Those who value the arts’ power to enrich and define Wichita should join the fundraising for 38 participating nonprofit organizations during Friday’s ICT Art Day of Giving.
The Wichita Community Foundation, the Arts Council, the Knight Foundation and Razoo are sponsors of the inaugural ArtDOG. The groups will be eligible for matching dollars based on donations made during the 24-hour giving period. To contribute, go to artdayofgiving.razoo.com from 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. Friday.
It will be a prime time to endorse a favorite group with a few dollars contributed online or in person, or to enjoy festivities all over town, including at museums, universities and theaters. A Big Tent Celebration will feature performances from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in Old Town Square in front of CityArts, 334 N. Mead. For a full schedule, which will augment the usual Final Friday events, go to wichitacf.org.
As Sharon Fearey, president of the Arts Council and a former Wichita City Council member, told the Sedgwick County Commission last week: “This is a great opportunity for people in our community to support the arts. It is strictly a grassroots effort and can mean so much to every art organization, from those who operate on the smallest budget to those who have the million-dollar budget.”
Strong private support for culture and attractions also has become more crucial in Wichita, Sedgwick County and Kansas generally in recent years, given the drastically curtailed investment of public dollars in the arts at the state level.
With a lot of help from citizens, Wichita’s arts community can demonstrate Friday that the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts.