Greensburg art center hosts Smithsonian traveling exibit

Hannah Brown
Pratt Tribune
Stacey Barnes and Ann Dixon assemble tiles painted by members of the community in conjunction with the upcoming CROSSROADS: Change in Rural America exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution.

The 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg is welcoming a new exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution titled CROSSROADS, Change in Rural America, thanks to work put in by Ann Dixon and Humanities Kansas.

“The 5.4.7 Arts Center is blessed to be selected to host the Smithsonian exhibit CROSSROADS, Change in Rural America,” said Ann Dixon, Director. “This county has seen significant change over the past 13 years and we have all learned to envision for the future, engage everyone in planning for the future, and endeavor together to build sustainable rural communities.” 

The exhibit will arrive on Tuesday and will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, October 16 from 3-6 p.m. and will be in town until November 29. Greensburg is one of only six Kansas communities to receive the exhibit from the world renowned  According to the Smithsonian Institution’s website, the exhibit will include five free-standing exhibition units with photographs, text panels, and objects, a video monitor, a free-standing touch screen interactive computer kiosk that features video and audio content, an outdoor banner, and exhibition support materials for state and local coordinators. The focus of the exhibit is to highlight the dramatic change that has happened in the U.S. since 1900, when 40% of Americans lived in rural areas, compared to less than 18% in 2010, according to their website. 

The community project that coincides with the exhibit, titled Greensburg Crossroads: Envision, Engage, and Endeavor” includes hundreds of 4x4 canvas pieces, painted by community members depicting their view of rural America

In conjunction with the exhibit, the 5.4.7 will host Humanities Kansas speaker Erika Nelson. Nelson will speak at the Kiowa County Senior Center on Friday, October 23 at 12:30 p.m. with a lunch to follow. North Newton, Independence, Alma, Norton, and Iola are the other communities that Crossroads will visit.