Arts

Arts
10:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

UPDATE: Weigh In On The Future Of Century II Tonight And Monday

Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, 2006
Credit Hugh Mason / Wikimedia Commons

You can share your thoughts on the future of Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center at several meetings coming up soon.

There's one tonight at 5:30 pm, and another on Monday night--both at Century II.

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National Memorials
5:44 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Arts Group Concerned Over National Eisenhower Memorial

A powerful arts panel that must approve designs for memorials in the nation's capital is again objecting to plans for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Documentary Film
7:50 am
Wed November 20, 2013

'After Tiller' Seeks To Turn Down Volume On Abortion Debate

Dr. Susan Robinson in a scene from 'After Tiller'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

The Sundance Film Festival selection After Tiller follows the lives and work of the only four doctors left in the country who still perform third-trimester abortions, after the murder of Dr. George Tiller in 2009. The Tallgrass Film Association is presenting a special screening of the movie at 7:30 at the Orpheum Theater.

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Arts
7:03 am
Thu October 24, 2013

New Mural In North Wichita Depicts Immigration Struggles

South High students paint a mural depicting the immigration story near 21st Street and Park Place.
Credit Minjarez Armando / Courtesy photo

About a dozen high school students, called Latino Leaders, who attend Wichita South High School have created a mural near 21st and Park Place addressing the issue of immigration.

The idea came from resident artist, Armando Minjarez. He's the co-founder of The Seed House~Casa de la Semilla, a non-profit educational organization that works with various groups, including the high schoolers on this project.

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Arts
7:35 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Hutch Orchestra Struggles To Keep Playing

The Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra is struggling to make sure the show goes on.

Officials with the 49-year-old orchestra says budget cuts and a drop in donations have the group struggling from concert to concert.

Reductions in state arts funding cost the orchestra aid and federal matching dollars. Those two sources previously made up 21 percent of the orchestra's annual budget.

The city of Hutchinson also reduced its support from $9,600 in 2012 to $8,600 this year. It has not determined how much it will give the orchestra next year.

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Arts
7:34 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Five Kansas Arts Organizations Awarded Grants

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) has awarded more than $32,000 dollars in grants to five arts organizations.

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Arts
8:02 am
Wed July 17, 2013

How Did WSU Get Such A Massive Outdoor Sculpture Collection?

The first piece installed in the WSU sculpture collection was "Happy Mother" by Chaim Gross
Nicollette Engels KMUW

WSU’s Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, which currently consists of 76 pieces, is one of the largest outdoor university sculpture collections in the United States.

In 2006, the collection landed a spot in Public Art Review magazine’s compiled list of the top 10 campus outdoor art collections nationwide. The list is based on the quantity and quality of the works.

So how did Wichita State University end up with such an impressive outdoor sculpture collection?

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Arts Funding
3:53 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

State Arts Agency Again Eligible For Federal Matching Funds

The National Endowment for the Arts has made a preliminary decision saying Kansas is once again eligible to receive federal matching funds for arts programs. That decision was revealed during a meeting of the state's arts agency Friday.

When Governor Sam Brownback vetoed state arts funding in 2011, Kansas lost federal matching dollars. With some arts funding restored, the NEA says Kansas could be eligible for up to $560,000 in matching funds this fiscal year.

Peter Jasso, director of the Creative Arts Industries Commission, called the decision great news.

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Arts Funding
4:02 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Which Kansas Arts Organizations Are Receiving State Grants?

Eight Kansas arts organizations are receiving grants totaling $58,400 from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. The grants come two years after Governor Brownback vetoed all arts funding in the state. The Commission formed in 2012 when the legislature restored a part of that funding following significant backlash.

The grants:

Arkansas City Area Arts Council, Arkansas City

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Arts
5:51 am
Tue April 16, 2013

A Conversation With New Director Of WSU's Ulrich Museum

A visitor looks at paintings at the Ulrich Museum on the WSU campus.
Credit Ulrich Museum of Art

Bob Workman was named director of the Ulrich Museum in November of last year. He has a strong arts and museum administration background that started at the Ulrich back when he was a student at Wichita State University in the late 1970s.

“This is the place that really launched my art career, so when the opportunity presented itself to return to Wichita and lead the Ulrich to its next phase of growth I was very excited to have that chance,” says Workman.

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