Arts and culture

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A insufficient allocation of money for the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC), a state organization that distributes grant money for community arts, has made Kansas ineligible for close to $800,000 in funds from federal and regional organizations that support the arts.

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A new Wichita arts center funded largely by donations from the Koch Foundations now has a name.

More than 400 people were at Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony for Mark Arts at the Mary R Koch Arts Center. The 40,000-square-foot building at 13th and Rock Road will be the new home of the Wichita Center for the Arts.

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The Tallgrass Film Association has created five movie-lending libraries inspired by the Little Free Library project. The mini movie libraries, which will hit the streets of Wichita in July, were decorated by youths who participate in the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Positive Pathways Program at Harvester Arts.

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A group of artists and volunteers will be painting new colorful murals in Wichita’s Douglas Design District this weekend--if the weather cooperates.

Sixteen murals are planned for buildings along East Douglas Avenue. An artist collective known as Brickmob will paint a 20-foot mural featuring a brain over a corner of the Alzheimer’s Association building.

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African-American professional artists from across the country will take part in a rare visit to Kansas. Their appearance and exhibit are scheduled for Friday at Wichita State University as part of Black History Month programming.

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Three museums in Wichita are displaying the work of artist Gordon Parks starting this month. A notable author, filmmaker and musician, the Kansas native is most famous for his photographs, which documented poverty and segregation during the civil rights movement.. 

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A collection of unique and finely crafted papercuts are currently on display at the Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson visited with artist Clark Britton to learn more about him and the reason he has waited so long to display his tiny paper creations.

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A collection of documentary photographs from 1974 is currently on display at the Wichita Art Museum. Black and white images of farmers, haystacks and shop fronts provide a look at rural Kansas as seen through the lens of three photographers. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur visited the gallery with one of those artists and has this report.


Double Digits is a new documentary film about a Wichita man who's been making films inside his studio apartment for some time now. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin caught up with the man at the center of the story recently and has more.

Richard “RG” Miller has been making films since 1979. If you haven’t heard of pictures such as The Mask Man or Rio Comanche, it’s probably because Miller’s films have been poorly distributed and mostly seen by his close friends and family.

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The latest art installations at the Wichita Art Museum won’t be found in the galleries inside the building.

Instead, they’re outside, in the newly landscaped grounds that surround the 80-year-old museum downtown.

The two new sculptures and the artistic landscape design are the foundation for the museum’s new “Art Garden,” which opens Saturday.