KHS 2020 Graduate Donates Painting

A student artist that recently graduated from the Kirksville High School (KHS) Class of 2020, Sedrict-Roy Obi-Tabot, is preparing to head off to the Kansas City Art Institute for Fall 2020 classes. Sedrict recently reached out to the Kirksville Arts Association (KAA) stating that he wanted to give something back to the community that he felt supported him, and offered to donate one of his paintings. The KAA welcomed his donation, which can currently be seen at the Sue Ross Arts Center (SRAC) where it is proudly displayed in the front window for the public to enjoy!

The KAA appreciates and wants to thank Sedrict for his donation. The title of Sedrict’s work is “COVID” and features the faces of many different people, some with masks, and some without masks. When asked about the inspiration for the piece, Sedrict indicated that with all the different colors of faces, and all the different things going on in the world today that people disagree about—COVID-19 has attacked all of us the same.

The KAA wishes Sedrict the best as he begins his new endeavor at the Kansas City Art Institute this fall, and is excited to see what the future holds for this talented young artist! Follow us on Facebook at: to stay up-to-date on all KAA news and events. 

NEW – Red Barn Artist Series

Since we are unable to have the 46th Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival we will be offering the “Red Barn Artists Series” this year, which will blend the festival with our Lunch and Learn series.
We will be hosting a Lunch and Learn type of presentation, without the lunch, by Red Barn vendors throughout the upcoming year.

The Splintered Spool will be our first presenters. Quilter Andrea O’Brien and woodworker, John O’Brien will speak on Monday, August 31st at 1 pm in the Gaber Gallery at the Sue Ross Arts Center. You can attend in person or online. Seating for the live presentation will be limited. Reservations must be made for both the live and online presentation. Call Lindsay at 660.665-0500 or visit to make your reservation.

John and Andrea will bring an array of items for sale that they typically would have sold at Red Barn. These items will be available for purchase at the Sue Ross Arts Center from August 31st until September 12th.

2020 Summer on the Square Cancelled

The Kirksville Area Arts Association (KAA) Board of Directors has been closely monitoring, evaluating, and assessing our Summer on the Square series after each performance. Out of caution, the KAA has determined it is in the best interest of the community to cancel the remainder of the season.

The KAA is eager to return with the Summer on the Square series the first Friday of June 2021! We would like to thank the whole community, our performers, our patrons, and especially our sponsors for strongly supporting the Summer on the Square effort and for bearing with us during this difficult time in the world for hosting public events. The KAA would like to provide a special thanks to the City of Kirksville, Sparklight, Dukum Inn Bar and Grill, Chariton Valley Association, Kirksville Tourism Office, and the Missouri Arts Council for their financial support through sponsorships and grants for this and other years’ programs. The KAA appreciates our sponsors and wants to extend great appreciation for their continued support!

In the meantime the KAA is committed to finding new ways to safely celebrate, foster, and share the arts during this uncertain time. Follow us on Facebook at: to stay up-to-date on all KAA news and events.

Fall 2020 Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival Cancelled

After long and difficult study the Kirksville Arts Association (KAA) has decided to cancel the Fall 2020 Red Barn Arts Festival. This was not an easy decision when considering the financial difficulties many artists are currently facing, the impact on our own operating budget, as well as the role this festival has come to play in our local community. Many factors were considered, along with the guidelines laid out by the CDC which highlight the risks associated with large gatherings and events for which participants travel from outside the community.

As the KAA moves into our new home in Downtown Kirksville, the Sue Ross Arts Center, we look forward to what the future holds. This includes bringing the Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival back, bigger and better than ever in September 2021.

In the meantime the KAA is committed to finding new ways to safely celebrate, foster, and share the arts during this uncertain time. Follow us on Facebook at: to stay up-to-date on all KAA news and events. 

Farewell and Thank You Judy!

Today we are celebrating Judy’s 17 years of outstanding service and commitment to the Kirksville Arts Association as Executive Director with a RETIREMENT CARD SHOWER. Judy plans to begin spending more time participating in art activities, and less time administering art activities beginning June 30th.

Judy has always had an interest and love for the Arts and became a charter member of the Kirksville Community Chorus in 1998, which subsequently led to becoming more active with the arts community by serving as a KAA board member prior to becoming the Executive Director in 2003. Her full biography will be in the Summer 2020 Newsletter where you can read more about her interesting and varied career.

You may mail your cards to Judy Neuweg, 19248 Holly Ct Trail, Kirksville, MO 63501.

Summer on the Square Postponed

Regrettably Kirksville Arts has postponed “Summer on the Square” until July. KAA is looking into ways to bring back the concerts while protecting the health of the performers and audience members. Stay tuned to Facebook and local media for further info.

Call (660) 665-0500 or Visit

High School Student Art Showcase Cancelled

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) the reception for the high school student art showcase has been cancelled. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are working to ensure safety and health for everyone in the community.

If anyone has questions don’t hesitate to call (660)-665-0500 or email

Stay Healthy!