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Celebrate Salt and Art with Rice County Community Foundation


By the Rice County Community Foundation


LYONS, Kan. — The Rice County Community Foundation is thrilled to announce the completion of the Salt & Art project, a vibrant celebration of our town’s rich history and collaborative spirit. This incredible endeavor was made possible thanks to the remarkable teamwork and support from various groups and individuals.

Collaboration at its Finest:

  • The Office of Rural Prosperity and Kansas Department of Commerce provided the essential Rural Art grant.
  • The City of Lyons played a pivotal role as the applicant for the project and provided payment management.
  • Alicia Hommon’s dedication as a volunteer facilitated and managed the grant process seamlessly.
  • Talented artists Yasmine Maskil and Kristy Battershell brought their creative vision to life.
  • Lyons Salt graciously provided matching funds and the salt mine cars and brought them up from the mine, a cornerstone of our town’s identity. Special thanks to Nathan Steele! 
  • Compass Minerals stepped up with matching funds, demonstrating their commitment to community enhancement.
  • M&M Pipeline’s expertise ensured each salt mine car was sandblasted and primed to perfection.
  •  Brody Miller, Stuart Miller, Chris Joranco, and the City of Lyons Parks Department for transportation of the salt mine cars
  • Rice County Community Foundation assisted with logistics and supported the grant application. 

A Special Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors:

Salt & Art RCCF Lyons Collaboration
Pride Ag Ace Hardware’s project. See more photos online at

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the businesses whose sponsorship made this project a reality:

  • Celebration Centre
  • Rice Community Health
  • K-State Research and Extension
  • Pride Ag Ace Hardware
  • The Lumberyard on 56
  • Tory Tipp State Farm
  • Ludwig Family Chiropractic
  • USD 405
  • Leon and Paula Boyea

Thank You, Lyons Community!

We are immensely proud of what can be achieved when so many groups come together with a shared vision. The Salt & Art project not only adds a splash of color and creativity to our town but also serves as a testament to our strong history and the power of collaboration.

Please join us to celebrate this accomplishment with a Lyons Chamber of Commerce Ribbon cutting hosted by RCCF and the City of Lyons on May 10th at 10 am at Salty Archer Field at Lyons High School. 

Come and admire the stunning results of this collective effort! Let’s continue to cultivate creativity and community spirit in Lyons.