission Statement & Values

The Lumberyard Arts Center, Inc. is the cornerstone for creative endeavors in our community.

We enhance the quality of life in a unique and historic gathering place in the heart of downtown Baldwin City by offering programs for children and adults, gallery exhibits, community events, a local arts retail boutique and a public and private events venue.

We embrace the values of creativity, inclusivity, community engagement and enrichment.

Lumberyard Arts Center

Our Goals

Renovate the Ives-Hartley Lumber Co. building at 718 High Street for use as an uncommon, creative gathering place and a dynamic environment for our arts and community organizations and for a wide range of other public and private uses.

Preserve a local landmark and contribute to the revitalization and economic development of the Baldwin City community

Bring parents, children, community, school and civic partners together by creating an affordable, multipurpose venue for community gatherings.

Enhance the quality of life for Baldwin City area residents of all ages by increasing the capacity of the community to present cultural events and activities that will expand our understanding and appreciation of the arts.

Offer another destination for visitors to our area thereby enhancing the community identity as being appreciative and supportive of the arts and a special place to visit and live.

Create an appealing environment which will encourage businesses to locate in downtown Baldwin City.

How can I use the Center?

Gallery Exhibits

  • Local artists
  • Touring exhibitions
  • Student exhibitions
  • Community art exhibitions

Performing Arts

  • Kansas Touring Arts performances
  • Student performances
  • Poetry Readings
  • Storytelling — an oral tradition
  • Music programs
  • Specialty productions (Maple Leaf Festival, Art Walks and more)

Classes (*Due to COVID-19, no classes will be offered through Winter 2021).

  • For children and adults, teens and seniors
  • Day camps — art, drama, dance, music
  • Visual Arts — drawing, painting
  • Writing — Creative Writing, Poetry
  • Media — Drama, Photography, Music
  • Crafting — Jewelry-making, Sculpture

Other (*Due to COVID-19, we are not renting the facility for private and community events through Winter 2021)

  • Community meeting space
  • Retail outlet for local arts and fine crafts
  • Maple Leaf Festival booth space rentals
  • Special events space

Our History

September, Evening

The dream of turning a local downtown landmark into an art center began to take shape.

Spring, Noon

Sandy Cardens and Laura Morford meet with Baldwin State Bank to turn that vacant building into an arts center.

August, 12

The Lumberyard Arts Center Project received 501(c)(3) non-profit designation under the umbrella of the National Heritage Foundation.

Fall, Evening

Board determines to operate independently of the National Heritage Foundation and applied for and were awarded their own 501(c)(3) status.


The Baldwin Community Arts Council, founders of the Art Walk, merged with the Arts Center.

A few examples of

Our Volunteers