ArtDOG events continue to fetch funds in their third year

“Tarzan: The Musical” will be performed by Christian Youth Theatre Wichita as part of ArtDOG.
“Tarzan: The Musical” will be performed by Christian Youth Theatre Wichita as part of ArtDOG. Courtesy photo

Every dog has its day, and this year that day for Wichita-area arts groups is April 29.

The third annual Art Day of Giving, or ArtDOG, is a 24-hour period sponsored by the Wichita Community Foundation to raise awareness and funds for local cultural organizations.

“It’s becoming a process that people are getting really comfortable with,” said Courtney Bengtson, director of strategic initiatives for the Wichita Community Foundation. “We’ve made some small tweaks, but for the most part everything is going to stay really similar to what it has been in the past couple of years.”

From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Friday, contributors can go online to ICTArtDog.org to pledge money to any of 57 nonprofit arts organizations – an increase of two from last year – or give to a general fund that will be split among the groups.

Last year’s ArtDOG raised $1,178,100, more than double the amount from 2014’s inaugural run. That amount included a single gift of $370,000 to the Wichita Public Library Foundation.

“When we started this program, we really didn’t know how it was going to take off,” Bengtson said. “Obviously the dollar amount that we raised has increased over the two years, but despite whatever the number is at the end, it’s just to raise awareness of what’s available in Wichita through arts organizations and broaden their donor bases as well.”

Besides the money raised online, organizations can also be the recipient of one of 12 “Golden Tickets” to be given away by the community foundation every other hour.

The foundation is spreading the word about the groups, which range from all-volunteer organizations to those with full-time marketing staffs, and what they do.

“We hope to help those organizations make themselves known,” Bengston said.

Several organizations have fun-and-fundraising events to go along with ArtDOG, including the Tallgrass Film Association’s “serial movie screening” of director Barry Levinson’s 1997 political satire “Wag the Dog.” In the movie, a spin doctor (played by Robert De Niro) teams with a Hollywood producer (Dustin Hoffman) to divert the public’s attention from a presidential political scandal.

“We’ve been on a political satire kick with some of our other events this year,” Nick Pope, Tallgrass director of operations and programming, said of the election-year choice. “We thought ‘Wag the Dog’ during ArtDOG was a great thing to do.”

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, movie fans and supporters can gather at Central Standard Brewing for $1.50 beer specials and to watch the first third of the movie. Movie fans can then walk or take a “campaign bus” to the Anchor for the middle third of the movie and the same $1.50 beer special, finishing up at the Monarch. The cost is a suggested $15 donation.

“It’s a great way for us to get the word out and raise a little money for the organization,” Pope said.

Pope said Tallgrass enjoys being among the company of other creators in the Wichita area.

“It’s great to be a part of a day where there’s a lot of things happening in Wichita,” he said. “To have our name recognized along with Wichita Art Museum and Music Theatre (Wichita) and the other arts organizations in attendance is a lot of fun.”

Bengtson said the “Day of Giving” concept was the idea of the national organization of community foundations, but the local group narrowed it down to the arts emphasis.

“We kind of put our own Wichita twist on it and decided to focus on the arts,” she said. “It seems to be a great success, and people are really looking forward to that day.”

ArtDOG Events

Here are some of the events scheduled for April 29 in connection with the third annual ArtDOG. Many of the events are free with donations encouraged. For more information, go to ICTArtDOG.org.

▪ Kids Day Out workshop (6-11 years), 9 a.m. to noon, Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Fee: $30.

▪ Fun, Doggone It (children and adults), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wichita Center for the Arts

▪ Violinist Jenny Clayton, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Watermark Books and Cafe, 4701 E. Douglas

▪ Asian Culinary Arts, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Spice Merchant, 1308 E. Douglas

▪ Wichita Symphony Orchestra, noon to 1 p.m. Stop by the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park at 121 E. Douglas and conduct the musicians in excerpts of Mozart.

▪ Open (Ware)house, 4-7 p.m., Music Theatre Wichita, 1012 N. Washington. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the theater’s warehouse filled with costumes, props and sets from more than 70 shows.

▪ Wichita Public Schools Art Exhibit & Reception, 4:30-6 p.m., Century II Concert Hall lobby, 225 W. Douglas

▪ Newman University Senior Show, 5-7 p.m., Hallway Gallery, De Mattias Fine Arts Center, 3100 McCormick

▪ “Human Animal” by artist Allyson Glenn, 5-7 p.m., Steckline Gallery, Newman University, 3100 McCormick

▪ “Herb & Dorothy,” a documentary about a postal worker and his librarian wife who built a world-class art exhibit, 5-7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway

▪ A retrospective of artwork by Cecil McAlister, with music by guitarist Jerry Hahn, 5-7 p.m., Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main

▪ Music Theatre for Young People’s “Music Man” Block Party, 5-7 p.m., in front of Mary Jane Teall Theater, Century II

▪ Emerald City Chorus Sweet Adelines International, 6-9 p.m., Salon Teased, 916 E. Douglas

▪ ArtDOG Music Fest, 6-8 p.m., Art of Faith Gallery, InterFaith Ministries, 829 N. Market

▪ Graduate Exhibit, Spray Paint Mural and Button Making Event, 6-10 p.m., Wichita State University ShiftSpace Gallery, 416 S. Commerce

▪ Open House, 6-9 p.m., MakeICT, 1500 E. Douglas

▪ Blue Jean Recital and Flute Petting Zoo, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Larksfield Place, 2828 N. Governeour

▪ Zepick Modern Opera Competition Debut by Opera Kansas, 7-9 p.m., Oeno Wine Bar, 330 N. Mead

▪ Chamber Music, 7-8 p.m., Moxi Junction, 319 S. Park Ave., Maize

▪ College Hill Pipe Organ Crawl by American Guild of Organists, 7-10 p.m., College Hill United Methodist Church, St. James Episcopal Church and Grace Presbyterian Church

▪ Neighborhood Superstar audio/visual, 7-10 p.m., Fisch Haus, 524 S. Commerce

▪ ARISE Ensemble, 7-8 p.m., Unity Church of Wichita, 2160 N. Oliver

▪ “Tarzan: The Musical” by Christian Youth Theatre Wichita, 7-10 p.m., Isely Traditional Magnet Elementary School, 5256 N. Woodlawn Blvd., Bel Air. Tickets are $12-$14 at the door.

▪ Newman University Chorale and Troubadours, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Newman University Performance Hall

▪ George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, 8-11 p.m., the Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg Drive. Tickets: $35 day of show.