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Public invited to attend student arts center presentations

March 4, 2004

Sandy Cardens doesn't want the Baldwin community to be left in the dark on the Lumberyard Arts Center project.

To help keep the public better informed, an open invitation has been issued for Saturday's presentation of possible designs for the future arts center.

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"We just want to make sure the community stays informed so when the final plan is chosen, they know we have really done some investigation," Cardens, arts center steering committee member, said. "And we want everybody in Baldwin to be aware of what's going on so they can be ambassadors for it."

Thirteen Kansas State University architecture students will present their design ideas for turning the former downtown lumberyard into a community arts center Saturday at the Baldwin City Public Library, 800 Seventh St. The students will present their models in two sessions, from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Cardens said each student will have two large drawings and a model to help illustrate their design ideas.

"Some of them will just utilize the existing footprint of the building, the way it is now," she said.

Other designs, she said, use more than just the building and incorporate surrounding land.

"We asked them to do some in-the-box and out-of-the-box plans," she said.

"I think people will be surprised at some of the innovative plans they have."

Each presentation will last approximately 15 minutes. There will be a question and answer session if time allows.

Cardens said she hoped those interested in the arts center would attend at least one of the sessions Saturday.

"We urge everybody to take an hour and a half or so and come see what's happening with the Lumberyard Arts Center," she said.

It's important, she said, to remember the students' designs were only suggestions, and no final plan for the arts center has been selected.

"It's not like we have to pick one of these plans over another," she said. "We can take a bit from this one and take a bit from that one."

Cardens said the committee will be seeking suggestions from the public about the designs.

"Input is extremely helpful," she said.

The K-State students will leave their models in Baldwin for a week, so those that do not have the opportunity to attend Saturday's presentation can still see the designs. Cardens said the models will be on display in the lumberyard building next week and will be available for viewing when the Chamber of Commerce is open -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday.

The next step for the arts center, she said, will require the steering, construction and design committees to meet and decide on a plan, which would allow them to determine the total cost of the project.

"Then we have to raise the money," she said.

Anyone with questions about Saturday's presentation can call Cardens at 594-4261.

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