Category Archives: Art

Art Walk: Downtown This Evening

Please join the
Bourbon County Arts Council
for an
from 5pm-8pm!
The Bourbon County Arts Council
is hosting an
on the Liberty Theatre Patio,
113 S. Main St.,
THIS EVENING, June 21st from 5pm to 8pm.
For more information, contact Terri Floyd by email:
or by phone: 620-224-7221
Deb Halsey by email:
or by phone: 620-224-0684

Fort Scott Chamber Music Series Starts

The Fort Scott
Chamber Music Series
to debut this year with
three concerts
beginning on June 27th
Baolong Zhang
Vanessa Thomas
Last summer, and again at Christmastime, friends of Ben and Kathleen Clinesmith joined them in presenting two classical chamber music concerts at Fort Scott’s Presbyterian Church; support for both events was enthusiastic. From those concerts grew the idea of creating an annual chamber music concert series that could take place with area musicians, as well as musician friends from around the country.
With the generous support of individuals, local foundations, Key Charitable Trust, and the Bourbon County Arts Council, the newly launched
Fort Scott Chamber Music Series
debuts this year with three concerts: the first on June 27th, the second on July 7th, and a third sometime in the fall.
The first concert, on June 27th, at 7pm will feature the newly restored Steinway piano at Fort Scott High School, played by competition winning pianist, Baolong Zhang.
The second concert, on July 7th at 7pm will take place in the Presbyterian Church sanctuary and will include flute, harp, cello, bass, and voice.  The Kansas City Symphony featured soprano Vanessa Thomas (who will appear on this concert) last December during their series of holiday concerts.
Fort Scott has a rich musical heritage; music has been valued and supported in our community.
With this history to build on, a chamber music series will add to the life, education, and culture for all area residents.
To read about the individual performers for the upcoming summer concerts, click HERE

Friday Night Concert: First Southern Baptist Church

The Friday Night Free Concert in the Park series is sponsored by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce.
The concert this Friday will be moved to the First Southern Baptist Church on South Main Street at 7 p.m.
Featured musicians are The Hemphill Family Band, The Prairie Sunflower Strings and Ryan and Amber Goodbody.
“I am particularly happy to have this lineup of talent,” said Ralph Carlson, event coordinator. “This is a special performance that you should not miss.”

The International Music Day 2019 is a celebration of music all over the world, Carlson said.
“Celebrated yearly on this day, it is a time to enjoy music of all kinds and a chance for community to come together with a common love for music,” he said.  “This is our First Annual International Music Day Concert event.

Preservation Program Comes to Gordon Park Museum


Fort Scott, KS Gordon Park Museum Foundation announces that it is 1 of 79 institutions in the United States selected to participate in the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.

CAP helps museums improve the care of their collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and buildings. The museum will work with a team of preservation professionals to identify preventive conservation priorities. Museum specialist, Karen Butler-Clary from Highlands Ranch, Colorado is the Collection Assessor and architect, Craig Patterson from Lawrence, KS is the Building Assessor. The final assessment report will help the museum prioritize its collections care efforts in the coming years.

“The CAP program will help the Gordon Parks Museum to further enhance our collections care. Our goal is to preserve the collections for future generations. We are very excited and thankful to be part of this unique program and looking forward to getting started with the program right away to help ensure the preservation of the great collections we have here in the Museum for others to enjoy and study” said Kirk Sharp, Executive Director of the Gordon Parks Museum.

The CAP program is administered by FAIC through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services; a federal grant-making agency that supports museums and libraries.

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About the Gordon Parks Museum Foundation The mission of the Gordon Parks Museum is to honor the life and work of Gordon Parks, internationally-known photographer, filmmaker, writer, and musician; and to use his remarkable life story to teach about artistic creativity, cultural awareness, and the role of diversity in our lives. The Gordon Parks Museum Foundation is located at 2108 S. Horton St. Fort Scott, KS 66701 and specializes in collections of Gordon Parks. It is open from Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Learn more at

About FAIC The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation saves cultural heritage for future generations, protecting it from decay and destruction. Learn more about FAIC at

About IMLS The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s

Acapella Choir: Friday Night Free Concert

This Friday Night Concert Series, sponsored by the Fort Scott  Chamber of Commerce,  will feature The Acapella Choir from the Apostolic Christian church, Aleta Banwart director.

