Grassroots Art Center

Our History

Beginning Growth and Development. The Lucas Arts & Humanities Council, Inc. (LAHC) aka Grassroots Art Art Center a non-profit organization was formed in 1991. LAHC has a nine member Board of Directors with the following officers: President, Vice-president, Secretary, and Treasurer. From 1991 to 1994 the board of directors, working committees and many volunteers dedicated thousands of hours to complete the building renovation. Two-thirds of the Center's space is gallery and the remainder gift area, classroom, office and restrooms.


Next the Council expanded programming focusing on grassroots also known as self-taught, naïve art especially those whose work tends toward environments and other cultural arts. Art In 1999 LAHC renovated a third attached turn-of-the-century building for exhibit space Art and in 2000 created the outdoor Post Rock Limestone Exhibit. The courtyard exhibit is a tribute to the architectural work of stone masons in the area from 1870-1920. LAHC hosted two Smithsonian Institution exhibits, an Eccentric Kansans Conference, Kansas Artists and Craftsmen Conference and Straw Odyssey, 2 week workshops for European straw plaiters. Volunteers and staff have written and obtained various grant, sources of funding at the national, state, and local levels. An LAHC endowment was established in 2004.