Arts and culture


The 7th annual Art That Touches Your Heart event takes place Friday and Saturday on the Wichita State University campus. The event highlights black art and culture in Wichita and from around the globe.

Wichita Art Museum

The Wichita Art Museum has appointed a new curator to oversee its more than 8,000-piece collection.

Wichita native Tera Hedrick has worked with the museum since 2016, and has served as interim curator since last May.

"Tera exceeded every expectation, so much so that the museum ended its national search and selected her as the WAM curator for the museum’s next chapter,” WAM director Patricia McDonnell said in a statement Friday. “Tera is an extraordinary talent, and we are fortunate to keep her in her hometown of Wichita."

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The nonprofit arts organization Mark Arts will open its new state-of-the art building on Saturday. 

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For the first time in decades, a new conductor will lead the orchestra at Friday's premiere of Ballet Wichita's "The New Nutcracker."

For 20 years Wesley DeSpain performed as a clarinetist in the production under longtime conductor Jay Decker. It was Decker who recommended DeSpain to Ballet Wichita.

During a recent rehearsal, DeSpain said the most exciting part is how all the various art forms come together to create a mesmerizing effect for the audience.

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Ballet Wichita’s annual performance of "The Nutcracker" premieres on Friday -- but it won’t be the same show you’ve seen in the past. It's "The New Nutcracker".  Guest Artistic Director Karen Brown and Director and Choreographer Sean McLeod are bringing some new moves to the holiday classic.                                                    


Film icon Dennis Hopper was born in Dodge City, Kansas, and grew up to act in hundreds of movie and television roles, from the mid-1950s until his death in 2010. He also directed a handful of movies, including "Easy Rider," often regarded as the first true independent American film. 

A new documentary called "Along for the Ride" looks at Hopper's career through the eyes of his friend and "right-hand man" for more than four decades, Satya de la Manitou. KMUW's Fletcher Powell spoke with de la Manitou and the documentary's director, Nick Ebeling.

Nearly 200 storytellers, musicians, and African culture scholars will be in Wichita this week as part of the National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference.

Special Collections & University Archives at Pittsburg State University

It's been nearly a decade since Wichita State University acquired the 100-box collection of famed photographer, writer and director Gordon Parks.

His son David Parks visited KMUW last week and says he's pleased that researchers are delving into his dad's work.

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Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend the North End Urban Arts Festival on Saturday.

Courtesy The Kansas African American Museum

A new exhibit featuring local and international black female photographers opens Friday night at The Kansas African American Museum in downtown Wichita.