Welcome to the Prairie Studies Initiative
"Red Prairie and Bison," an acrylic on canvas by Patricia DuBose Duncan in 1990, was a gift to Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art by former Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker. Duncan created a national traveling exhibition on tallgrass prairies that helped draw attention to the need to preserve them.
The Prairie Studies Initiative is a collaborative community of K-State faculty, staff, students and the broader public to explore the cultural and ecological dimensions of the prairie, challenges to sustaining grassland ecosystems, and envisioning new futures for these unique and important landscapes. The initiative hopes to cultivate understanding of the natural ecosystems, history, culture, and livelihoods of the prairie, and to employ the arts to make these explorations meaningful to a wide public. We invite you to explore our resources here, attend our events and to contact us via the Beach Museum of Art.
How to get involved?
If you are interested in learning more about initiative events and opportunities, join our public mailing list by notifying firstname.lastname@example.org. Check our upcoming events at our project and programs or the Beach Museum calendar! Please join us when your schedule allows.
Cross-Disciplinary Exploration and Engagement:
An Art-Science Workshop
July 15, 2016, Meeting Hall, Konza Prairie Biological Station, Manhattan, KS
Apply to be one of the 20 artists and 20 scientists joining us for a day of intense mental stimulation, discovery, and dialogue to expand your practice and investigative imagination. Special Presenter: Matthew Coolidge, Founder and Director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) in Los Angeles. This is no cost to attend this workshop. More information and registration link (pdf).