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Consultants launch online survey on future of Wichita performing arts

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at 2:06 p.m.

The future of performing arts in Wichita is the subject of a new online survey launched this week.

Consultants for the city’s performing arts assessment have opened a survey at WichitaArts.com to gauge the interest of organizations and artists in Century II – or perhaps a potential new arts center.

“Survey responses are critical to the success of this assessment,” Arts Council president Sharon Fearey said in a statement. “We need as many responses as possible and encourage the arts community to spread the word.”

All responses received by Feb. 12 will be incorporated.

The assessment is being done by AMS Planning and Research for the Arts and Entertainment Industries, South Port, Conn., and its partner Fisher Dachs Associates, New York. It is funded through a partnership between the Arts Council, Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, Music Theatre of Wichita, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Wichita Grand Opera.

Responses will be used by the consultants to determine whether Wichita has a market for a new arts facility, or whether Century II can be renovated for the arts.

The performing arts assessment is a part of a comprehensive planning process to measure the city’s ability to draw arts events to bolster tourism and the local economy.

Arts and culture is a $66.2 million local industry in Wichita, according to figures from Go Wichita, producing 2,006 jobs and $6.5 million in revenues to local and state governments.

Reach Bill Wilson at 316-268-6290 or bwilson@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @bwilsoneagle.

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