Arts/Culture

The Arts and Culture category focuses on opportunities to expand community members’ knowledge and appreciation of different artistic and cultural elements. 

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Identified Goals:

  • Establish community gardens in each town to promote farm-to-table eating

  • Encourage new volunteers to local organizations

  • Mine the wealth of the county

  • Build a culture of Legacy Giving: leaving to your community

  • Welcome and include voices of all in the community

  • Support regional events

  • Design a Community Concierge Team

  • Increase diversity in Norton County

  • Host meet and greets for community members

  • Promote and market quality of life in Norton County

  • Become cultural and entrepreneurial mecca of Northwest Kansas

  • Push the Highway 36 project

  • Tell the Norton County story

 

Grants Given Totaling $5,000:

  • Prairie Dog Press received a grant in 2019 to build capacity within the organization to continue producing the paper. 

 

Although not grant funded, The Heaton Building is significant project in the Arts/Culture space. The Heaton Building is a Social Purpose Real Estate project envisioned and motivated by Gloria Nelson. The project began with the gifts of the middle building from Warren Heaton in 2007 and the north and south buildings from Norman and Gloria Nelson in 2008. The building underwent renovations and was re-dedicated in 2016. Today, the building is home to 13 businesses (including the Norton County Community Foundation) and nearly 30 employees. The building also offers event gathering space and The Gloria A. Nelson Cultural Arts Center, which is commissioned to the Norton County Arts Council for use and display rights. The Arts Center has a hanging wire system for gallery display, which lends itself to different exhibits and shows. The Heaton Building is also home to the Under Underground Concert Series, which takes place throughout the year.

112 S. Kansas, Suite 308

Norton, Kansas 67654

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