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April starts with art and tulips

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Courtesy Bartlett Arboretum
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April is nearly upon us, and so too are plenty of springtime events, like the Bartlett Arboretum’s annual Art at the Arb. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, it’s a celebration with 30,000 blooming tulips, food vendors, and back-to-back concerts both days. Details are at bartlettarboretum.com.

Botanica’s Tulip Festival is back as well, with three Saturdays packed with activities and special events, April 2-16. There’s live music, food and drink vendors, kids crafts and yard games, carousel rides and tulip tours. And that’s just a partial list. There’s more at botanica.org.

For the indoorsy-types, check out this year’s Engineering Expo at Century II for STEM activities for kids K-8. It’s 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Details are at wichitaengineeringexpo.org.

This Friday is also the first Friday of April so there’s plenty of art receptions to take in. Here are just a few:

  • Envision Arts Gallery is hosting two solo exhibitions with an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. at 801 E. Douglas, Suite 106
  • Local artist Tim Stone’s MFA thesis exhibition titled Keyword is at Reuben Saunders Gallery, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at 3125 E. Douglas
  • And a group show of WSU’s School of Art, Design and Creative Industries graduating seniors is from 6 to 9 p.m. at Shift Space, located inside Groover Labs at 334 N. St. Francis

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Music: "Spring Comes Early" by Podington Bear. From the Free Music Archive. CC BY NC

Jordan Kirtley is KMUW's Marketing Manager and the host of Next Up, a local events commentary. More casually she is known as KMUW’s “in-house artist,” having designed the many facets of KMUW’s visual identity.