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Call for Entry Open through Oct. 29, 2021 (View details below)
The Front Porch project will bring creatives and local business owners together to create outdoor extensions of their businesses. The inspiration for the project comes from the idea of the midwestern front porch - a space that is crucial to community, family, identity and conversation. The project has an emphasis on creating safe spaces as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and reintroduce visitors and patrons to downtown.
The Front Porch project is a placemaking initiative that contributes to the identity, character and culture of downtown by serving as an activator and catalyst for continued growth. Enhancing vibrancy through placemaking and programming is one of the Downtown Wichita organization's key areas of focus.
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Call for Entry Now Open
Open through Oct. 29, 2021
Downtown Wichita is now accepting applications from artists and creatives for the Front Porch project. Learn more and apply now.
Interested? Have Questions?
Sign up to attend a virtual meeting with Emily Brookover, Director of Community Development, on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 7 p.m. to learn more about the project and how to apply. The meeting will conclude with an open Q and A. Sign up using the form below and you will receive the Zoom link and password prior to the meeting.
National Endowment for the Arts
Downtown Wichita in partnership with the City of Wichita has been approved for a $75,000 Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The funding will support a new initiative called the Front Porch project. This is one of 63 grants nationwide that the agency has approved in this category to support projects that integrate arts, culture and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes; ultimately laying the groundwork for sustainable systems change.
“As the country and the arts sector begin to work towards a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce this Our Town funding. These awards will support cross-sector partnerships such as the one lead by Downtown Wichita that demonstrate the power of the arts to help communities create a better future for themselves.” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers.
Downtown Wichita would like to specifically thank Fidelity Bank. Through their support, we were able to work alongside Blais and Associates, an incredible grant consulting firm, whose expertise was imperative in completing our successful application.
For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.