Engage ICT

Citizens and voters face monumental choices on issues that will define our future, and there is a great need for broader understanding of how what happens at the polls affects you. That's why, in January of 2016, KMUW launched Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap.

These monthly community conversations feature a panel of local experts and topics that touch your daily life. Always at Roxy's Downtown. Always free and open to all.

Get your questions answered at the next Engage ICT on Tuesday, January 16. Postponed due to the weather. Now on Tuesday, January 30, at 5:30 p.m.

Roxy's Downtown, 412 1/2 E. Douglas 

This month's topic is Crime and Safety, and is the first event in our social health series. We'll discuss crime trends and how to make our community safer for everyone. Appetizers are provided.

Panelists:
Dr. Andi Bannister, interim director of the WSU School of Criminal Justice
Adam Barlow-Thompson, founder of the nonprofit Neighboring Movement
Darryl Carrington, WSU community liaison
Wichita Police Lt. Wendell Nicholson

Ways to Connect

December 13, 2016 at The Monarch

Engage ICT’s last Democracy On Tap panel of 2016, held at the Monarch, looked at the impact of the year’s elections from political, social and artistic perspectives. With so much of the past year focused on politics, our panelists discussed where we go now.

November 8, 2016 at Roxy's

October 11, 2016 at The Anchor

Engage ICT joined forces with KCUR's Statehouse Blend podcast for its November panel to discuss how political spin shapes elections.​

September 13, 2016 at The Scottish Rite

September’s Engage ICT: Democracy On Tap panel, held at the Scottish Rite Center in downtown Wichita, looked far beyond the borders of Kansas and even the U.S. to examine how foreign and domestic policy could impact November’s elections.

August 9, 2016 at Taste & See

Engage ICT’s August Democracy On Tap event, held at Taste and See Restaurant in Old Town, looked at the issues of food and water access.

July 12, 2016 at The LUX

Engage ICT’s July Democracy On Tap event, held at The Lux in downtown Wichita, was all about transportation.

KMUW's Carla Eckels moderated the Judicial Candidate Forum on July 12, 2016. Here's audio from that forum:

June 14, 2016 at The Brickyard

Engage ICT’s June Democracy On Tap panel, held at The Brickyard, looked at the role of nonprofits in a community’s overall quality of life—which, as the Wichita Arts Council’s Arlen Hamilton pointed out, “means so many different things to so many different people.”

But regardless of the definition, the panelists pointed out that nonprofits are vital to making communities livable.

May 10, 2016 at The Boathouse

Our May Democracy On Tap panel, held at the Wichita Boathouse along the river, looked at how immigration and an increasingly diverse population will impact this year’s elections.

April 12, 2016 at Loft 150

Our April Democracy On Tap panel, held at Loft 150 above River City Brewing Company in Old Town, focused on environmental issues—which, for Wichita and Kansas, meant recycling, trash, renewable energy, water and the future of food.

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