Given the growing concerns around COVID-19, the Arts Council’s Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel what would have been the 51st Annual Art Awards. This was a tough call to make – this event is one of our favorite ways to honor deserving artists and art advocates and to celebrate the many ways art impacts the Wichita community, from education to entertainment, economic development, and everything in between.
In lieu of the in-person Art Awards this year, we are committing the budget for our annual event to support local artists during these trying times. In addition, we are thrilled to announce that $25,500 has been pledged as matching funds for the Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund. WCERF provides rapid response, need-based grants to independent artists, musicians, performers and others who work in a creative capacity and whose livelihoods have been impacted by the current public health crisis.
We hope that you will join with the Arts Council in supporting this important effort to aid our creative community. To take full advantage of these matching dollars, we must raise the same by November 5 for a total of $51,000 on what would have been Wichita’s 51st Annual Art Awards!
Local artist Wade Hampton has created a custom illustration (you can see a sneak peek in the “51” above) that may be downloaded with your donation of $50 or more. Wade asked that his fee be donated to WCERF, to get us started off right!