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Core vibrancy grants include flash mob ensembles, Walk-A-Longwell

May 24, 2017

Wichita, Kan. – Five nonprofit organizations received grants, administered by the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF), to promote civic innovation and increase civic engagement in Wichita in the spring of 2017. The support, which totals $202,971, is from the Knight Foundation Fund at WCF, and benefits Chamber Music at the Barn, Harvester Arts, Health & Wellness Coalition, Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and the Wichita Parks Foundation.

Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight Foundation Fund at WCF invests in civic innovators and ideas that help our city keep and attract talent, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of civic engagement.

“These high-caliber projects support a successful, inclusive Wichita,” said WCF President and CEO Shelly Prichard. “Our partnership with Knight Foundation ensures dollars are invested in ideas that positively impact our city.”

Vibrant ICT | Chamber Music at the Barn

Chamber Music at the Barn received a $65,000 grant to create a focused community of Wichita artists and musicians working together to foster dialogue, offer practical support and feedback, design exhibitions, and create new musical work. The project, “Vibrant ICT,” will be accomplished through an extended series of varied pop-up events, such as flash mob ensembles, that are designed to collaborate with existing and new initiatives in downtown Wichita.

Harvester Community Fellows | Harvester Arts

Harvester Arts received a $28,600 grant for Harvester Community Fellows, a program that offers tangible support and career development for, and with, the local creative community. The creation of a focused cohort of artists will offer exhibition and networking opportunities on a national scale.

Walk-A-Longwell | Health & Wellness Coalition

A $20,000 grant was awarded to the Health & Wellness Coalition, fiscally sponsored by the YMCA, for Walk-A-Longwell. The program allows residents to join Mayor Longwell in monthly walks through the City’s core. Those who engage in the walking meetings will be eligible to apply for small stipends to implement projects.

Gallery Alley & Urban Getaway | WDDC

Two separate grants of $66,504 and $10,867 were awarded to Wichita Downtown Development Corporation. Gallery Alley will utilize the $66,504 grant to temporarily activate an underutilized space in the 600 block of Douglas with large sculptures by emerging artists, a portable concert stage, a widescreen for movie nights, and seating for outdoor dining and leisure. The $10,867 grant will transform a highly-activated area along Douglas into a pop-up retreat. The project will debut this summer.

Open Streets ICT | Wichita Parks Foundation

A $12,000 grant was awarded to the Wichita Parks Foundation for Open Streets ICT - People First Design Project. The project will be implemented four weeks prior to Open Streets ICT (Sept. 2017) and will be demobilized two weeks after the event to serve as a unique and engaging opportunity to promote Open Streets ICT and acclimate the community to new and interesting ways to think of how spaces are utilized in the core of our city.

“Our partnership with WCF is helping to advance city success. These projects will help to bring new vibrancy to Wichita, by connecting people, providing them with spaces to meet and interact and opening new economic opportunities,” said Knight Foundation Director for Community Foundations Lilly Weinberg.

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