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Center for Engagement and Community Development

Arts and Culture

Cultural outreach and engagement programs, performances, and activities seeking to elevate quality of life by evoking pleasure, enjoyment, fulfillment, or sense of cultural identity; programming and provision of venues and resources for community-oriented cultural outreach and engagement; and activities that apply academic or professional expertise in seeking to enhance the capacity of museums, science centers, performance venues, libraries, or other institutions dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage to serve their constituencies more effectively.

Viewing arts and culture as playing a vital role in community development, K-State's Center for Engagement and Community Development is partnering with numerous K-State departments, KSRE, Kansas Campus Compact, and the Educational Communications Center to integrate arts and culture into all aspects of Kansas' community life. CECD works to create an environment in which arts and culture can flourish and prosper. Arts and culture resources on the K-State campus include:

Featured programs

burning bushNegro Leagues Baseball Museum

Negro baseball leagues emerged when Negro baseball players were restricted from competing in the White major league baseball clubs. Although this exclusionary type of competition was prevalent as early as 1871, Negro baseball began forming leagues of their own as early as the 1890s.

dramaDrama Therapy Program

Drama therapy uses improvisation, role-playing, puppetry, mime, masks, theater games and other techniques to teach participants how to connect with themselves and others.

McCain Auditorium

McCain Auditorium, located at Kansas State University, is the cultural center for performance arts and a host for numerous campus entertainment activities. A variety of performance events and theater productions are held each season and all events are open to the student population and the general public.

Flinthills Writing Project

The Flint Hills Writing Project, begun in the summer of 2002, continues to attract some of the best and brightest educators from areas surrounding the Kansas Flint Hills to attend its summer institutes. The FHWP has developed a variety of programs such as in-services promoting the writing process, youth programs such as the family writing projects and after-school writing clubs, and teacher research.

Beach Museum

The Beach Museum of Art offers a rich diversity of exhibitions and educational programs and continues to collect art that is reflective of the region. It must be noted that the quality and standards of these endeavors are high, as recognized by accreditation of the museum by the American Association of Museums in 2002. Guiding the stewardship of the museum is the University President's Office, Museum Advisory Board, Board of Visitors, Friends of the Beach Museum of Art, volunteers, and staff.

Art Department

The Art Department mission is based on the recognition of the universal human need for visual expression, the necessity of the visual arts and visual communication in contemporary society, and the importance of cultural diversity provided for by exposure to the arts. Central to the mission is a commitment to high quality undergraduate and graduate education in the visual arts. Quality teaching is enhanced by the creative research endeavors of the faculty who work closely with students to stimulate aesthetic and intellectual inquiry in both theory and application. Art and visual communication students are prepared to become practicing artists who are visually literate, culturally aware, skilled in creative problem solving and aesthetically sensitive.

Music Department

Kansas State University's Department of Music is committed to the highest ideals of music education, performance, scholarship, and service to the arts. Its human resources are among the best anywhere. The department's faculty and staff engage students fields of expertise. Everyone who comes to McCain Auditorium will feel the combination of warmth and confidence the professors have in their ability to educate and motivate their students.


The theatre program at Kansas State University offers a solid liberal arts education and extensive production opportunities. The faculty is made up of dedicated teachers and professionals who are devoted to helping students develop skills in numerous areas of theatre, including performance, production, and scholarship.


The goal of the KSU Dance Program is to provide professional studio training in partnership with the rich foundation of a liberal arts curriculum. The KSU Dance Program seeks to produce creative problem solvers with strong analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to speak and write effectively about dance as it relates to all areas of the curriculum. The KSU dance graduate is expected to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge about dance as it relates to society and culture, as well as in his or her career option. These include fields in performance, choreography, teaching, business, technical production, and dance therapy.