Host your next event at the art center

The Lee Dam Center for Fine Art is a beautiful space to host bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, graduation parties, banquets, reunions, fundraisers and meetings. From a small intimate gathering to a lavish corporate event, the art center can accommodate your needs. The art center’s prime downtown location is easy to get to and has a lovely view of historic Marysville. Large windows, stunning woodwork and a newly-renovated kitchen set the stage for an unforgettable experience. Host your event with us!

About the lee dam center for fine art

It costs $150 to rent the art center. A $200 security deposit is required, too. If the art center is left like it was found, the deposit is returned after the rental. There is a checklist the renter completes at the end of the rental – if all items are complete, the renter gets the deposit back.

It depends on how you set up the center. If you want a sit-down meal, you can easily seat 110 people. If you want to host a cocktail party, you can accommodate at least 150 guests. If you plan to have people sit in rows for a lecture or demonstration, you can seat at least 200 people.

The gallery is approximately 40 feet by 60 feet. The kitchen is about 20 feet by 40 feet.

You may, but you need to get permission from the City of Marysville since the art center is on city property. To obtain permission, contact the city clerk at 785-562-5331. It takes at least 20 days to obtain permission to serve alcohol

There are 130 comfortable folding chairs. The art center has a variety of tables: ten cocktail tables that seat four; nine 5′ round tables; four 6′ rectangular tables; and three 8′ rectangular tables.

Table decorations and linens are not included with your rental; however, there are several local vendors who can assist. Let us know if you need contact information.

Yes, it does! The art center has a newly renovated kitchen with two sinks, a garbage disposal, a stove with two ovens, a microwave, two refrigerators, a freezer and plenty of counter space.

Monthly exhibitions are at the art center from March through October.  There aren’t any exhibitions in November, December, January and February.  Generally, the exhibitions have art that hangs on the walls; the art provides a nice backdrop for your rental.  Sometimes there are exhibits that take up more of the gallery space (sculptures, pottery, etc.)  – if that’s the case, we’ve made a note of that on the art center’s calendar.  Exhibits that have large objects are marked in yellow on the calendar.

Yes, it is! There is a ramp that leads from the sidewalk to the art center’s main door. Once inside, everything is on one level.

Actually, there are two bathrooms at the art center!

The art center is located in downtown Marysville at 201 South 9th Street. The center’s location is ideal – it’s just a block from the local retail shops and restaurants and it’s on the northern edge of Marysville City Park. Plus, the city’s museums and other tourist attractions are within walking distance from the center.

Smoking is not allowed.

Once your rental has been confirmed, please send your deposit to MCAC within two weeks of the rental confirmation. Please make the check payable to MCAC and send it to P.O. Box 509 Marysville, KS 66508. The deposit check will not be cashed unless there are problems with your rental. Your deposit will be returned within the week following your rental. You will pay for your rental the day of the event.

Lee Dam was an entrepreneur who rose from a door-to-door salesman to develop City Sewing Machine Co., a company that once employed up to 80 persons, some of whom worked in the art center when it was a warehouse for the company. Mr. Dam married Betty Jeanne Nordhus in 1953, and they had four daughters. He died in 1977 at age 48. Mr. Dam’s friend, postmaster Clarence Wassenberg, was quoted in the Marysville Advocate as saying, “He improved his properties, employed lots of people, paid good wages and treated his employees very, very well.” The Dam family left the building to the city in 1991. The Marshall County Arts Cooperative manages the building for the City of Marysville.

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Art Center Availability

Available w 3D Exhibition