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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 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”.

For further assistance or information in preparing this form, contact Bernadette Bradshaw, (316) 303-8663 or

List of Award Winners of past Art Awards Ceremony 2015

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Ballet Wichita 125 N Market, Suite 1531 Wichita, KS 67202 Contact: Barbara Chamberlin Phone: (316) 687-5880 Studio Phone: (316) 692-8449 E-mail: Web Site: Friends University Ballet 2100 University Wichita, KS 67213 Contact: Stan Rogers Phone: (316) 295-5848 Fax: (316) 295-5593 E-mail: Web Site: Wichita Grand Opera – Century II Concert Hall 225 W. Douglas Wichita, KS… Continue Reading