Arts Council Receives Grant from Wichita Community Foundation

Wichita based Arts Council, Inc. is pleased to announce the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to kick start a volunteer-driven group geared towards protecting and advancing our community’s quality of life.

Quality of life is a viable economic development tool that focuses on the collective good of public investment, personal involvement, and a sense of community. This grant will provide the resources needed to educate the community about the value of arts and cultural programs in the Wichita metropolitan area. Funds will be used to gather community input, data, consulting and societal engagement, as we work towards a coalition of arts, humanities, cultural, social, and civic organizations to speak with one voice in the community.

“Arts Council is thrilled the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation is supporting the goal of protecting and advancing our community’s quality of life. A region’s quality of life is critical to a thriving, growing society, and directly affects our personal health, comfort, and happiness,” said Arts Council President Arlen Hamilton. “This grant will be used to further research and then educate our community on how we all contribute and benefit from a collective investment in health, education, arts, culture, and recreation.”

Five grants were awarded to local nonprofit organizations by the Wichita Community Foundation to promote civic innovation, better connect residents to the city and each other and keep and attract talented workers. Through Wichita Community Foundation’s partnership with the Knight Foundation, dollars are invested each year to help build a more successful community.

About the Arts Council, Inc.
The Arts Council was officially designated by City of Wichita in 1999 to serve as the focal point for coordinating and promoting the visibility of all cultural arts throughout the community. Working closely with the City’s Department of Arts and Cultural Services, its mission is to advance and promote arts and culture in the Wichita community through advocacy, leadership, education and collaboration. To learn more about the Arts Council, please visit

About the Wichita Community Foundation
Founded in 1986, the Wichita Community Foundation’s mission is to be the catalyst that creates lasting legacies by partnering with people, families, and organizations to devote resources to causes that matter. The Foundation is a public nonprofit organization with nearly 300 charitable funds and agency endowments, representing $70 million. For more information, visit or call 316-264-4880.