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Arts Council Celebrates 51st Annual Art Awards

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The 51st Annual Arts Council Awards will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 4 at Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W Museum Blvd. Tickets are $75 per person and include a cash bar reception, dinner and awards presentation. Tickets are available now at the WichitaTix Box Office inside Century II and online at Seating will be limited to 200 guests to promote social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged.

Twelve outstanding Wichita area individuals, cultural organizations and businesses will be recognized for their roles in furthering the growth and development of arts in the Wichita area during the Art Awards presentation.

2021 Arts Council Art Award Winners

Youth Recognition Award
Mara Howes

Burton Pell Award
Catherine Consiglio

Special Project – Individual Award
Emily Christensen
Feminist Foremothers Podcast, mamafilm

Special Project – Group Award
Ulrich Museum
Ulrich + Artist + Community Billboard Project

Special Recognition Award
Richard D. Smith

Art Advocate – Individual Award
Sarah Kephart

Art Advocate – Group or Business Award
Hartke Presents

Arts Educator Award
Babs Mellor

Arts Organization Award
Music Theatre for Young People

Individual Artist
Chris Brunner

Gordon W. Evans Award
Eric Engstrom

Chris Cherches Award
9th Street – I135 to Hillside Project
Ellamonique Baccus, Artist
Baughman Company PA, Design Firm
Cornejo & Sons LLC, General Contractor
Shawn Mellies and Greg Baalman, City of Wichita

The annual Arts Council Awards were established in 1969 by the Wichita/Sedgwick County Arts and Humanities Council in order to recognize and honor those businesses, foundations and individuals who have displayed consistent and exemplary support of the arts and humanities in our community.

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