Land-Based Arts

Good Way Gardens is a land-based arts organization that helps people reconnect to the earth through art.

Good Way Sundays are held on the first Sunday of each month at the Richard Howe House, 315 E Broadway Emporia, KS. Lyon County History Center is generously sharing this property with GWG.

Good Way Sundays are all-ages, free community art events inviting attendees to enjoy musical performances and engage in hands-on art projects with natural materials and natural environments.

We also host a community garden space on-site that serves as an educational space promoting native plants in backyard spaces.

Our Mission

Good Way Sunday October 2023 by Lifeleak Visuals

Good Way Gardens was founded in 2023 by Elexa Dawson to combine her love for music, land, and community organizing, in pursuit of what she calls in Potawatomi mno bmadzewen, life lived in a good way.

Good Way Gardens’ mission is to produce family-friendly, accessible events and cultivate a garden venue, with big-picture goals of connecting people to their roots in the earth and creating a culture of sustainability in Emporia.

Art thrives in reciprocal relationships with the natural world. Good Way believes it is the right and responsibility of all beings to return to the earth for our original instructions as people, to live in a way that respects all life. By combining plants and music, Good Way Gardens offers the community a venue for connection to land through arts.


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We're raising native vegetable varieties, prairie, and pollinator plants for our on-site garden and distribution to our community partners.


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Community-centered, all-ages entertainment, including live music, arts, and land-based activities. Always looking for partnerships!

Join us at the Howe House

Good Way has partnered with the Lyon County Historical Center to bring gardens and outdoor community arts activities to the Howe House at 315 E Logan Ave in Emporia, Kansas almost always each first Sunday of each month, March through October.

Historical Howe House at 315 E Logan Ave in Emporia, Kansas.

Our Community Supporters

Good Way Gardens is a fund of Emporia Community Foundation

The Emporia Community Foundation (ECF) connects the diverse citizens and communities of Lyon and its six contiguous counties through the charitable actions of a variety of funds established for the purpose of bettering the lives of individuals within its communities. As a 501c3 Foundation, the ECF continues the traditional Kansas heritage of providing nonprofit service and supporting the charitable giving requests of donors who wish to enrich the quality of life of local citizens. ECF represents the Kansas counties of Lyon, Chase, Greenwood, Morris, Osage, Coffey and Wabaunsee.