Art and Culture
Arts and Culture
The arts and theatre flourish in Emporia. Coffee shops, night clubs, and local businesses and organizations showcase live music year-round. Art exhibits featuring premiere art and photography are found at Emporia State University, the Emporia Arts Center, coffee shops and local businesses. Music reviews, murder mysteries, and Shakespeare come alive through the work of Emporia State University and Community Theatre of Emporia casts and crews.
Accomplished musicians from Emporia State University and abroad perform throughout the year along with the ESU Community Chorus. The historic 1929 Granada Theatre is host to live music, weddings, movies + plays. The downtown is adorned with murals, artistic seasonal banners, flags, landscaping, modern storefronts, and eclectic upper-story loft apartments.
When it’s time to make a movie, Hollywood arrives to take advantage of our prairie and historic grasslands for favorites such as the Hallmark television movie trilogy, “Sarah, Plain and Tall.”
Book discussions and children’s reading programs are hosted at the Emporia Public Library, chartered in 1869 and the oldest public library in Kansas. The library serves Lyon County with more than 100,000 pieces of print, non-print and electronic materials.
Emporia Arts Center
815 Commercial St.
www.emporiaksarts.org; Open Tuesday – Saturday. The brand new 15,000 square foot Arts Center gallery, exhibits work from local, regional and national artists. Exhibits change regularly. EAC is a 2010 Kansas Governor’s Arts Award recipient for community arts organizations. Art classes are offered to all age groups year round in clay, painting, stained glass and a variety of other genres. The performing arts series brings many nationally known performers to Emporia.
Department of Art, Emporia State University
Emporia Public Library
William Allen White Library & Special
Sculptures & Statues
Peter Pan Bronze Statue
Fairgrounds, West U.S.
Hwy. 50 & Industrial
Rd. • 620-342-1803
These chiseled pylons reflect Emporia’s history and role as the “Gateway to the Flint Hills”, its significance as a trade and education center, its history and its vision for the future. The eight pylons range in height from 10 to 15 feet tall and weigh between five and nine tons.
Department of Music, Emporia State
Department of Theatre and Communications,
“Our Flag Was Still There”
“Spring in the Flint Hills”