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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 2022, the City has awarded 26 organizations and individual artists operational support that has totaled more than $2.7 million.

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

If you have questions about the grants or application process, please email Lindsay Benacka, Director of Arts and Cultural Services.

The FY2023 Cultural Funding Grant cycle closed June 3, 2022

2023 Operating Grant Application

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

FY2023 application period closed June 3, 2022 

Organizations chosen for funding for 2022 include...

American Guild of Organists
Arts Partners, Inc.
Ballet Wichita
Chamber Music at the Barn
Exploration Place
Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center
Harvester Arts
Mark Arts
Music Theatre Wichita
Opera Kansas
Orpheum Performing Arts Centre, LTD
Regina Klenjoski Dance Company
Tallgrass Film Association
The Kansas African American Museum
Ulrich Museum
Wichita Children's Theatre and Dance Center
Wichita Chamber Chorale
Wichita Grand Opera
Wichita Public Library Foundation
Wichita Symphony Society

2023 Developing Arts Application

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

FY2023 application period closed June 3, 2022 

No organizations were selected for funding for 2022 

2023 Artist Access Grants Program

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

FY2023 application period closed June 3, 2022 

Individuals chosen for funding for 2022 include...

Twyla Smith

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 $230,404
Museum of World Treasures $24,576
Wichita Art Museum $1,892,432
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum $173,009
Total Cultural Institution Funding 2023