Join us at the 48th annual Art Awards on Nov. 2

Celebrate the one-of-a-kind arts and culture that make the Wichita region memorable.

Nine Wichita area 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 48th annual Art Awards dinner, held by the Arts Council and sponsored by Westar Energy, Culinary Catering, and the City of Wichita. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2 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 and a cash bar will follow. The awards ceremony will commence at 6:30 p.m. with performances by local musicians and artists throughout the evening.

When: November 2, 2017
Where: Century II Convention Hall, 225 W. Douglas

5:30 PM: Doors Open
6:00 PM: Dinner begins
6:30 PM: Awards program
8:30 PM: Event Concludes

Tickets are $60 per person or $750 for a reserved table of 10 (includes complimentary wine). Tickets are on sale at WichitaTIX.com or at the WichitaTIX box office in the Concert Hall entrance of Century II.


This Year’s Honorees:
Gordan W. Evans Award: Dr. Dennis & Ann Ross
Arts Organization: Northeast Area Strings Academy of Wichita (NASAW)
Arts Advocate – Individual: Colby Sandlian
Burton Pell Award: Dr. Jay Decker
Individual Artist: Rob Simon
Special Project: The Miro Project, Ulrich Museum
Arts Educator: Mary Sue Foster
Arts Advocate Group or Business: Trish Higgins
Youth Recognition: Zoe Corrigan
Chris Cherches Award: Eisenhower Airport Project, City of Wichita Airport Authority

View a list of award descriptions below.

History of the Art Awards
The Wichita/Sedgwick County Arts and Humanities Council established the Annual Arts Council Awards in 1969 to recognize and honor those businesses, foundations and individuals who have displayed consistent and exemplary support of the arts and humanities in Wichita/Sedgwick County. These awards focus attention on the importance of the arts as they relate to the quality of life in Wichita/Sedgwick County and honor those who have made major creative achievements or significant contributions to cultural growth or development.

Award Categories

  • Gordon W. Evans Award – Given to a patron demonstrating outstanding leadership and special support for the arts.
  • Arts Organization – Given to a public, not-for-profit organization that presents or provides arts opportunities to the Wichita community and region.
  • Special Project – Given to a neighborhood, business, corporation or group that has provided support for a single event or project.
  • Arts Educator – Given to an individual who has devoted a career to teaching the arts in an educational environment.
  • Arts Advocate/Individual – 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– 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.
  • Individual Artist – 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.
  • Youth Recognition Award – Given to a high school and/or middle school student who has shown outstanding achievement and development in the arts.
  • Burton Pell Award – 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.

Past Art Award Winners

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

2017 City of Wichita Developing Arts Grant Application

Developing Arts Grant Program

Grant awards will not exceed $10,000.

The Developing Arts Grant Program (DAG) provides funding support to small and/or developing cultural groups with annual organizational budgets under $50,000 that create, present or produce year-round cultural activities and arts programs in Wichita, KS at the grassroots level.

Matching Funds
The DAG program is a competitive matching challenge grant. Successful applicants are requirement to match the funds received on a one-to-one basis. In-kind donations will qualify for this match.

Allowable Expenditures

  • Funding for workshops, seminars, conferences and professional consultations including fees, registrations, required support materials and travel.
  • Website, social media and marketing development including professional and consultation fees.
  • Computer/hardware/software purchases up to $2,000.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • The 2017 Developing Arts Grant application process is open to all arts and cultural organizations which are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that serve the citizens of the City of Wichita and that are not categorized as “Cultural Institutions” which are defined by the Cultural Arts Plan as arts and cultural organizations with operations and activities that are owned and/or operated by the City of Wichita.
  • Organizations that are approved for funding will expend Developing Arts funds in 2017.
  • Arts and cultural organizations which have a total operating budget for the last fiscal year that is $50,000 or less are eligible.
  • The process is open to arts and cultural organizations with a two (2) year track record of creating, producing or presenting year-round cultural programs and activities.
  • The organization must present a full season of exhibitions or performances.
  • The primary purpose of the organization (based on mission statement) must be to produce or present arts or cultural programs.
  • The organization must have full-time professional and artistic staff.
  • 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations’ mission statements must have within their core mission a central art focus that has the following definition as an art and cultural organization: “An organization that provides education and artistic leadership to the public through the production, exhibition, advancement or preservation of visual or performing art, literature, film, science, natural or cultural history.”
  • Applicants who question their eligibility should request a determination from Cultural Funding Committee prior to January 15, 2016 by calling Division of Arts and Cultural staff to set an appointment at (316) 303-8663.
  • Applicants must be ADA compliant and an equal opportunity employer and applicants must comply with all applicable requirements of the City of Wichita Revised Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment /Affirmative Action Program Requirements Statement for Contracts or Agreements. Call Division of Arts & Cultural Services staff at (316) 303-8663 for ADA compliance information and resources.

