Give to the Beach

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art is an active place. The museum stewards and actively grows a collection of art representing Kansas and the region and, in the case of works on paper, American art more generally. The collection currently numbers over 10,000 works of art that must be housed and displayed using the very best professional practices. These include meticulous control of temperature and humidity, archival quality storage boxes and other materials, safe handling of objects by trained professionals, on-going research, and detailed record keeping.

The museum also maintains a busy schedule of temporary exhibitions. Some of these are brought in from other museums; others are the result of the Beach Museum curators’ research, writing, and creativity. Again, the staff adheres to best practices in the field at every step in the process. These high professional standards allow the Beach Museum to retain its status as fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Operating at this level is not inexpensive.

In addition, the Beach Museum of Art offers an active schedule of programs. Public programs, including films, talks, performances and more, attract a wide range of visitors and enrich the cultural life of the campus, city and region. Educational programs support and contribute to the work of area schools, youth organizations, groups that serve senior citizens and people with disabilities, pre-schools and home school families.

The museum regularly provides special programming for K-State classes. Collaborative projects represent another area of activity for the museum. The Beach Museum proudly joins forces with McCain Auditorium, the K-State Libraries, and many other campus and community entities to create extraordinary cultural events. Once again, these activities have significant costs.

The Beach Museum of Art relies on the generosity of the individuals who value its work and the businesses that recognize the central importance of this work to maintaining a strong, healthy community.

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The KSU Foundation is the charitable arm of Kansas State University. The Foundation accepts and issues tax receipts for all gifts to the Beach Museum of Art and manages all funds on behalf of the museum.