PITTSBURG — Throughout history, Kansans have used art to express their opinions.

Pittsburg Public Library will host “Make Art, Not War,” led by Ericka Nelson, an independent artist, educator and director of the World's Largest Things, Inc. at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the library.

“Every year we look and see if the Kansas Humanities Council have a good quality program to share,” PPL Director Bev Clarkson said.

Nelson travels with her mobile museum, World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things.

In search of the odd and unique, she explores the backroads of the United States.
“The artist's job is not just to document an era, but to interpret, to convey ideas, elicit emotions,” Nelson said in a release. “When artists have deeply emotional responses to the world around them, some feel compelled to use their art to not just express their own experience, their own view, but to spur viewers to action. This is where protest art finds its power.”

“Make Art, Not War” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Kansas Stories Speakers Bureau, which examines human experience which people share — including innovations, culture, heritage and conflicts.

According to the release, the council supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program.

The council also encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities through community-based programs and as a financial resource through grant programs.
The community is invited to attend the free program. A second program will be on November 14 about the topic of free speech in the times of crisis.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.