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8/7/2014 - New Visual Arts Coordinator at Salina Arts & Humanities

Contact: Brad Anderson or
Kay Quinn


Brad Anderson, Executive Director of Salina Arts & Humanities, announces that Grace Peterson has been selected as the agency’s new Visual Arts Coordinator.

A native of Parker, Colorado, Peterson holds a BFA with an emphasis in sculpture from the University of Kansas. She also has a degree in applied arts from Johnson County Community College. Most recently, Peterson served as the lead instructor for the Lawrence Arts Center, developing educational curriculum and teaching classes including print making, clay and kinetic art. Peterson also worked in Lawrence with Van Go, Inc., in which disadvantaged youth are paid to make marketable art in a job-training setting. As part of her civic leadership, Peterson chaired the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, also overseeing public art guided by the Percent for Art Committee. At The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Peterson taught art to non-English-speaking preschoolers and other special populations, and also worked with inner-city students enrolled in Operation Breakthrough.

“Through programs like Van Go, I have seen youth gain confidence and more life direction as they learn technical skills,” says Peterson. “In that program, we worked on a vocabulary so they could learn to talk about and critique art. It was fine if you didn’t like something--you just had to be able to communicate why. In doing so, they learned what they liked and what they appreciate, which can be true for anyone.”

In her work at SA&H, Peterson will oversee the River Festival’s two juried art shows, Art Demo area, outdoor Art Installations and the growing Art Patron Program.  She also is the agency’s liaison to the Community Art and Design Program and its advisory committee and will serve as a public and visual-arts resource for local artists and arts organizations.

“I’m looking forward to directly experiencing what I’ve heard so much of, about why Salina is special artistically and culturally,” says Peterson, a working artist in multimedia. SA&H Executive Director Anderson adds, “Grace brings a strong record of service and engagement to Salina. We are excited to have her as a resource to our community.”

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.