Spencer Museum plans Arts and Culture Festival

LAWRENCE — The Spencer Museum of Art’s Student Advisory Board will host its fifth annual Arts and Culture Festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 5 at the museum. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature art for sale by local and student visual artists, art-making activities for all ages, live music and performances, a screening of the animated classic "Howl’s Moving Castle" and the launch of the 2012 Southwest Middle School “Bulldog” podcasts about the Spencer’s collection. The afternoon also marks the opening of the SSAB’s 2012 juried student-art exhibition "Connection/Misconnection."

Salina sophomore Chloe Chun Seim, who is this year's festival chair, says the annual event aims to unite members of the KU and Lawrence communities of all ages through visual and performing arts. "The Arts and Culture Festival is an important component of the Spencer Student Advisory Board's work," she says. "Bringing together both members of KU and the Lawrence community, the festival is a wonderful opportunity for people across the county to come together and engage in an atmosphere of artistic and cultural celebration."

Participating local artists and KU cultural groups will display and sell their work in booths. Visitors will be able to talk to artists and also take part in activities both inside and outside of the Museum.

KU Student Senate helped support the event.

"Connection/Misconnection," the SSAB’s fourth-annual juried art show, will open in the Raymond White Teaching Gallery. Thanks to a donation, a total of $1,000 in prize money will be awarded to the top five artists; each will receive a $200 Richard P. Nadeau Memorial Award.