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Fort Hays State University is the center for the arts in Hays and western Kansas. The Hays Symphony Orchestra, anchored by Department of Music and Theatre faculty, students and staff and which includes many volunteers from the community, is in its 100th season. The musical and theatrical season at the University includes concerts by the orchestra and four theatrical performances – two plays, a musical and an opera. Almost every month of the academic year features major musical events in the University's premier performance venue, the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall. Performances include not only the orchestra but the choirs, faculty recitals, the band and jazz band, the wind ensembles, and small ensembles. The Encore Series brings in attractions from around the world in all areas of artistic performance – dance, theatre, music and more. The Sebelius Lecture Series on public affairs, inaugurated in fall 2013 with a debate by former presidential candidates Howard Dean, Democrat, and Rick Santorum, Republican, provides a view of people and issues in the national and global arenas. The Department of Art and Design also hosts numerous exhibitions during the year in the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art in Rarick Hall. In Hays are also almost 20 privately owned art studios and galleries as well as the Hays Arts Council Gallery. The Council also sponsors both a spring and a winter art walk among the many galleries in Hays. Those are two of the most popular events in the region, attracting thousands of walkers.
The city also has an active community theatre.
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