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Gingerbread Kits to Go! The Back Story with our Host, Arlena McLaren – Week 1

Gingerbread Kits to Go! The Back Story with our Host, Arlena McLaren – Week 1

The Lumberyard Arts Center with generous sponsorship from Xtream powered by Mediacom is excited to offer Gingerbread Kits to Go to celebrate, create, play and innovate this holiday season from home! The program is possible only through the leadership and direction of Arlena McLaren. It was Arlena who initiated our Gingerbread House creation holiday program eight years ago. Each year, Arlena creates her own gingerbread house masterpiece. Last year she created a gingerbread Lumberyard Arts Center. This year’s Inspiration? Think Baldwin City Sesquicentennial, Baldwin…

Sullivan Square Mural Bench #5: Maple Leaf Festival

Sullivan Square Mural Bench #5: Maple Leaf Festival

As part of Baldwin City’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Lumberyard Arts Center, Baldwin City Library and the City of Baldwin City partnered to produce a free community arts class funded by the Douglas County Community Foundation. Working with a lead artist, class participants will design and create five historically-themed benches. The lead artists included Becky Weaver, Christina Malicke, Kathy Bourgeois, Lisa Slavin and Meg Cundiff. On Saturday, August 8, 2020, our first mural bench was revealed by Team Becky Weaver with Vickie Weaver, Luke Weaver,…

Sullivan Square Mural Bench #4: Evolving Pathways

Sullivan Square Mural Bench #4: Evolving Pathways

As part of Baldwin City’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Lumberyard Arts Center, Baldwin City Library and the City of Baldwin City partnered to produce a free community arts class funded by the Douglas County Community Foundation. Working with a lead artist, class participants will design and create five historically-themed benches. The lead artists included Becky Weaver, Christina Malicke, Kathy Bourgeois, Lisa Slavin and Meg Cundiff. On Saturday, August 8, 2020, our first mural bench was revealed by Team Becky Weaver with Vickie Weaver, Luke Weaver,…

Building Identity through Collaboration: The WeKan Do-alogue in Baldwin City!

Building Identity through Collaboration: The WeKan Do-alogue in Baldwin City!

Historic downtown Baldwin City was the showcase location for the Kansas Sampler Foundation Do-alogue on Wednesday, September 30. Visitors from other Kansas communities were able to experience our newest park development, Sullivan Square, named after Lucy Sweet Sullivan, Baldwin City’s first female mayor and the nation’s third female mayor. We shared our vision to “create-play -innovate” at the Lumberyard Arts Center and examined how the arts create “engaging spaces.” We also explored the Baldwin City Library’s “Signaling Progress” collaborative exhibit project. Lastly, visitors…

Upgrading Audiovisual at the Lumberyard Arts Center

Upgrading Audiovisual at the Lumberyard Arts Center

Thanks to a Department of Commerce, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Strategic Investment Program grant, the Lumberyard Arts Center was able to implement its $13,980 audiovisual facility upgrade project. Cost included in-kind volunteer time for board member Chris Thomas to program and install the equipment. With Chris’s leadership and support by fellow board members, Jennifer Burkhead, Brian Cramer and Bryan Butell, the arts center’s main courtyard and classroom each have dedicated screens and projectors. Equipment purchases also included sound equipment, lights and computers.…

Sullivan Square Mural Bench #3: Lumberyard Arts Center through Time

Sullivan Square Mural Bench #3: Lumberyard Arts Center through Time

Engaging Spaces: Baldwin City Mural Bench Program for Sullivan Square As part of Baldwin City’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Lumberyard Arts Center, Baldwin City Library and the City of Baldwin City partnered to produce a free community arts class funded by the Douglas County Community Foundation. Working with a lead artist, class participants will design and create five historically-themed benches. The lead artists included Becky Weaver, Christina Malicke, Kathy Bourgeois, Lisa Slavin and Meg Cundiff. On Saturday, August 8, 2020, our first mural bench was…

The Creation of Lucy’s Corner – An Arts Boutique

The Creation of Lucy’s Corner – An Arts Boutique

The development of Lucy’s Corner was part of the Lumberyard Arts Center’s strategic goals to develop the facility more fully to serve our mission. Specifically, the new local arts boutique complements our mission in many ways, including: Supporting artists through a retail outlet that promotes artist visibility and is of economic benefit to them and Baldwin City. Providing a venue of local art for purchase by the LAC visitor. Creating a revenue stream to support the projects and activities of the LAC. Providing workplace…