About Wichita Creatives
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
People have historically turned to the arts during times of strife, and now this cultural moment is no different. Artists are our keepers of history; they will reflect on the unprecedented times we are living in. If we want to have a vibrant city to come back to, we must support and engage our talent. If there ever was a time, it’s now.
Enter the Wichita Creatives:
Founded by: Ann Keefer (Wichita Festivals), Emily Brookover (Downtown Wichita), Kate Van Steenhuyse (Harvester Arts), Kristin Beal (Harvester Arts), Lela Medow-Connor (mamafilm), Shannon Boone (Shay Chic Productions)
in March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, the Wichita Creatives Fund was established a group of arts community leaders in the Wichita to assist local creatives with Emergency Relief Grants. This fund provides one-time, rapid response, need-based grants to independent artists, musicians, performers and others who work in a creative capacity and whose livelihoods have been impacted by the current public health crisis. When this phase closed, the Wichita Creatives Fund had provided 107 artists with $500 grants, totaling $52,500.
The arts will continue to be vital components as we move forward through the pandemic and the long road to recovery. The Wichita Creatives Foundation will work to connect our independent artists, musicians, performers and others in the creative industries with local and regional businesses for arts-related work opportunities.