2016 Annual Arts Council Awards

47th Annual Art Awards

It’s time to start applying for the Arts Council 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.

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.

ELIGIBILITY
Any individual, business, organization or institution currently residing in Wichita or the surrounding area involved in arts and cultural activities located in the area at the time of nomination is eligible to be nominated.

INELIGIBILITY
Ineligibility includes any self-nominations, posthumous nominations and previous Arts Award winners. If needed, the Arts Council will make decisions on any unusual circumstances that might occur after the nomination committee has met.

NOMINATIONS
Nominations are accepted from Kansas citizens and organizations seeking to recognize individual artists, art educators, advocates, organizations, individual patrons, and patron organizations. Nominations may be submitted with or without the knowledge of the nominee.

SELECTION
Award recipients will be chosen from among the nominees by the nomination committee, which will include members of the Arts Council. At the discretion of the panel, selections may include more than one award in a category. Conversely, the panel may decide not to give an award in every category if the total ranking does not merit an award.

SELECTION CRITERIA
The criteria the panel will use to rank and select awards will be:

  • Significance and magnitude of the creative achievement
  • Length of time and intensity of activity dedicated to the arts.
  • Leadership that stimulates growth, support and/or availability of the arts
  • Contributions to excellence in the arts.

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

The nomination deadline is July 15, 2016.
47th Annual Art Awards Nomination Form

List of Award Winners of past Art Awards Ceremony 2015

Opera Kansas

Opera Kansas Puts on Performances Thanks to Artist Grant

The Arts Council exists to advance and promote arts and culture in the Wichita community, and one of the ways we do that is through our Artist Grants. This year, the Arts Council gave a grant to Opera Kansas for their Final Friday Performances.

Opera Kansas is a 501c3 oganization that presents engaging, accessible and educational productions that give young performers a venue to learn their craft. Through the Arts Council Artist Grant, Opera Kansas was able to put on five different Final Friday shows this year.

In May, Opera Kansas opened their dress rehearsal of Offenbach’s The Island of Tulipantan to the public. In this performance, the Duke of the Island of Tulipatan has an heir, or does he? His daughter who has been raised as a boy falls for Alexis, the daughter of The Duke’s Field Marshall. To prevent their only child from being drafted into the army, the Field Marshall’s wife has raised their son as a girl. The comedy begins when boy meets girl then girl meets boy and the confusion starts. In the end, all is revealed.

In June, they presented La Serva Padrona at the Garvey Kiva Center. Uberto, an elderly bachelor, is angry and impatient with his maidservant, Serpina, because she has not brought him his chocolate today. Serpina has become so arrogant that she thinks she is the mistress of the household. After some trickery, Uberto realizes he truly loves Serpina. They marry and she becomes the actual mistress of the house.

In July, Opera Kansas presented a free concert of American Song.

In August, Opera Kansas put on portions of Kirk Mechem’s opera John Brown at the Sedgwick County Historical Museum.

And finally, in September, they put on Opera Kansas Constitution Day School Educational Initiative. The program included three historical characters- Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and George Washington- who presented different aspects of history, civics, literature and music from 1776 to 1787.

The Arts Council gives out several Artist Grants a year. It’s time to start thinking about grants for 2016. To apply for an Artist Grant, fill out this application. View all the rules here.

 

art awards

Nominations Opened For 46th Annual Art Awards

The Arts Council is now accepting nominations for its 46th Annual Art Awards, which will be held Sunday, Oct. 4 in Century II Convention Hall, 225 W. Douglas. The event celebrates the arts and honors businesses and individuals who have made major creative achievements or significant contributions to the development of the arts in Wichita. Art Awards nomination forms may be picked at CityArts, 334 N. Mead, or downloaded online at WichitaArts.com. All nominations must be received by Wednesday, July 15.

The Art Awards will be an entirely new experience this year, centered around films and live entertainment like never before. Be on the lookout for details that will be coming soon.

Nominations are being taken in the following nine 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 – Given to 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 or middle school student who has shown outstanding achievement and development in the arts.
· Burton Pell Award – Given to an outstanding individual in music in memory of Mr. Pell, a longtime member and past president of the Arts Council.

Find the nomination form here.

Since 1999, The Arts Council, which is housed at CityArts, has worked in partnership with the City of Wichita to achieve its mission of advancing and promoting arts and culture in the Wichita community through advocacy, leadership, education and collaboration. The Arts Council slogan “We Make Art Happen” reinforces the group’s commitment to the business side of the arts and spreading the word that arts and culture is a $66.2 million industry in Wichita that creates 2,006 jobs and generates $6.5 million in local/state government revenue.

Steampunk Day

Do something different this weekend … discover Steampunk!

Steampunk Day
10 a.m-5 p.m., this Saturday, May 30
Admission Rates l Location

Steampunk Day returns to Cowtown for the fifth year in a row to give visitors a one-of-a-kind Victorian science fiction experience straight out of a Jules Verne or H.G. Wells novel. Activities for the entire family are scheduled all day. Download the schedule of events here.

This year’s featured act is Carnival Epsilon, a madcap group of sword swallowers, fire eaters and other sundry performers from Tulsa, Okla .

Steampunk is a technically advanced, alternate history where steam power is widely used and anything can exist – airplanes to flying ships, computers to time machines – as long as they’re mechanically made with gears and cogs. Throughout the day, Steampunk fans will bring the genre to life through costuming and displays/activities that are reminiscent of turn-of-the century Barnum & Bailey carnivals.

Visitors may join in the fun and wear their own Steampunk attire, but it’s not a requirement. The day is all about families having fun and immersing themselves in an alternate history that couldn’t come alive at a better location than Cowtown.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

 

Summer Fun for Kids

Cowtown is offering many activities this summer that turn “city kids” into “farm kids.” Your children will have such a great time with friends playing 1870s games, tending to a farm and pretending to be cowboys/Victorian girls that they will forget they are learning about history.

Tuesday Time Travelers (1st and 3rd Tuesdays, June through August) are open to any child! You have your choice of a morning program, 9:30-11:30 a.m., or an afternoon program, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Registration is $4. Sign up by calling 316-350-3317 or complete the online form.

Victorian Games and Amusements
Dates: June 2 and/or July 21
Victorian kids found ways to have fun without computers and electricity, and your child can, too. We’ll introduce them to different toys and games that will be more fun than they ever imagined.

Chores and Games on the Farm
Dates: June 16 and/or August 4
It’s true that farm kids worked hard to help the family. When the work was done, though, they didn’t forget about having fun. Our Tuesday Time Travelers will balance hard work and play to see if they have what it takes to be farm kids.

Hunting and Herding
Dates: July 7 and/or August 18
Hunters and cowboys had special skills that helped them live on the prairie. We’ll share their secrets with our Tuesday Time Travelers to see if they are ready for prairie life.

If you are looking for summer programs for groups of 14-25 children, Cowtown offers two-hour programs from 10:00 a.m.-noon or 1:00-3:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For questions and date availability, call 316-350-3317.

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.

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