Last updated: May 11, 2022

At ArtisTree, we build, root, educate, enhance, produce, inspire, create, respect, respond, and nurture thinking individuals.
Dance Branch Live at the Forum

Our Roots

ArtisTree is an idea whose seed was planted more than 80 years ago outside New York City. The entire story of ArtisTree was celebrated in our 25th Jubilee annual production, SilverTree at the Fox Theatre in 2004.

Since 1977, ArtisTree, formerly Andrews Dance Studio 3100 and Toddler Tree Preschool, has been growing as a complete performing arts idea. From the youngest child through adults, every student receives quality instruction from qualified instructors emphasizing proper technique and the development of individual talents. The heart of our educational philosophy is expressed in our Plan for Dance.

Our Home

ArtisTree at 116 S. Main St.

Housed in the Forum, two adjacent historical buildings in downtown Hutchinson, Kansas, ArtisTree was founded in 1998 as a Main Street model for integrating arts, education, and entertainment for a richer community life.

ArtisTree is also home of the Prairie Nutcracker©, a favorite Hutchinson biennial holiday tradition and heartwarming tribute to the prairie spirit.


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Articles about ArtisTree staff and dancer achievements as well as ArtisTree's annual shows, community performances, Fox Theatre Informances, New York City tours for ArtisTree dancers, Prairie Nutcracker and other special events may be found online at and also enjoyed via hard copy from ArtisTree's annual albums displayed during dance class times in ArtisTree's lobby.

Articles listed are only through May 2001. For these articles and any since 2001, go to The Hutchinson News and search for ArtisTree (will not include photos).

  • Friday, May 25, 2001 - Audubon production takes flight
  • Sunday, May 6, 2001 - A grand leap forward
  • Friday, March 30, 2001 - The language of dance
  • Friday, March 23, 2001 - Arts bond Lyons family
  • Friday, February 23, 2001 - A passion for music
  • Friday, February 9, 2001 - Emily Skala's love of ballet was nurtured
  • Sunday, December 10, 2000 - Taking a leap of faith
  • Friday, December 8, 2000 - A dream-come-true production comes to life on the Kansas prairie
  • Friday, December 8, 2000 - Costume constructors creatively take on job of making costumes
  • Friday, December 8, 2000 - Fiddler's work on 'Prairie Nutcracker' is 'about as good as it gets'
  • Saturday, April 15, 2000 - Hutch could be 2nd 'City of Lights' by Betsie Andrews
  • Friday, March 3, 2000 - One-woman show, 'Lilia!,' comes to Hutchinson
  • Friday, February 25, 2000 - Folk rock performer to bring musical inspirations to Hutch
  • Saturday, February 19, 2000 - Acting program aims at getting children to think
  • Wednesday, February 16, 2000 - City has vision of Hutch in '07
  • Friday, January 28, 2000 - Choreographers for the Millennium Follies help novice dancers put their best feet forward
  • Monday, January 10, 2000 - ArtWorks travels around the world vicariously with local student