Web site a new way to fund arts projects in Wichita
The City of Wichita and The Arts Council today announced the launch of WeMakeArtHappen.com, a Web site that is giving Wichitans a new way to support local arts projects. Residents are encouraged to visit the site, find art projects that speak to them and become collaborators by making small gifts online.
“The City of Wichita is proud to have partnered with The Arts Council on this innovative project,” said Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer. “We expect great things to happen as a result of WeMakeArtHappen.com.”
WeMakeArtHappen.com lists projects by area nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists that need help getting off the ground. Such a platform allows project coordinators to reach out to a greater pool of funders whose individuals gifts – which can be as small as $5 – can add up to fund an entire project.
Projects will be listed on WeMakeArtHappen.com on average for 30 days. Projects that reach or exceed their goal will be given the go-ahead, and collaborators will have the opportunity to come back to the Web site for updates on their progress. Projects that aren’t fully funded will be taken off the site and all money refunded to collaborators.
Today is the first day that donations are being accepted from the public and the first opportunity for all nonprofit arts organizations and artists to submit projects for inclusion on WeMakeArtHappen.com. Guest bloggers are also needed to facilitate a sharing of information about the arts and encourage the local creation of art. Submission guidelines and contact information are listed on WeMakeArtHappen.com.