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Cultural Funding Committee

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For 12 years, 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 2019, the City has awarded 29 organizations and individual artists' operational support that has totaled more than $3.3 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.


Submission deadline for Fiscal Year 2021 will be posted soon, along with application details. Please check back.

Organizations chosen for funding for 2019 include...

Organization
Amount
American Guild of Organists
$566
Ballet Wichita
$14,668
Chamber Music at the Barn
$18,499
Fisch Bowl, Inc.
$1,702
Friends of Great Plains Nature Center
$6,646
Griot's Storytelling Institute
$3,770
Music Theatre for Young People
$8,373
Opera Kansas
$4,466
Regina Klenjoski Dance Company
$4,880
Tallgrass Film Association
$35,758
Wichita Chamber Chorale
$3,573
Arts Partners, Inc.
$22,760
A.R.I.S.E. Ensemble
$1,284
The Kansas African American Museum
$16,439
Wichita Public Library Foundation
$28,546
Exploration Place
$65,369
Music Theatre of Wichita
$69,564
Ulrich Museum
$27,206
Wichita Grand Opera
$19,726
Wichita Symphony Society
$63,705

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.

Submission deadline for Fiscal Year 2021 will be posted soon, along with application details. Please check back.

Organizations chosen for funding for 2019 include...

Organization
Amount
Griot's Storytelling Institute $2,152

2021 Artist Access Grants Program

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


Submission deadline for Fiscal Year 2021 will be posted soon, along with application details. Please check back.



Organizations chosen for funding for 2019 include...

Individual
Amount
Christopher Gulick $967
Angela Evans
$967
William Flynn
$967

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

Organization Amount
Arts Council
$6,779
Mid-America All-Indian Center $189,915
Wichita Art Museum $1,819,398
Wichita Historical Museum $166,332
Kansas Aviation Museum $34,159
Museum of World Treasures $23,628
Total Cultural Institution Funding 2019
$2,240,211