The concert is located at First and Main Street and is free to the public.

“The group is popular with our crowd,” Ralph Carlson, event coordinator said. “The crowd sings along as the songs are old familiar hymns. I am looking forward to their appearance.”

In the event of foul weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the Common Grounds Coffee shop, just down the street

Bring chairs as seating is limited.

Arts Council Summer Concert Series June 22

The Bourbon County Arts Council Summer Concert Series presents:
Whiskey Raccoons
live in concert
The Whiskey Raccoons
will be performing live at
Liberty Theatre
113 S. Main St. on Saturday,
June 22nd at 8pm!
For tickets, contact:
Terri Floyd: 620-224-7221
Bre Martin: 620-644-8703
Deb Anderson: 620-224-8650
The Chamber: 620-223-3566
$10 BCAC members / $15 non-members

Free Saturday Movies At Gordon Parks Museum

Gordon Parks Museum is located on the campus of Fort Scott Community College on South Horton Street.

The Gordon Parks Museum Presents: Cinema Saturdays at the Gordon Parks Museum

Films Starts at 12:00pm

JUNE 8: THE LEARNING TREE, (Written, Directed, Music Score, Screenplay by Gordon Parks) (1 hour, 47 minutes)

JUNE 15: LEADBELLY, (1 hour, 38 minutes)
SHAFT, (Directed by Gordon Parks) (1 hour, 40 minutes)


JULY 6: THE LEARNING TREE, (Written, Directed, Music Score, Screenplay by Gordon Parks) (1 hour, 47 minutes)

JULY 13: SUPER COPS, (The true story of two New York City street cops. Directed by Gordon Parks ) (1 hour 33 minutes)


JULY 27: JAYHAWKERS, (The story of Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas Coach Phog Allen. Written, Directed and Produced by Kevin Willmott ) (1 hour 46 minutes)


The Gordon Parks Museum Summer Hours will be Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. till Aug 3.

“Cinema Saturday” at the Gordon Parks Museum

Fort Scott-The Gordon Parks Museum will show the films of Gordon Parks on Saturdays this summer starting on June 8 at noon in the museum on the FSCC campus.

This free event will feature Mr. Parks’ films and one of Kevin Willmott’s films.

“This is a good way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon and come watch some of Gordon’s films that you may not have seen before,” said museum director Kirk Sharp. “We will show them on a big screen television in the living room area of the museum.”

The schedule is as follows: June 8-The Learning Tree; June 15- Leadbelly; June 22-Shaft (1971); June 29- Shafts Big Score; July 6-Learning Tree; July 13-Super Cops; July-20 Solomon Northup’s Odyssey; and July 27- Jayhawkers.

The Gordon Parks Museum summer hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting May 27 – August 3.

For more information contact the museum by email at or by phone at 223-2700, ext. 5850.

Friday Night Free Concert: St. Martin’s Academy

The featured group for the Friday Night Free Concert is the St. Martin’s Academy vocal and instrumental ensemble.

The group has an eclectic repertoire of folk, classical and Christian music, said Ralph Carlson, event coordinator.

“The St. Martin’s Academy performed for us last fall and was a real hit with our audience,” Carlson said. “Instruments include guitars and a bagpipe. The show starts at 7 p.m., come early and bring your lawn chairs as seating is limited. In the event of foul weather, the show will be moved to the Common Grounds Coffee Shop.”

