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Cultural Arts Funding


For over a decade, the City of Wichita has granted funding to local arts organizations to recognize, preserve and celebrate Wichita's rich arts and cultural heritage - a heritage that has a tremendous impact on all residents' quality of life. For 2021, the City has awarded 29 organizations and individual artists operational support that has totaled more than $2.8 million.

The City offers three different grant opportunities that are awarded through a competitive process: Cultural Funding Grants, Developing Arts Grants and Artist Access Grants.

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2022 Cultural Funding Application

Cultural Funding Grants provide operational support for qualifying 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and cultural organizations that significantly serve Wichita citizens.


The application period for 2022 Funding is now closed.

Organizations chosen for funding for 2021 include...

American Guild of Organists
Arts Partners, Inc.
Ballet Wichita
Chamber Music at the Barn
Emerald City Chorus - Sweet Adelines
Exploration Place
Fisch Bowl, Inc.
Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center
Mark Arts
Music Theatre for Young People
Music Theatre of Wichita
Opera Kansas
Orpheum Performing Arts Centre, LTD
Tallgrass Film Association
The Kansas African American Museum
Ulrich Museum
Wichita Chamber Chorale
Wichita Public Library Foundation
Wichita Symphony Society

2022 Developing Arts Application

The Developing Arts Grant Program (DAG) provides technical assistance for capacity building to arts and cultural organizations with annual operational budgets under $50,000.


The application period for 2022 Funding is now closed.

No organizations were selected for funding for 2021 

2022 Artist Access Grants Program

The Artist Access Grants provide professional development support for individual artists.


The application period for 2022 Funding is now closed.

Individuals chosen for funding for 2021 include...

Don Praseuth $850
Hazel Stabler
Brent William

Cultural Institutions

"Cultural Institutions" are arts and cultural organizations which have operations and activities in a facility that is owned and/or operated by the City of Wichita. The organization's audited annual revenues must be in excess of $50,000 for at least two preceding years. Cultural Institutions are funded by entering into a three-year Operational Partnership Agreements. For more information about The Cultural Institution (CI) Grants Program, please refer to pages 13-14 of the City of Wichita Cultural Plan Addendum.

Organizations which qualify as "Cultural Institutions" include the following and will be funded at the following levels:

Organization Amount
Arts Council $7,051
Kansas Aviation Museum $35,530
Mid-America All-Indian Museum $217,932
Museum of World Treasures $24,576
Wichita Art Museum $1,892,432
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum $173,009
Total Cultural Institution Funding 2021