This year, the Lumberyard Arts Center celebrates ten years of public engagement with the arts in Baldwin City. To mark the occasion, the board of directors decided to produce commemorative t-shirts. During discussion of t-shirt design, Becky Weaver, board member and arts faculty USD 348, mentioned she was teaching a printmaking course in the Spring 2020. Who better to design our shirts than Baldwin City students?The students included: Alaina Flory, Baily Armbrister, Jazmine-Rose Rupert and, Stephanie Lundry. Furthermore, we enlisted local business, Great Plains Promotions  and founder/owner, Dana Mullis, to provide the students an opportunity to learn her business and see printmaking in action.

The students were “hired” by the arts center and worked with their “client” to produce a design. They visited with executive director, Jeannette Blackmar, to learn the history of the arts center. From there, the students brainstormed design ideas and collaborated to produce the final design that includes the iconic building and features the High Street bricks. Hands and heart depict the value of voluntarism and the grassroots development of the Lumberyard Arts Center to this day. Collectively, the design embodies our vision to be the creative home for our community. In addition, the backside of the t-shirt recognizes 2020 corporate members of the Lumberyard Arts Center. Our corporate members provide critical financial support for our arts programming operations.

Dana Mullis with Becky Weaver guided the students through selection of t-shirt color schematic and the print process. Working with the board of directors, three t-shirt colors were selected – heather blue, sage green and a heather mauve. 

The t-shirts will be sold in the Lumberyard Arts Center new arts boutique to open September 19. However, t-shirts may be purchased prior to our boutique opening at our Live on High Third Friday Baldwin City on June 19, July 17, and August 21. T-shirts are priced at $20 and &22 for XXL.

The t-shirts are packaged and displayed by another group of students, our 2020 summer boutique apprentices: Alli Cramer, Holly Gilliland, Jewel Marsh and Saylor Currie.

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