The Symposium was created to bring together emerging and established arts councils and organizations from around Kansas to facilitate professional development, partnership, and celebration of the arts in our communities. Salina Arts & Humanities and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission are hosting the 2023 Symposium. It will occur on October 11 and 12, 2023, at the Homewood Suites in Salina, KS.

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Schedule | Keynote | Workshops | Walking Tour

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Who is the KS Arts Councils Symposium for?
Who is the KS Arts Councils Symposium for?
2023 Symposium Dates


Keynote: State of the Arts in Kansas

Wednesday, October 11, 4:15 pm

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission’s (KCAIC) Director, Curtis Young, will discuss art advocacy and how local arts councils can reshape the discourse surrounding the arts, ultimately fostering growth, wide-ranging partnerships, and securing more funding. He will also explore the valuable resources offered by KCAIC that can aid in this endeavor.

Curtis Young, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission


Thursday, October 12. 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Artists are the center of the conversation with this workshop that explores how we work together to affect change in our communities. Facilitators will support the discussion from the perspective of working with artists. Participants will be encouraged to celebrate success and share areas in which they struggle.

Music: Alex Kimball Williams, Lawrence; Nick Carswell, Lawrence
Visual Arts: Michael Knutson, Garden City; Kelly Yarbrough, Manhattan
Literary Arts: Traci Brimhall, Manhattan; Tim Bascom, Topeka
Theatre/Performing Arts: Shannon TL Kearns, Independence; Elizabeth-Ali Schade, Salina

Strengthening Organizational Capacity
Thursday, October 12. 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Explore and share strategies and tools with peers from communities with similar capacities and resources. This workshop will help build connections across the state and equip leaders to make a difference in their communities. Participants can choose to identify with one or more elements of the grouped conversations.

One or less paid professional staff, all-volunteer boards, any population: Kelsi Depew, Reno County; Marsha Howe, Lindsborg

2-5 paid staff or populations of 5,000 to 39,999: Katy Guthrie, Garden City; Deborah Geiger, Atchison

5 or more paid staff or populations of 40,000 or more: Sarah VanLanduyt, Johnson County; Lindsay Benacka, Wichita


Registration is closed. For questions, please contact Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 or


Homewood Suites Group Rate, starting at $129 – available until September 10, 2023.  
The group code is SAH

Use the website link to book online:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the date of stay (GOOD FOR THE NIGHTS OF OCTOBER 11th – 13th, 2023)
  3. Click Special Rates Box
  4. On the Box highlighted below labeled Group Code, enter SAH
  5. And click Check room rates and select room type, and enter information. 


Symposium attendees can also call the hotel at 785-515-2600 and speak to guest services and provide them with the “group code” 

Salina offers many other great lodging options; learn more at Visit Salina.


Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission
Salina Arts & Humanities
Fili Creative
Homewood Suites by Hilton - Salina Downtown
Salina Art Center
Visit Salina
Mid-America Arts Alliance
City of Wichita Arts & Cultural Services

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