Art & Culture on the Prairie
See original artwork in two downtown galleries, the gallery at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, and during certain times of the year at Stuhr Museum. Art in the Park sets up every July in the shade of Stolley Park. The Follow the Rails Art Trail follows communities along the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway from Grand Island to Alliance every October.
For live theatre see the Grand Island Little Theatre’s calendar. The Piccadilly Players also perform plays throughout the year with great attention to their craft. The Moonshell Arts & Humanities Council administers mini-grants to local art teachers as well as organizing monthly lectures free to the public.
The Grand Theatre is the cultural keystone of Downtown Grand Island. The beautiful historic theatre shows second-run films on the weekend and hosted the first Prairie Lights Film Festival in 2013.
"I would invade the business section of town and, being a shy boy, hide behind posts or crates to draw the merchants and town characters. As I look now at those early drawings, I am amazed at how they bring the characters of that little prairie town to life, right into the here and now."
- Grant Reynard (1887-1968) talking about his hometown of Grand Island