2024 Big Kansas Road Trip Leads to North-Central Kansas

The sixth annual Big Kansas Road Trip (BKRT) takes place May 2-5 in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties plus the community of Lucas in Russell County.

The goal of the Kansas Sampler Foundation annual event is to provide first-hand experiences in rural communities for the general public, according to Marci Penner, co-director of the foundation.

Dozens of attractions and merchants open their doors and plan activities during the four-day event. Visitors choose their own pace and which of the a la carte options to include.

Itineraries can be planned by visiting bigkansasroadtrip.com or perusing the BKRT color print guide. Options include grassroots art, military history, missile silos, geologic gems, petroglyphs, lakes, post rock structures, hiking trails, museums, a microbrewery, made-from-scratch restaurants, unique shopping, and even a drive-in movie theater.

For more information go to bigkansasroadtrip.com or call 620-960-0552.

Ulrich celebrates 50 years of art 

The Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University kicked off its 50th anniversary with an exhibition featuring its world-class outdoor sculpture collection. Fully Dimensional: Artists of the Outdoor Sculpture Collection, Jan. 25-June 15, celebrates artists of the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection and their larger bodies of work.

Featuring over 90 pieces, the exhibition combines selections from the Ulrich permanent collection and special works on loan. The WSU outdoor collection includes works by such notable artists as Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Robert Indiana, Joan Miró, Fernando Botero and Andy Goldsworthy. 

For more info on the exhibition or the outdoor collection, visit ulrich.wichita.edu.