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Floating sculpture, parking garage party and outdoor movie theater among 11 projects to engage Wichitans this year

May 22, 2017

Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Community Foundation is investing $52,688 to impact city vibrancy by providing grants to a select group of changemakers. The individuals gathered in April for Up the Ambition, a 1.5 day convening, to collaborate, ideate and learn about tactical ways of improving public spaces.

“WCF, in partnership with Knight Foundation, challenged Up the Ambition participants to think differently about enhancing areas in and around downtown,” said WCF Director of Strategic Initiatives Courtney Bengtson. “Each of the projects funded reflect ways communities and citizens can come together to activate underutilized spaces.”

ArkArt | KMUW | $5,000

Installing a 50-foot floating, colorful, kinetic sculpture in and on the Arkansas River, debuting this summer.
Submitted by Elizabeth Ablah, Sarah Jane Crespo, Janelle King, Logan Pajunen, Ty Tabing, Zach Wiggins

Cinema de Bajo la Luna en el Teatro NOMAR | The Seed House ~ La Casa de Semilla | $5,000

Gathering North End residents to view four Spanish/Bilingual films in the NOMAR Theater parking lot during the summer months.
Submitted by Claudia Amaro, Marquetta Atkins, Thomas Dalton, Adam Hartke, Janet Miller, Armando Minjarez

GROWichita | KMUW | $888

Creating a downtown community garden utilizing compost crates and vertical gardening techniques.
Submitted by Austin Dugan, Sarah Jane Crespo

Level Up | ICT SOS | $5,000

Transforming a not-so-typical parking garage into a vibrant, curated showcase of musicians, yard games, shopping, drinks, food and more.
Submitted by Austin Dugan, Jason Gregory, Katie Grover, Adam Hartke, Janelle King, Logan Pajunen, Destiny Pello, Jennifer White, Jenny Wiley

Light Up the Park | Wichita Parks Foundation | $3,800

Enhancing Wichita Skatepark at Kellogg and St. Francis with outdoor LED lighting.
Submitted by Troy Houtman

Light Up Reflection Square | Wichita Park and Recreation Community Fund | $5,000

Activating Chester I. Lewis Reflection Square Park with lighting, seating, summer programming, and Dockum sit-in educational components.
Submitted by Troy Houtman, Janelle King, Alex Pemberton, Zach Wiggins

NOMAR Theatre Better Block | North End Urban Arts Festival | $5,000

Revitalizing a single block on Market St. to transform the space into a vibrant neighborhood destination, complete with a temporary reopening of The NOMAR Theater.
Submitted by Claudia Amaro, Thomas Dalton, Adam Hartke, Armando Minjarez

Pop-Up Co-Op | Wichita Festivals | $5,000

Generating an inventory of placemaking items and materials, such as seating and kiosks, that can be borrowed or rented by community groups, artists, and individuals to stage pop-up events.
Submitted by Alex Pemberton, Adam Hartke, Troy Houtman, Wendy Johnson, Logan Pajunen

Summer Celebration of the Arkansas River | KU Endowment Association | $8,000

Unveiling potential uses for the Arkansas River with additions such as water sports, eateries and “A Big Float.”
Submitted by Elizabeth Ablah, Sarah Jane Crespo, Maggie Gilmore, Adam Hartke, Troy Houtman, Logan Pajunen, Thea Pajunen, Ty Tabing, Zach Wiggins, Jenny Wiley

The Hubbub | KMUW | $5,000

Creating a grassroots online platform to share ideas and/or invest time and talent in community-building activities.
Submitted by Sarah Jane Crespo, Jenny Wiley

Under the Bridge | North End Urban Arts Festival | $5,000

Staging three Final Friday pop-up galleries under the Douglas Avenue railroad bridge with various participative public art displays.
Submitted by Thomas Dalton, Seth Etter, Ramsey Jamoul, Armando Minjarez, Alex Pemberton, Jenny Wiley

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