Big changes next year are expected to help the Bowlus Fine Arts Center connect to a wider audience. The center will add a new position to expand educational programs for students, with more events, a massive marketing campaign and a special event yet to be announced.
On Monday, Director Daniel Kays presented USD 257 board members with next years budget, his first since taking over the position in October.
The budget represents Kays efforts to market the Bowlus to a wider audience in southeast Kansas and increase attendance. That means bringing in more activities and events; the number of programs will expand from 14 to 25, which includes eight shows or concerts for the general public as well as community events like recitals and symphony performances, a special event and 12 educational programs for area students.