Special note: As of September 2017, we are having technical difficulties in updating our home page and other pages. In the meantime, updates are below.

Astra is proud to endorse and support The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Celebration Tour concert at Historic Memorial Hall in Independence, Kansas on November 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.! The box office at 123 N, 8th St. opens at 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 14 through Nov. 18. Phone sales to (620) 330-3795 also open at this time. The box office at Memorial Hall will open at 2:00 p.m. the day of the concert. For infor and tickets, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/4LeafMarketing/

Also....Astra Arts Festival to again host their Haunted Tour on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017!

Just in time for the spookiest time of the year, “Astra Arts Festival—2018” will sponsor a special encore of its popular “Haunted Indy Tour” of eerie sites in Independence—or, at least stories about places reputedly haunted!  The tour—which also takes a tongue-in-cheek touch--takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13 and advanced confirmed reservations are required.

Cost is $20 each for the approximate 90-minute tour, which includes van transportation and knowledgeable guides. Participants must be age 18 or older. The trip will abound with “mostly” true scary stories and visits to sites where legend holds of supernatural activity throughout the history of Independence.

Tour-goers should call Astra at (620) 266-1974 and leave a call-back message.  Reservations are not confirmed until Astra staff call back patrons and verify that there is room on the tour. Seating is very limited. Departure and return is at Riverside Park in front of the Riverside Aquatics Center.


Visual Arts - Exhibitions--2016 Festival


Bill Godfrey of Tarentum, PA created and presented colorful banners to the first festival coordinators.  The banners incorporate his interpretation of the Astra Festival and Independence through vibrant symbols and imagery. These banners flew high over downtown Independence during the first festival and will continue to be enjoyed as we celebrate the multi-disciplined arts festival.

The Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit

This annual mixed-media exhibit is produced by the Independence Historical Museum and Art Center and features the work of regional artists.  The exhibit will be open throughout the festival to celebrate and promote the work of area artists.  Any two-dimensional artist over the age of eighteen, living within Kansas or 500 miles of Independence is welcome to exhibit their original art work.

If interested in entering, check www.independencehistoricalmuseum.org

Monster Exhibit

The Monster Exhibit the second annual collaborative show, features the Independence kindergarten, 1st ,and 2nd grade art community student line drawings of monsters displayed alongside a high school student’s 2D or 3D interpretation. The results promise to be phenomenal!  The exhibit displays in May at the independence Public Library and will then be on display as a judged event during KIDS DISCOVER ART IN THE PARK at the Shelter House in Riverside Park on Sunday, July 3rd.


First Friday ASTRA Art Crawl

Mark you calendars for the First Friday ASTRA Art Crawl on Friday, July 1st from 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Come and experience historic downtown Independence and its treasures. Enjoy local and area artists as they display and discuss their artwork. We promise each venue will have something different and creative, and the artists will have their works for sale. The admission is free so come and enjoy great art at our First Friday ASTRA Crawl!

Lego Contest

If you are between 5 and 12 years of age, plan to show off your best LEGO creation at the LEGO contest on Friday, July 1st downtown in Independence.  Each participant may enter one creation made out of LEGO, DUPLO or any other LEGO compatible bricks, measuring 15” by 15” and no taller than 15”.  These dimensions are equivalent to one gray baseplate.  The entry must be one piece.  If there are several components, we suggest the use of a base, but it doesn’t have to be compatible with the LEGO bases, but it helps.
     Entries are accepted Friday from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. at 212 N. Penn Ave, which is the Astra headquarters.  First, Second and Third place winners will be decided by three-judge panel and public voting and will be announced Friday, July 1st at 6:50p.m. at headquarters. You must be present to win and entries must be reclaimed at 7:00p.m. Sonic of Independence is sponsoring this event.  Questions? A. Bloomfield:  abloomfield@indyschools.com or Emily McCambridge; emily.mccambridge@yahoo.com

Kids Discover Art in the Park

ASTRA 2016 is proud to offer “Kids Discover Art in the Park” for children, ages 4 through 12.  Join us at Riverside Park on Sunday, July 3rd from 1:00p.m. until 4:00p.m. where children can create their own works of art. They may choose from a variety of crafts, including mixed media, collage, rock painting, thumb print art, and cardboard tube creations. We hope to have local artisans on site working on their own projects, plus face painting and food trucks. We hope you will join us for an artistic afternoon during ASTRA 2016.