Salina Arts & Humanities Programs

The arts aim to awaken our emotions and widen our horizons. It is as important to the total development of our culture and humanity as any science or technology.

1. Arts Infusion

The Arts Infusion program presents thoughtful, curriculum-based inspiring encounters between students and the arts. The Program guides and coordinates teaching artists working with teachers and students in the USD 305 school district to impact the core curriculum through arts-based learning.


Arts Infusion creates an atmosphere in which the artist, audiences, volunteers, and funders of the future are grown and nourished by introducing and teaching the arts disciplines of dance, drama, music, and visual arts to Salina students. 

Click here to review the current Arts Infusion Guide.

Click here to complete the Local & Visiting Artist Selection signup sheet.

Click here to apply to be a teaching artist with Arts Infusion next school year.

2. Community Art & Design

Salina’s Community Art & Design Program was initiated in the year 2000. The Community Art & Design Policy was adopted in 2006 to facilitate the inclusion of artists and art and design projects in selected City projects. City/Community representative processes follow nationally developed guidelines for selecting artists and artwork. SAH facilitates the Program through the review and recommendations of the Community Art & Design Committee.


Discover Salina’s Public Art Collection

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Learn about the Horizons Grants Program and other ways to participate

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3. Cultural Roundtable

The Salina Arts & Humanities director convenes a monthly meeting of the Cultural Roundtable, a consortium of museums, galleries, performance venues, educational institutions, and service organizations collaborating to grow professionally, and schedule programs, exhibits, and activities of interest to Salina residents and visitors.

4. Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live (FNL) is a collaboration between downtown and community stakeholders to present weekly live entertainment in Salina downtown and the greater Salina community.

A pool of public funding is available to allow artists, community members, and business owners to program what they would like to see at Friday Night Live! Salina Arts & Humanities programs First Friday Entertainment and is a resource partner for artists (including but not limited to visual arts, music, literary arts, theatre, dance, etc.) and entertainment events in the community.

The purpose of this funding sponsorship is to encourage collaboration between artists, local organizations, and venues through continued city-level investment in the downtown and the larger creative community. Sponsorship will be considered for events that increase arts and cultural opportunities in downtown Salina and surrounding areas on Fridays. Click here for a Sponsorship Application

Friday Night Live, Salina KS
Salina Arts & Entertainment Calendar
Visit downtown Salina for an evening of art, shopping, food, and fun!

5. Poetry Series

Salina Arts & Humanities has supported the Spring Poetry Series for more than thirty years. This event brings the nation’s prominent poets, as well as emerging voices, to read their work and engage with the community. The event is held on Tuesday evenings each April.

$5 at the door; free entry with valid student ID.

2023 Spring Poetry Series
Each Tuesday in April, 7 pm

April 4 – Spring Poetry Series: Traci Brimhall, Kansas Poet Laureate
7:00 pm, at Ad Astra Books & Coffee House, 135 N. Santa Fe Ave

April 12 – Spring Poetry Series: Gary Jackson
7:00 pm, at Ad Astra Books & Coffee House, 135 N. Santa Fe Ave

April 19 – Spring Poetry Series: Miguel M. Morales
7:00 pm, at Ad Astra Books & Coffee House, 135 N. Santa Fe Ave

April 27 – Spring Poetry Series: Sheri Purpose Hall
7:00 pm, at Ad Astra Books & Coffee House, 135 N. Santa Fe Ave

Series curated by: Huascar Medina, Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus
Sponsored by: Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina
Hosted by: Ad Astra Books & Coffee House, 135 N. Santa Fe Ave.
Supported by: Red Fern Booksellers

2023 Salina Spring Poetry Series Announced
2023 Salina Spring Poetry Series Announced

6. Smoky Hill River Festival

7. Horizons Grants

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