From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 5, 1986:
- Art in the Park was celebrating its silver anniversary in 1986. High wind gusts caused a bit of trouble for the viewers, customers, and the 80 artists whose works were on display, but sunny skies and warm temperatures prevailed, bringing thousands of people to South Park. An alternate show just north of the park also drew interest from customers. Called Art Out of the Park, it had been organized by artists whose works were not accepted by the Lawrence Art Guild for inclusion in the Art in the Park show.
- A bill that would create a non-profit corporation and establish an independent board of regents at Haskell Indian Junior College had been put on hold. U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., had decided not to pursue the legislation until it had a consensus of support from the Native American community.