The ICT Art Day of Giving (aka ArtDOG) is back for a second year to raise awareness and money for the arts in Wichita over a single 24-hour period. The Arts Council is proud to be one of ArtDOG’s 55 participating nonprofit arts organizations. Donations can be made through ICTArtDOG.org beginning at 12:01 a.m. this Friday, April 24 and ending at 11:59 p.m. Money donated to the Arts Council will go toward making art happen in the community through advocacy efforts and initiatives such as artist grants, youth and adult scholarships at CityArts, the Sculpture WalkAbout and the annual Art Awards.
“Art Day of Giving is a unique opportunity to support the art organizations of your choice,” said Arts Council President Arlen Hamilton. “Join us in funding those who entertain, inspire and enrich our community. Your support for groups who make our city a great place to live and love is an investment in our future.”
To add to the celebration and remind the public to make donations during ArtDOG, the Arts Council is presenting “Art is Happening” activities and performances from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. in Old Town Square just outside of CityArts’ doors at 334 N. Mead. The activities, which are free and open to the public, include:
- Performances by the ARISE Ensemble, Newman University’s “The Time Traveler,” Opera Kansas, Music Theatre for Young People, Mid-America All-Indian Center, the Griots Storytelling Institute and more;
- Launch of “I Make Art Happen” or I(MAH), an innovative year-round community campaign to spread awareness of the arts;
- Invitation to visit the I(MAH) photo booth; and
- Demonstrations by talented painters.
All ArtDOG donations are tax deductible, and each donor will receive a charitable contribution receipt by e-mail. ArtDOG is a project of the Wichita Community Foundation.
Since 1999, The Arts Council has worked in partnership with the City of Wichita to achieve its mission of advancing and promoting arts and culture in the Wichita community through advocacy, leadership, education and collaboration. The Arts Council slogan “We Make Art Happen” reinforces the group’s commitment to the business side of the arts and spreading the word that arts and culture is a $66.2 million industry in Wichita that creates 2,006 jobs and generates $6.5 million in local/state government revenue. To learn more about the value of the arts to the Wichita community, visit WichitaArts.com.