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Educational programming at the Salina Art Center is centered on its mission, to

create exchanges among art, artists and audiences that reveal life. During the

year, visitors of all ages participated in a wide variety of educational opportunities

and activities designed to facilitate meaningful dialogues with visual art.

TOURS

Over 1500 learners, from preschoolers to senior citizens, participated in 68 guided, inquiry-based tours of Art Center exhibitions this year. Of the 584 Salina students and teachers who engaged in tours, the majority came to view the forms, colors, and ideas explored in About Abstraction and resident artist Max-Carlos Martinez’s Don’t Fence Me In. Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence gave over 300 visitors the opportunity to physically interact with contemporary artwork in unique ways. Thirteen different groups, totaling 300 visitors, came from Salina and beyond to explore the idea of “place” through exhibitions of work by Barry Anderson, Robert Bubp, and Carrie Scanga.

PROGRAMS AND CLASSES

GERRY NEUSTROM: YOUNG ARTIST CHALLENGE April 5 through April 26, 2009

The 16th Annual Gerry Neustrom Young Artist Challenge exhibition provided the Salina Art Center the opportunity to showcase a selection of the finest artwork created by high school students in central and northwest Kansas. The 73 drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and mixed-media artworks were chosen from more than 400 submissions from 15 regional high schools. Over 1000 visitors viewed the resulting exhibition at Salina’s Central Mall.

This memorial competition was established by Fr. Willys Neustrom in 1993 in honor of his late wife, Gerry. Fr. Neustrom passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2009. We will miss his tireless devotion and enthusiastic support of this exhibition for high

Gerry Neustrom memorial exhibition

SNAPSHOTS: LIVES IN TRANSITION August through December 2008 Exhibition: December 5, 2008 through January 4, 2009

Through the Snapshots program high school students had the opportunity to express and share their lives through art. This year, artists Robin Ginther and Ruth Moritz worked with students from Opportunity Now! Education Center from August through December to create artworks using photography, mixed media, and text. A culminating exhibition of these artworks, along with written artist statements, provided community members a unique glimpse into the lives, insights, and talents of these young people.

Funding for Snapshots was provided in part by the Community Health Investment Program of the Salina Regional Health Foundation and the Kansas Arts Commission.

Snapshots: Lives in Transition

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