The Arts Council works with The City of Wichita to strengthen art venues and promote cultural arts within the community. In 1966, the Arts Council was formed, originally called The Wichita Fine Arts Council, to support the arts and make them more accessible to Wichita citizens. Today the Arts Council is operated by a 25-member Board of Directors. They work with art venues and organizations around the city to help promote cultural arts.
The Division of Arts & Cultural Services staff provides office support for the Arts Council, as they direct all their funds to grants and programming. The Arts Council works closely with CityArts, and though they don’t have an office space in the building, the council uses CityArts as their mailing address. The Arts Council currently sponsors the Gift Shop in CityArts and provides local artists and arts organizations visibility by supporting the CityArt’s exhibit gallery. The gallery allows artists to sell their original artwork. The Arts Council also sponsors free, open to the public artist receptions in the exhibit gallery.
The Arts Council operates with these four goals in mind:
• Encourage the acquisition, appreciation and access to the diverse fine arts in our region.
• Continue advocacy efforts for the arts.
• Continue to demonstrate leadership in the development of public policy for the arts.
• Educate the community in every aspect of the arts and the business of the arts.