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2016 Annual Arts Council Awards

Arts Council’s 47th Annual Art Awards

Eleven Wichita individuals, cultural organizations and businesses will be recognized for their work to further the growth and development of arts in the Wichita area during the 47th annual Art Awards dinner, sponsored by Westar Energy, Corporate Caterers, the Arts Council and the City of Wichita. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. A complete list of award winners is included below.

The festivities will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will follow. Tickets are $60 per person or $750 for a reserved table of 10 (wine included). Tickets are on sale at WichitaTIX.com or at the WichitaTIX box office in the Concert Hall entrance of Century II.

The 2016 Art Awards recipients are:

• Arts Advocate – Individual: Armando Minjarez
Given to an individual or couple dedicated to furthering the cause of an art form or the arts in general through promotional, volunteer, administrative, legislative or professional efforts.

• Arts Advocate Group or Business: Planet Hair
An organization or business dedicated to furthering the cause of an art form or the arts in general through promotional, volunteer, administrative, legislative or professional efforts.

• Arts Educator: Nick Johnson
Given to an individual who has devoted a career to teaching the arts in an educational environment.

• Arts Organization: Heart of America Men’s Chorus
Given to a public, not-for-profit organization that presents or provides arts opportunities to the Wichita community and region.

• Burton Pell Award: Lynne Davis
A new award created in memory of Mr. Pell a long time member and past president of the Arts Council. It will be given to an outstanding individual in music.

• Individual Artist: Thomas Douglas
Given to an artist actively working in such categories as Choreography, Music Composition, Film/Video, Theatre, Interdisciplinary/ Performance Art, Two-Dimensional Visual Art and/or Three-Dimensional Visual Art, who has shown outstanding achievement.

• Special Project: Redbud Bike Path
Given to a neighborhood, business, corporation or group that has provided support for a single event or project.

• Youth Recognition: Evan Schelton
Given to a high school and/or middle school student who has shown outstanding achievement and development in the arts.

• Chris Cherches Award: Wichita Art Museum “Art Garden”
An award presented by the Design Council to honor excellence in public art. The award is in honor of Chris Cherches, Wichita’s city manager for 18 years, who was a strong advocate for the arts in this community.

• Gordon W. Evans Award: Sondra Langel
Given to a patron demonstrating outstanding leadership and special support for the arts.

An additional award, the Sculpture WalkAbout Award of Excellence, will be awarded to Ed Langston for his sculpture, “Bernie’s Bird”.


FURTHER ASSISTANCE
For further assistance or information in preparing this form, contact Bernadette Bradshaw, (316) 303-8663 or bbradshaw@wichita.gov

List of Award Winners of past Art Awards Ceremony 2015

Sculpture WalkAbout

The inspiration for Wichita’s Sculpture WalkAbout can be attributed to past Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and local arts supporter Dora Timmerman-Bayer. It is a yearlong sculpture exhibition of the region’s premier three-dimensional artists. The Arts Council’s WalkAbout committee, in cooperation with the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County, oversees the project with support from private sponsors.

Sponsors (2016 – 2017)

Fidelity Charities
Dr. Alan & Sharon Fearey
Project Beauty
TCK – The Trust Company of Kansas
Arts Council
City of Wichita
Sedgwick County

2016-2017 Pocket Book

March 19th Mayoral Candidate Forum

ON BEHALF OF THE ARTS COUNCIL

Wichita’s mayoral candidates already shared their opinions about the arts. Now it’s time to hear from all of the finalists for Mayor and City Council Districts (Districts 2, 4 and 5) at a Thursday, March 19 Candidate Forum sponsored by the Arts Council. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. for a reception; the forum will start at 6 p.m. in Century II’s Mary Jane Teall Theater (225 W. Douglas). We encourage you to forward this information to your friends, co-workers and fellow arts supporters. A strong turnout from the arts community will send a loud message to the candidates that the arts matter in Wichita, We all have a stake in Wichita’s quality of life!

The Candidate Forum is intended to be a resource for voters who are interested in finding out where candidates stand on arts and culture issues that impact Wichita. That is why we need your input. What arts and culture-related questions do you have for the City Council candidates? This is a critical and challenging time for arts and culture programs in Wichita, and candidates need to be able to answer the tough questions. We want to have a productive dialogue, so please be sure to write your questions in a courteous manner.

You can send them to us on Facebook and Twitter using #ArtsMatterICT or e-mail them to jessica.stclair@gmail.com.

National Endowment for the Arts

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Video Screen Grant

The Arts Council has a received a $5,000 grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. This generous grant will support the purchase of a video screen for CityArts to display information about exhibits, events, CityArts classes and other community arts and cultural events. This screen will help create a more interactive and visually-appealing environment in CityArts and will provide opportunities to share relevant information with CityArts visitors to promote our community’s many artistic and cultural offerings.
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Arts Council Names 2013 Award Recipients

Each year, the Arts Council honors individuals, foundations and businesses that have made significant contributions to the arts in the Wichita area.  The 2013 recipients are:

Chris Shank — Gordon W. Evans Award given to a patron demonstrating outstanding leadership and special support for the arts.

Joan Cole – Arts Advocate/Individual given to an individual dedicated to furthering the cause of the arts in general through promotional, volunteer, administrative, legislative and professional efforts.

St. James Episcopal Church – Arts Advocate/Group given to an organization dedicated to furthering the cause of an art form specifically through its Guild Hall Players, its After-School Program featuring an arts-based curriculum, its annual Art a la Carte, and its three choirs.

Bluebird Arthouse – Business Award given to a business providing broad-based and continued support of the arts through its operation.

Exploration Place – Special Project Award given for its Star Wars Exhibit.

Aimee Geist – Arts Educator Award given to an individual who has devoted a career to instruction in the arts in an educational environment (the Ulrich at WSU).

Babs Mellor – Special Recognition/Individual Award given for outstanding contributions to the arts through her vast body of work and her instruction in sculpture spanning 40 years.

Theatre League – Special Recognition/Organization Award given for the important economic impact of the presentation of “The Lion King.”

Julianne McLean – Burton Pell Award given to an outstanding individual in music.

Friends of WAM – Arts Organization Award given to a public, not-for profit organization that provides arts opportunities to the Wichita community and region.

Curt Clonts – Individual Artist Award given to an artist actively working in one of the arts who has shown outstanding achievement.

Daniel Debolt – Youth Recognition Award given to a high school or middle school student who has shown outstanding achievement and development in the arts.

 

MKEC Engineering Consultants, Inc. – Chris Cherches Award given for outstanding work on a public works project.  This award is presented for the Lincoln Street Bridge and Dam project.

 

 The art awards will be presented at a gala banquet on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel Grand Ballroom, 400 W. Douglas.   A reception and dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. with the awards program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend.  Tickets are $50 each or $450 for a table of 10.  Seating is open with the exception of the reserved tables.  Tickets may be ordered through Nov. 4 at www.wichitatix.com or by calling 316-219-4849.