CityArts offers people of all ages and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to participate in diverse art programming throughout the year. Since it began in 1998, CityArts has been dedicated to providing education, information and artistic opportunities to all members of the community.
CityArts is home to more than 35 professional artists who teach art to the community. Each session, these artists engage with students who learn how to create pieces of art in a supportive community setting. Classes are offered in digital arts, photography, fiber, silversmithing, glass fusing, glass blowing, painting, pottery and drawing.
Located in a three-story building in Wichita's historic Old Town district, the facility was designed specifically to meet the needs of a community arts center in Wichita. CityArts provides year-round art classes, the CityArts Boutique and four gallery spaces that display a new exhibition each month. CityArts is owned by the City of Wichita and is managed by the Arts and Cultural Services Division within the City Manager's Office.
The Arts Council
Since 1999, The Arts Council, housed at CityArts, has worked in partnership with the City of Wichita to achieve its mission of advancing and promoting arts and culture in the Wichita community through advocacy, leadership, education and collaboration. The Arts Council slogan, "We Make Art Happen," reinforces the group's commitment to the business side of the arts. Arts and culture is a $66.2 million industry that creates 2,006 jobs in Wichita and generates $6.5 million in local and state government revenue.