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Cultural Arts Funding

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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 2020, the City has awarded 39 organizations and individual artists' operational support that has totaled more than $3.2 million.

The City offered 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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2021 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.


2021 Cultural Funding Application


Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2020.

Organizations chosen for funding for 2020 include...

Organization
Amount
American Guild of Organists
$542
Ballet Wichita
$14,917
Chamber Music at the Barn
$15,433
Fisch Bowl, Inc.
$1,891
Friends of Great Plains Nature Center
$5,564
Griot's Storytelling Institute
$624
Music Theatre for Young People
$8,373
Opera Kansas
$3,647
Regina Klenjoski Dance Company
$9,496
Tallgrass Film Association
$31,760
Wichita Chamber Chorale
$3,614
Arts Partners, Inc.
$17,967
A.R.I.S.E. Ensemble
$1,740
The Kansas African American Museum
$11,108
Wichita Public Library Foundation
$18,984
Exploration Place
$60,535
Music Theatre of Wichita
$59,275
Ulrich Museum
$26,759
Wichita Grand Opera
$19,957
Wichita Symphony Society
$57,260
​Mark Arts
$34,377​
​Harvester Arts
$4,085​
​Emerald City Chorus - Sweet Adelines
$1,566​
​Laughing Feet
$3,716​
​Orpheum Performing Arts Centre, Ltd.
$12,150​

2021 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.

2021 Developing Arts Grant Application


Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2020.
 


Organizations chosen for funding for 2020 include...

Organization
Amount
Wichita Jazz Festival
$5,000

2021 Artist Access Grants Program

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


2021 Artist Access Grant Application


Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2020.

Individuals chosen for funding for 2020 include...

Individual
Amount
​Daniel Gegen
$1000​
Christopher Gulick $1000
Alec Lang
$1000
Carter Tholl
$1000
​Tina Thomas
$1000​
​Bruce Van Osdel
$700
​Trish Van Osdel
$700​

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
Mid-America All-Indian Center $206,761
Wichita Art Museum $1,895,179
Wichita Historical Museum $173,260
Kansas Aviation Museum $35,582
Museum of World Treasures $24,612
Total Cultural Institution Funding 2020
$2,335,394