Manhattan, KS— In solidarity wi
Green, Kan. — The City of Green is hoping to give their city park a makeover this weekend with the help of anyone willing to lend a hand.
Bev Lippert Caley, who organized the cleanup and is a member of the Green Revitalization Organization or GRO, said plans include removing dead trees and brush from the park.
In the future, the GRO hopes to make a destination for picnics or possibly add in a band shell.
The park is located a half mile north of Green and clean up efforts will begin around 8 am on April 23rd. Caley said you don’t have to be from Green to help out.
Caley said this is just one thing they have planned in Green through GRO.
The park in downtown Green has also been cleaned up. She says this is all an attempt to bring life back into the small town that has a lot to offer and that it was just neglected for many years.
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th Ukrainians displaced by Russia’s war with their country, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University is featuring artwork by an artist who himself was displaced as a young child.
“Fishers of Men” by artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez is a large circular form made of netting, bits of nautical maps and acrylic paint behind an overlay of Tyvek mesh. This striking work represented Fifield-Perez in the exhibition “Fronteras/Frontiers” at the Beach Museum in 2017 and, according to museum staff, caused some visitors to comment that it resembled a view of Earth from distant space.
“‘Fishers of Men’ reminds us particularly of those who have braved perilous water crossings, often pursued like criminals and denied access to a safe haven,” Beach Museum director Linda Duke said. “The museum has once more put ‘Fishers of Men’ on view. Its message of empathy and compassion crosses frontiers.”
Fifield-Perez was smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border as a young child. He grew up with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, status. In his work as an artist, he has frequently evoked the misery of immigrants and refugees.
“The recent invasion of Ukraine has transformed millions of ordinary people into desperate refugees,” Duke said. “Whether by land or water, many of them are children and their journeys are dangerous.”
For the 2017 exhibition, Fifield-Perez requested that excerpts from the poem “Home” by British-Somali poet Warsan Shire be placed on labels for his artworks. The excerpt that accompanies “Fishers of Men” offers these lines:
no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you have to understand,
no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land
The Beach Museum of Art, 701 Beach Lane, is on the southeast corner of the K-State campus. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Free parking is available adjacent to the building. To catch a livestream event or view exhibitions online, go to beach.k-state.edu, or watch videos of the museum’s special programs and events on its YouTube channel, beach.k-state.edu/videos. For calendar of events in the Art in Motion annual program series visit beach.k-state.edu/calendar.