A delegation from Russia will scout Lawrence's arts groups, performing spaces, and galleries Wednesday for future arts and cultural exchanges between Kansas and the region of Russia.
"There are lots of ideas to be talked about and explored," said Judy Billings, director of the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is helping organize the delegation's visit to Lawrence.
"There could be exchanges where they bring groups here to perform. There might be a Russian crafts exhibit that would travel around the state," she said.
The five delegates from Leningrad first will tour the Ernst F. Lied Center, a new performing arts facilitity being built on Kansas University's West Campus, and the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art.
The delegation then will visit the Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H., and the Lawrence Arts Center, Ninth and Vermont, and meet with local artists and leaders of local performing groups and arts organizations.
The visit from the delegation is the result of an agreement forged by Gov. Joan Finney and Leningrad officials last year to promote cultural exchanges between Kansas and the Leningrad region of Russia, Billings said.
The delegation, which includes the deputy administrator of Leningrad and Leningrad's minister of culture, also is scheduled this week to visit Wichita, Topeka, Hutchinson and Overland Park, she said.