5.4.7 Arts Center
The 5.4.7 Arts Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of both visual and performing arts and providing an environment to create and learn through exhibits, performances and classes. As the only public arts center between Wichita and Dodge City, it serves as an important regional resource for contemporary art in Southwestern Kansas.
The Center’s name comes from the date on which a Category 5 tornado devastated nearly all of Greensburg on May 4, 2007. After the tornado, the community made the decision to designate art as an essential part of the city’s social and economic redevelopment by choosing to build 5.4.7 Arts Center as its first public building.
Designed and built in 2008 by Studio 804, a non-profit organization of graduate architecture students from the University of Kansas, it is the first building in Kansas to receive a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating and exemplifies Greensburg’s commitment to rebuild as an entirely ‘green’ town.