Archive For The “Scissortail Art Center” Category

If we build it, will they come?

By | July 10, 2011

I’ve mentioned my desire to gauge the felt need for a retreat a few times now. It seems to me this is an important aspect (read in part “responsible aspect” in the context of a future nonprofit) of the planning process. Lately I’ve wondered exactly how important this is (even though, responsible aspects aside, I’d […]

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More on the feasibility of an artist retreat

By | September 4, 2010

Some months ago now my wife suggested I look up Randy Elrod on Twitter. Randy, a Christian man, seemed to talk regularly about an art retreat he was affiliated with. So I did look him up. The retreat in question is called Kalein. Don’t ask me how to pronounce it. If I recall correctly, I […]

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Community revival and the artist retreat

By | March 27, 2010

Last weekend I came across a property in Hazelton, Kansas that seems like it would work very well for an artist retreat. It’s a very large building that was most recently either a farm implement or oil well supplier from what I can tell. The 1948 concrete structure — from what I can tell it […]

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Artist retreat, felt need

By | February 21, 2010

One of the things I haven’t been able to accurately gauge with respect to the arts and faith retreat idea is the presence of real felt need among artists of faith for this kind of resource. As I’ve continued to write about the idea this year I’ve heard from more and more people affirming the […]

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Abandoned prairie schools as art center

By | April 30, 2009

A lot of shorter entries the past few weeks. I go in cycles like this, if you haven’t noticed, between longer more ponderous posts and shorter newsy items. My wife is all excited this week about a spinning (as in yarn-making) retreat in tiny Harveyville, Kansas, about 45 minutes southeast of Topeka. The host of […]

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IAM Encounter: To be a creative catalyst

By | March 11, 2009

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday by an acquaintance’s proposal in my inbox, inviting me to be part of a small publication intended to encourage artists of faith in their craft. I have a lot of questions before consenting to the idea, but I’m hopeful it will work out. This has me thinking again about my […]

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Faith, art and barns

By | January 5, 2009

I mentioned last week how I mulled over my idea for a faith-based art center while traveling through Missouri and Illinois over the holidays. This idea comes back to me with regularity when I’m on the road, when I have more time to think than in other circumstances (and probably on account of the surrounding […]

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