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Arts Save Cities

Arts Save Cities

The Arts Council believes that Arts Save Cities. We also believe: 

In Advocating for Public Art & Aesthetics
As one of the nation’s 50 largest cities, The Arts Council advocates for the importance of developing a public art program that ensures art and artists are as a part of the City’s public amenities design plans as the team of architects and engineers to enhance quality of life experiences throughout our city.

In Quality of Life Experiences for all Wichita Citizens
Quality of Life must incorporate the arts, beyond merely their aesthetic functions, in order to create a vibrant, inclusive and diverse community that fosters civic pride and participation, stimulates the economy, attracts tourists, revitalizes neighborhoods and addresses social problems. The arts must exist throughout civic structure – from youth programs and crime prevention to job training and race relations. The arts cross all quality of life boundaries to lift our community to a place of well-being for all citizens.

In Elected Offcials who Champion Arts and Culture in Wichita
The Arts Council will continue to be supportive of elected officials who foster the link between economic development and a thriving arts and cultural community. We will continue to identify appropriate times to speak at Council meetings in order to offer our recommendations and fulfill our responsibility documented in the current City of Wichita Cultural Plan to be the focal point on arts and cultural issues.

In Partnerships…

We offer our Arts Organization and Artist membership as an easy way to form partnerships and provide a united front – bringing arts/quality of life awareness and projects to everyone in our community.

…and Advocating for our Partners

As an Arts Organization or Artist member, be prepared to join a dedicated, passionate group of members who advocate for local arts organizations and artists and support special artist projects and events.

Learn more about Arts Council memberships and become a member today!

Sculpture WalkAbout

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… Continue Reading

2017-2018 Arts Council Membership Campaign

2017-2018 Arts Council Membership Campaign

Become an Arts Council Member & Take Pride in YOUR Local Arts!  Join at the $250 level and your membership benefits include tickets to the Annual Art Awards, the first Thursday in November. View the membership levels below to learn more. Be a SUPER HERO – $750 Membership offers emailed throughout the year (e.g. discount… Continue Reading

Feature: Prairie Vistas Gallery

Feature: Prairie Vistas Gallery

John Morrison has lived in Wichita for more than 30 years, and has long admired its landscape. In the early 2000’s, Morrison started photographing the Kansas landscape. “Contrary to the opinion of some, the Kansas landscape is extremely varied, though it does not shout for attention,” he says.  In 2005 he opened Prairie Vistas Gallery… Continue Reading

Feature: Wichita Symphony Orchestra

Feature: Wichita Symphony Orchestra

During WWII there was a nationwide call to create symphony orchestras in cities and regional hubs across the US to bring cheer to the communities, and ultimately their returning troops. Prominent musicians and WSU partners in the Wichita Community met and founded the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in 1944. The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is one of… Continue Reading