To the editor:
I found the Journal-World article “From artsy to artplace” (April 7) very interesting. I wish the Arts Center much success for all their efforts. That being said, I was disappointed to see no mention of Haskell Indian Nations University included in all these plans. Perhaps that will come later should this all come to fruition and a more formal county- or city-wide plan is developed. I hope so.
Perhaps it is not too late to point out Haskell’s rich art and cultural talents to the grant providers. May I refer you and the reader to the Journal-World’s own article on April 29, 2011. The article points out so many of Haskell’s rich contributions in art and culture. Where else in the United States are there more than 150 tribes in a community at one time, each with its own rich culture? Some of the beautiful regalia at their powwows and ceremonies are true masterpieces of craftsmanship, beadwork and imagination.
Many artists of various mediums have and probably still do walk the halls at Haskell. I haven’t even begun to mention the architecture on campus. The triumphant Haskell Stadium entrance arch is mentioned in a prominent art book. Twelve campus building are U.S. national historic landmarks. The bandstand is a historical icon. Oh yes, art and culture abound on that campus and can only help Lawrence going from just being artsy to a truly unique artplace for all the world to see.