Kansas Art Alliance meets in Baldwin Friday
The Kansas Arts Alliance comes to Baldwin City Friday for a business meeting and a tour of local attractions.
The Alliance is one of a number of "niche marketing groups" established by the Kansas Department of Housing and Commerce in 1999. Its purpose is to promote arts tourism in the state, and its membership consists of representatives from arts agencies, chambers of commerce, community development boards, and tourism agencies throughout Kansas. As the group is in its infancy, it is currently working to identify arts resources and exploring means to promote those resources to potential visitors from outside the state. It meets alternate months, each time at a different location to allow members a first hand opportunity to observe arts resources in various communities.
About 25 members are expected for Friday's meeting which will be held at the Baldwin City Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chamber president Diane Niehoff will be present at the opening of the session to welcome the Alliance to Baldwin. Alliance members will have an opportunity to see the historic downtown business district when they break for lunch at Walt's Pizza Cafe.
Following the meeting they will visit the Art Affair, Baker University's student-run art gallery, and the Aardvark Gallery, then stop by the Three Sisters Bed and Breakfast for dessert before leaving town.
Christy Carlisle and Sandra Cardens will attend as representatives of the Baldwin Community Arts Council, and Dave Michael will represent the Baldwin Art Walk.