From 1975 to 1983, the Carnegie Library building was the bustling hub of the Senior Citizens Center. Fast forward to the fall of ’83, when the city graciously handed over the keys to the Goodland Arts Council, marking a vibrant new chapter.

Picture this: a group of arts enthusiasts, armed with creativity and community spirit, coming together on October 16th, 1978, to form the Goodland Arts Council. This nonprofit powerhouse emerged from a PRIDE-appointed committee’s brainstorming session, envisioning a cultural epicenter housed in none other than the historic Carnegie Library. By ’83, the council was on a mission, launching a full-scale fundraising blitz to revamp the interior. Think modern amenities like upgraded wiring, plumbing, and climate control, alongside fresh coats of paint, cozy carpets, and sleek office gear.

Fast forward to June 10, 1984: curtains up on the grand reopening of the Carnegie Arts Center! Since then, it’s been a whirlwind of creativity, with monthly art showcases, electrifying musical performances, and captivating theatrical productions lighting up the gallery. And let’s not forget the summer arts programs, igniting young imaginations across the area.

But wait, there’s more! With the unwavering support of partners like the Sherman County Historical Society, PRIDE, and the city, we’ve etched our place in history, landing the Carnegie Building a spot on the Kansas Historical Registry of Historic Places.

Now, meet the dream team behind it all:

President: Chynna Mangus

Vice President: Koren Dechant

Secretary: Hannah Kvasnicka

Treasurer: Jeremy Skrdlant

Executive Director: Alison Griffith

Our mission? Simple yet mighty: to make the arts accessible to all. We’re all about spreading the joy of creativity, making sure everyone has a front-row seat to the magic.

So, what’s next? We’re here to champion existing cultural gems and spark fresh ones into life. Whether it’s a dazzling art exhibition, a toe-tapping concert, or a mind-bending workshop, we’re your go-to source for all things arts and culture in Goodland and beyond.