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Emporia Celebrates the Flint Hills

Specific Need

Funds will be needed to continue enriching our community through educational and cultural activities significant to Emporia and the Flint Hills region as well as expanding our development of new ideas to promote our mission.


The mission of Emporia Celebrates the Flint Hills is to present a series of events to draw attention to the cultural and historical significance of the Flint Hills and the city of Emporia.


Emporia Celebrates the Flint Hills, founded in 2000, is a volunteer organization which initiates and/or supports events that provide opportunities for residents and visitors to connect with the culture and history of Emporia and the Flint Hills.  Selected projects/events include the following:


  *Emporia Symphony Orchestra - ECFH continues to sponsor the annual "pops" concert and the children's concert.


  *Pianos on the Pavement - decorated pianos brought public art downtown during a busy summer period which included the Dirty Kanza, the Flint Hills Rodeo, and the Symphony in the Flint Hills.


  *USD253 - ECFH began annual field trips for schoolchildren to the National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.


  *Emporia Arts Center - ECFH sponsored the professional exhibit "Imprinting the West," related to Flint Hills history.


  *Emporia Arts Center - ECFH sponsored an exhibit "Prairie Tales" by local author Jerilynn Henrikson and local artist Joshua Finley.  Exhibit was accompanied by an exhibit made possible by Carol Marshall:  "Stringtown," the story of Emporia's early black community.


  *Flint Hills Map & Education Project - ECFH supported this educational project, provided free to all schools in the Flint Hills region.


  *Secondhand Sounds - "musical" instruments made by residents and schools from recycled materials were exhibited downtown and at the public library.


  *Lyon County History Center - ECFH provided funding for bison artifacts for use in educational activities.


  *"Exploring the Flint Hills" - ECFH initiated tours to familiarize new ESU faculty with the Flint Hills region.


Emporia Celebrates the Flint Hills is made possible by individual contributions and an occasional grant.  Committee members work with the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Emporia Main Street, Emporia State University, school districts, and interested citizens and organizations to plan and/or support projects which increase public participation and an awareness of our city's and our region's vitality.

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Emporia KS 66801
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