Arts Around Town

From its beginnings, Sedalia has been a town interested in the arts. Scott Joplin wrote his famous "Maple Leaf Rag" here in Sedalia. It became the first piece of American music to sell a million copies. Today the city celebrates it Joplin roots by hosting the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival each June. Click here to learn more about the festival.

The nearly 100 year old Liberty Center is the area's oldest theatre located in historic downtown Sedalia. Today, the arts continue to thrive as with our newest addition of The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. We invite you to explore our city and take in some of our great art events and attractions.

The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art a major world venue of contemporary art exhibits located on the State Fair Community College Campus. To learn more about the Daum, click here.

The Arts at State Fair Community College are alive and doing well. From theatre, to music, outdoor sculptures, and art exhibits, there is always something to do on campus.

The historic Katy Depot serves as the areas welcome and heritage interpretive center. The public "art on the rails" is not to be missed as there are a variety of fun photo ops within this exhibit. To learn more about the historic Katy Depot, click here.

The Liberty Center Association for the Arts serves as the areas community arts organization and the hub of arts activity. Featuring live professional and community theatre as well as gallery shows featuring local artists, you're sure to find something at the Liberty Center. Galleries and shopping in downtown Sedalia—there are several shops and galleries featuring local artists in downtown Sedalia including the studio of the nationally known artist, Doug Freed.

The Missouri State Fair features art in a variety of venues for 11 days each August. From nationally known musicians to the fine arts building and the home ec building the state fair offers much for the arts enthusiast. Check out their website, to learn what is happening at this year's fair:

The Sedalia Symphony Society is the oldest continually performing Symphony west of the Mississippi. Symphony members perform in many events in the Sedalia area. However, the society hosts three concerts per season at the Heckart Performing Arts Center located on the campus of the Smith-Cotton High School. Check the arts calendar for their scheduled performances.

The Sedalia Concert Band is made up of nearly 50 local and area musicians. As it has for more than 100 years, the band performs free "concerts in the park" the every Thursday in June and July at Convention Hall in Liberty Park. Check out the parks website at

The Starline Brass Trail's End Plaza is currently under construction. Once complete, the plaza will pay homage to Sedalia's cattle drive era.