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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 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.

Applications for FY2023 Cultural Funding Grants are open March 7 - June 3



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.

Deadline for FY2023 Operating Grant applications is 5 p.m. June 3, 2022 




 


Organizations chosen for funding for 2022 include...

Organization
Amount
American Guild of Organists
$500
A.R.I.S.E.
$2149
Arts Partners, Inc.
$30,360
Ballet Wichita
$10,000
Chamber Music at the Barn
$15,610
Exploration Place
$66,600
Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center
$5000
Harvester Arts
$3500
Mark Arts
$30,000
Music Theatre for Young People
$11,098
Music Theatre of Wichita
$55,000
Opera Kansas
$5,550
Orpheum Performing Arts Centre, LTD
$6,000
Regina Klenjoski Dance Company
$2500
Tallgrass Film Association
$27,500
The Kansas African American Museum
$25,000
Ulrich Museum
$45,000
Wichita Children's Theatre and Dance Center
$9700
Wichita Chamber Chorale
$2,966
Wichita Grand Opera
$2500
Wichita Public Library Foundation
$15,000
Wichita Symphony Society
$60,000​

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.

Deadline for FY2023 DAG applications is 5 p.m. 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.

Deadline for FY2023 Artist Access Grant applications is 5 p.m. June 3, 2022




 



Individuals chosen for funding for 2022 include...

Individual
Amount
Twyla Smith
$800

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
$2,363,002