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New E-Guide Helps Plan Community Events

5/16/2012
Angela Cato, Arts & Cultural Services | ACato@wichita.gov | (316) 303-8639

Online guide leads organizers through City’s approval process

The City of Wichita has launched a new online resource to assist individuals and groups with planning community events on public or private property. The Community Events Licenses & Fees Guide - posted at www.wichita.gov under the “Arts & Culture” link provides step-by-step information organizers must take to make sure their events are safe and adhere to local laws.

“Our goal with this guide is to continue to build awareness about the community event application process and encourage advance planning,” said John D’Angelo, Manager, Arts & Cultural Services Division. “We want to give organizers all the tools they need upfront and in one place so they can execute successful events that positively contribute to Wichitans’ quality of life.”

The Community Events Licenses & Fees Guide includes sections about selling cereal malt beverage and alcohol at events, the organizer’s role in helping to cover costs incurred by the city, public health and safety requirements and frequently asked questions. There are also links to City ordinances, license applications and checklists.

Since 2006, the Community Event approval process has been coordinated by the City’s Division of Arts & Cultural Services, whose staff members are the single point of contact for event organizers. Division staff members work with up to 18 other City Departments to respond to each application. In 2011, 86 applications for events were processed that attracted more than 345,000 people. Events include walks/runs/marathons, outdoor concerts, parades, fireworks displays, circuses and amusement rides.

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