Creating Engaging Spaces:  You’re Invited to Participate! 

Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 pm, Baldwin City Library


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 are Becky Weaver, Christina Malicke, Kathy Bourgeois, Lisa Slavin and Meg Cundiff.

Last Sunday, the Baldwin City Library provided a program entitled, “The Story of Baldwin City.” Over 100 people packed the library to learn about Baldwin City’s rich heritage with local experts including John Richards, Linda Ballinger, John Moore (Santa Fe Historical Society); Martha Thomas (Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park); Sara DeCaro (Baker University);  A.J. Stevens, Tim DeMott (Midland Railway) and Sarah Bell and Brittany Keegan (Watkins Museum). A tour of the Palmyra Post Office and Old Castle Museum concluded the presentations.

Everyone is invited to join us on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:00 pm at the Baldwin City Library to further explore Baldwin City’s history. Participants, working with a lead artist, will decide on a historical theme for each bench. Throughout March and April, the teams will develop the themes and create murals on the benches. These benches will be unveiled during the naming ceremony of Sullivan Square, formerly known as the lotatorium, on May 15. Class goals are to 1) provide an opportunity for citizens to learn about Baldwin City history and share these stories through mural making and 2) create an engaging and vibrant environment that encourages citizens, as well as tourists, to regularly use Sullivan Square to foster community connections.

For more information and to register for this FREE community art class contact:
Jeannette Blackmar, Lumberyard Arts Center,, 785-594-3186




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