TOOLS and TIPS

  • An eligible organization may submit only one application each year.
  • Read the ENTIRE application and follow instructions.

IMPORTANT DATES
December 18, 2015 – Application is posted on website and available to organizations. Visit www.wichitaarts.com or www.wichita.gov (click on “Grants and Services) or call the Division of Arts and Cultural Services, Century II Administrative Offices, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS, 67202, and (316) 303-8663.

Friday, February 19, 2016, 5 p.m. – Deadline for FY2017 Developing Arts Application submission.

Friday, February 26, 2016 – Committee members will pick up Developing Arts applications for review.

Developing Arts Grant Applicant Workshops
ALL applicants for Developing Arts grants are encouraged to contact staff at the Division of Arts and Cultural Services to review changes to the application.
For more information call the Division of Arts & Cultural Services at (316) 303-8663.

Submitting the Application
The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., February 19, 2016. All applications must be received by this date and time. Mail or hand-deliver applications to: The Division of Arts and Cultural Services, Century II Administrative Offices, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202

  • Each organization must submit 12 copies of the entire application including all IRS 990 forms (complete public copy; as submitted to the IRS if applicable) and other financial materials.
  • Do not STAPLE or BIND applications. PLEASE USE BINDER CLIPS ONLY!!
  • Use an Arial, 12-point or larger font, and one (1) inch margins. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.
  • Applicants are solely responsible for the completeness of their applications. Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed. Some information requested in the application may not be available or may not pertain to your organization. If this is the case, please make note where appropriate.
  • Mechanical reproductions of the form are acceptable, provided that the applicant does not significantly reduce or enlarge the original application.

Review Process
Complete applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Cultural Funding Committee (CFC). Recommendations from the sub-committee will be reviewed and final recommendations for funding will be determined by the entire CFC.
The recommendations of the Cultural Funding Committee will be presented to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager for review and consideration. If the recommendation for funding is approved, individual contracts with organizations will be drafted by Division of Art and Cultural Services staff and approved by the City Council for the Fiscal Year 2017 budget year.
Please contact the Division of Arts & Cultural Services staff at (316) 303-8663 if you have questions.

Reports and Audits

  • Organizations will be required to submit year-end reports along with receipts to show how the funding was spent.
  • City funding may be audited and organizations may be asked to provide additional financial information related to City funding received at any time.

Download the Developing Arts Grant Application

2017 City of Wichita Artist Access Grants

The Artist Access Grant Program

The Artist Access Grants Program is designed to assist practicing, professional and emerging artists residing in Wichita, Kansas. The program provides support for artists to take advantage of specific and exceptional professional development, skill-building opportunities to advance their work and careers as working artists. Funds may be used for such endeavors as: attending advanced workshops, conferences, master classes or seminars; participating in artist residencies; engaging in activities that are specifically designed to advance or propel a professional career.

This program is not intended to help fund project-oriented applications, the costs of creating or producing art or an artwork, equipment purchases, touring engagements or academic or certification conferring endeavors. Grant awards range from $100 to $1,000.

