Because the Arts Council was mentioned in a Dec. 4 Eagle article regarding the performing arts study commissioned for our city, some have wondered who we are and what we do in the community. The Arts Council is the focal point for coordinating the visibility and promotion of the cultural arts in Wichita. In other words, we are in the business of making art happen.
Although we work closely with the city’s Division of Arts and Cultural Services, we are a stand-alone nonprofit organization whose mission statement is “to advance and promote arts and culture in the Wichita community through advocacy, leadership, education and collaboration.”
In fulfilling our mission we award grants to artists, allowing them to prepare their works; sponsor events for artists and arts organizations educating them on the business of art; award scholarships for CityArts classes; underwrite concerts in the downtown area; work closely with the Wichita City Council to coordinate operating agreements with the major cultural institutions in Wichita; sponsor the annual Art Awards to recognize people for outstanding support of the arts; and host www.wichitaarts.com as a go-to site for arts.
In advocating for all of the arts in Wichita, we are using money we have raised and our expertise to assist in assuring that the performing arts are represented as work moves forward on Century II. We were included in the selection process of the consultant and will be paying for the study along with Go Wichita, Music Theatre of Wichita and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. This is integral in our business of making art happen.