Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Kansas 150 Speakers Bureau Catalogue

...now available online!
I have two new lectures through this great program, and they're offering ONE FREE BOOKING to any Kansas Non-Profit organization (while funds last) in 2010 - great win-win-win!
You can find out how to schedule a fun and informative lecture here:
The new offerings are:
Folk Art in Kansas - From wheat weaving and egg painting traditions passed down from immigrant ancestors, to visionary environments composed of cement sculptures or metal whirligigs and the internationally renowned work of Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton, Kansas folk art has much to teach us about creativity and the innovative spirit that inspires our state.  This presentation will look at folk art and "outsider" art as a part of our state's history and heritage.
Monumental Sculpture in Kansas - From Wichita's "Keeper of the Plains" to Oakley's oversized bronze Buffalo Bill sculpture, Kansas towns have a history of putting up large sculptures as a way to help explain "who we are".  These works of art provide a connection to our history and reflect community expression through iconic structures, but they can also serve as lightning rods for disagreement.  This presentation will consider the power of large-scale public art in community and how it can showcase artistic expression, history, and local pride.
Let me know if there's a time you want to have one of these programs, and we'll get the ball rolling...
-Erika Nelson, Director
Worlds Largest Things
p.s. - I'm also still on the Kansas Arts Commission Arts on Tour roster, if you're looking for a hands-on workshop, or have been inspired to THINK BIG and build your OWN Community Icon:  http://arts.ks.gov/roster/visual_literary/nelson.shtml

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