  • Applicants must serve the citizens of Wichita and be involved in visual or performing arts.
  • Grant awards have a maximum amount of $1,000.
  • Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 19, 2016 by 5 p.m. at the Division of Arts and Cultural Services office, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202.
  • Funded applicants will enter into a contract with the City of Wichita. Applicants approved for funding will expend Artist Access funds in 2017.
  • Funded applicants will be required to submit a final report along with receipts for expenditures.

Grant Deadlines are:

5 p.m. – Friday, February 19, 2016

For more information on the Artist Access Grant program, please contact:
Division of Arts & Cultural Services
225 W. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67202
(316) 303-8663
bbradshaw@wichita.gov

What we fund (not limited to these examples)
1. Artist workshops
2. Conferences
3. Seminars
4. Artist Residencies

What we don’t fund
1. Artist materials, supplies or equipment
2. Individual projects/exhibits/specific performances

Application Instructions
Your completed application should consist of the following:

1. A completed “Application Cover Sheet”

2. A professional resume detailing all exhibits or performances in which you have participated. This resume should include any prizes, awards or special recognition you have received.

3. A one (1) page narrative of the project which answers the following questions –

a. Describe the activity you wish to attend or participate;

b. Describe how attending or participating in this activity will assist you in reaching your artistic goals; and

c. Provide a detailed account of how the funds you’re requesting will be spent (a project budget). Will the amount requested cover the entire cost of    you attending or participating in the activity? If not, how do you plan to pay the balance?
NOTE: The requested narrative should not exceed one (1) page.
Submit 12 copies of the complete application. Please use binder clips — Do not staple the pages.

Download the Artist Access Grant Application

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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WICHITA EMERGING ARTIST AWARD EXHIBITION CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The ARTS COUNCIL, Inc. of Wichita has issued a sponsorship grant to establish a new event to acknowledge and reward unrecognized and outstanding talent in the visual arts community of Wichita, Kansas.

The goal is to publicly recognize outstanding effort and to further encourage a career path mindset of area visual artists.

The FRIENDS of the WICHITA ART MUSEUM will host this inaugural event. A juried exhibition of works from the finalists and award recipients will be held during the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum 55th Annual Art and Book Fair.

This will be a “Special Exhibit” presentation at Century II, Exhibition Hall, May 9-11, 2014 during the Art and Book Fair and the “La Noche de Fiesta” Preview Invitation event the evening of May, 9, 2014.
Display will be in a display location designed exclusively for this fine arts exhibition.

The award will include the following:
1. Exhibit of selected works from all finalists from May 9-11, 2014 in Century II, Exhibition Hall, during the Art and Book Fair.
2. Up to three (3) cash awards from a field of shortlisted finalists.
3. One recipient will receive a certificate for a SOLO exhibition at City Arts
(exhibit room to be determined by artist and City Arts staff).

ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED OR TIME STAMPED BY MARCH 31, 2014 12:00 A.M. CST.
DOWNLOAD Nomination form here.

Artslink

ArtsLinkArtsLink supports exchange between artists and arts organizations in the United States and other eligible countries.

http://www.cecartslink.org/grants/usa.html

Chenven Foundation

Chenven Foundation

Chenven Foundation

The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation gives unrestricted cash awards to individual artists for the continuation of their work.

http://chenvenfoundation.org/

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance.

http://www.craftemergency-grant/

Creative Capital

Creative Capital

Creative Capital

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services.

http://www.creative-capital.org/

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

The Foundation provides financial assistance to artists who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpting or printmaking, are in the early or developmental stage of their career, and demonstrate a commitment to making art a lifetime career.

http://www.elizabethgreenshieldsfoundation.org/main.html

Guggenheim Fellowships

Guggenheim_FellowshipGuggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

http://www.gf.org/about-the-foundation/the-fellowship/

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

The Pollock-Krasner FoundationThe Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation’s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.

http://www.pkf.org/

Ucross Foundation

Ucross Foundation

Ucross FoundationThe Ucross Foundation provides living accommodations, individual work space and uninterrupted time to approximately 85 individuals each year. Residencies vary in length from two weeks to six weeks.

http://www.ucrossfoundation.org/residency-program/