Art Walk Is May 17

Please join the
Bourbon County Arts Council
for an
Friday, May 17th from 5pm-8pm
The Bourbon County Arts Council
is hosting an
on the Liberty Theatre Patio,
113 S. Main St.,
on Friday, May 17th from 5pm to 8pm.
There will be a 2nd ART WALK on
Friday, June 21st, same time, same place.
If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Terri Floyd by email:
or by phone: 620-224-7221
Deb Halsey by email:
or by phone: 620-224-0684

Friday Night Free Concert: Rick Hite

The Friday Night Free Concert Series will feature Rick Hite, this Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m.

Rick Hite is a native of Fort Scott and since moving home after a 38-year absence, he has been active in the music scene both here and during his travels.  In addition to playing locally, he has played at Mildred Store, in Mildred, KS, The White Horse Saloon in Black Mountain, NC, and most recently at venues in Jekyll Island, GA.  Rick loves all genres of music and provides a selection of entertainment from country, folk, Bluegrass, oldies and Gospel.

The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce sponsored show will be at the Heritage Park Pavilion, First and Main Streets, unless bad weather drives inside.  The alternate site is The Common Grounds Coffee Shop. 

“I am really pleased to get Rick to perform,” Ralph Carlson, concert coordinator said. “Rick made his career as a college professor and has retired back home in Ft. Scott.”



Front Row L to R: Benjamin Banwart, Josiah Banwart, Carolyn Tucker (teacher) Garren Tucker, Noelle Banwart, Abigail DeLoera. Back Row L to R: Abbigail Collins, Hannah Peck, Kelcie Bailey, Breisen Keller, Austin Sinn.

Piano students of Carolyn Tucker presented their annual recital, April 26, at Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church. Mrs. Tucker welcomed the guests and Rev. James Collins offered the invocation.

Benjamin Banwart performed “Carol Ann” by Michael W. Smith and “Lean on Me” as a duet with Tucker. Josiah Banwart played “Ballade” by Friedrich Burgmuller, and “She‘ll Be Comin‘ ‘Round the Mountain” as a duet with his teacher. Noelle Banwart performed “The Wild Horseman” by Robert Schumann and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as a duet with Tucker. Their parents are Mr. & Mrs. Trenton Banwart.

Abbigail Collins, daughter of Rev. & Mrs. James Collins, played “Theme from Trumpet Concerto in Eb” by Franz Joseph Haydn, and “Stars and Stripes Forever” as a duet with her teacher.

Abigail DeLoera, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mario DeLoera, performed “Largo” by Antonin Dvorak and “Love Me Tender” as a duet with Tucker.

Hannah Peck, daughter of Rev. & Mrs. Virgil Peck, played “Waltz Op. 39, No. 15” by Johannes Brahms, and “Dixie” as a duet with her teacher.

Austin Sinn, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Doug Sinn, performed ”Roses from the South” by Johann Strauss, Jr.

Garren Tucker, son of Mr. & Mrs. Seth Tucker, performed “Quiet River” by Willard A. Palmer. Due to a scheduling conflict with state competitions, Gregg Tucker was absent

Former student Kelcie Bailey, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Eric Bailey, played “Spinning Song Op. 14” by Albert Elmenreich.

Former student Breisen Keller, son of Mr. & Mrs. Landon Keller, performed “Sonatina in C Major” by Muzio Clementine. Keller currently studies with Mr. Seth Ernst.

The students were awarded Certificates of Excellence, gift packets, and their favorite candy. An Elvis Gospel CD was awarded to Garren Tucker as a door prize. Amanda Collins and former student Kelcie Bailey served as guest book and program hostesses. Diane Spencer served as sound technician, and photography was provided by Michelle Harrison.

The recital concluded with a musical wrap-up by Ralph Carlson on guitar and Carolyn Tucker on piano. The instrumental selections were: Blue Tango, If, St. Louis Blues; Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing; There is a Fountain, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, and There is Power in the Blood. Rev. Jimmy Tucker offered the benediction. Appreciation is extended to Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church for the use of their sanctuary. The Tucker Music Studio has been sharing the joy of music with area students for over 24 years.