Arts, Humanities, and Design Engagement
Viewing cultural arts, design and humanities as vital to community development, K-State's Center for Engagement and Community Development partners with K-State departments, KSRE, Imagining America, and community organizations to create an environment in which the humanities and arts are celebrated and integrated into all aspects of community life.
Examples of public engagement in this arena include but are not limited to:
- Cultural outreach and engagement programs, performances, and activities designed to elevate the quality of life by evoking pleasure, comprehension, fulfillment, or inclusion;
- Inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural programming that reduces barriers to communication and understanding;
- Enhancing the capacity of museums, science centers, performance venues, libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions to serve their constituencies.
Arts and Humanities resources on or near the K-State campus include:
Includes Touch the Prairie, an interactive digital experience that connects research into the natural and cultural history of the prairie with art works in the collection of the Beach Museum of Art. Still in prototype phase, Touch the Prairie is being created for an interactive touch screen table by artist/programmers Rose Marshack and Rick Valentin, working closely with Beach museum staff member Luke Dempsey. The artists featured in Touch the Prairie include John Steuart Curry, Gordon Parks, Patricia Duncan, Shirley Smith, and many more. Over time, the program will grow, incorporating new research data and art work, and new thematic modules.
The Historic Costume and Textile Museum, located in Justin Hall, is a notable collection of traditional and artistic artifacts. With over 15,000 holdings, the collection includes a number of Nelly Don dresses, wearable art from Anita Mayer, American quilts, salon shoes, military uniforms, Byzantine-era textiles, Chinese and other ethnic textiles, and clothing and textiles from famous and not-so-famous Midwesterners. The collection began at the beginning of the 20th century and continues to be augmented by friends, faculty and Kansas State University alumni who have lived and traveled throughout the world.