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Salina Art Center receives grant for opportunities for young art creators

Salina Arts Center

Salina Art Center received an Arts Engagement in American Communities (AEAC) grant through the National Endowment for the Arts to fund opportunities for young art-makers to use art as a catalyst to discuss issues relevant and important to their generation.

The first funded project is the ART (Art, Reflection, & Thinking) mentorship program for middle and high school students. This is a free after-school program for students referred by a teacher, counselor or other adult. Established in the late 1990s as a program for at-risk students, ART has evolved to include quality arts education, flexible schedules, and a diverse group of students interested in developing artistic skills.

305 USD is a longtime partner of Salina Art Center to provide quality after-school programming with OCCK, which provides transportation from South High School, Central High School, Lakewood Middle School and South Middle School to the Art Center Warehouse Education Studio to none at the expense of ART students.

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Art Center Warehouse

ART is a FREE program for referred middle and high school students. Only 15 students are accepted per session. Students who participate in ART:

● Develop artistic skills in a variety of mediums

● Work and learn with local and regional artists as they show you how they make art and why

●Explore and experiment with a variety of art materials and processes

● Develop, express and discuss independent ideas

● Learn new ways to solve problems

● Learn to set and achieve your own goals

● Learn to work in a team

● Develop leadership skills

● Raise awareness and heal emotional, mental and physical issues through artistic creation

●Engage in a therapeutic release from daily life and its environment

● Reinforce positivity about oneself and others.

This year brought some changes to the ART program. The most important is in the calendar. Instead of a full year course, students will have the option of participating in any of three sessions. Sessions are timed in tandem with the Kansas High School Athletics Association season schedule. This allows students to be athletes and artists by choosing ART sessions that match their athletic seasons.

The three ART sessions will fall thematically on how art is used as a catalyst for storytelling, mental well-being and social impact.

Session 1: The ART of Animation. Using cinematic animation to share stories about who we are and where we are going.

Session 2: ART of sculpture. Use sculptural techniques (ceramics, paper and found objects) to connect with oneself and transform emotions.

Session 3: ART of social justice. Exploration of street artists and gorilla art techniques used to draw attention to issues of social importance.

To register for ART, visit the Salina Art Center website at

Sunflower Biennial

The second project funded by the AEAC grant is the Third Biennial Sunflower Exhibition. The Sunflower Biennial is a visual art juried exhibition to recognize Kansas artists, associated with secondary and post-secondary programs, for their dedication, achievement, and contribution to life-revealing exchange.

This year’s exhibition will be judged by Wichita-based artists Patrick Duegaw and Elizabeth Stevenson.

The program of exhibitions highlights many artists, allowing them to lead workshops or give lectures in the gallery on their work and their future projects. Contemporary art deals with current issues. The art center offers young artists the opportunity to share the news of their world. La Biennale du Tournesol is a platform that encourages the exchange of ideas and respect. The exhibition allows young artists to gain experience with submitting exhibitions, building a portfolio, public speaking, marketing their talents and much more.

The call for applications for the Sunflower Biennial will be launched on September 6 with a registration deadline set for November 30. The opening of the third Sunflower Biennial is scheduled for February 8. To learn more, visit