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Wichita Arts: Art Scene in Wichita

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The largest city in Kansas celebrates its western heritage with a thriving arts scene. In addition to its visual arts venues, Wichita is well- known for its tradition of top notch staged musicals; the Music Theatre of Wichita, a nationally recognized producer of Broadway caliber fare, attracts more than 80,000 theatergoers each season.

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Art Museums

Ulrich Museum of Art

Ulrich Museum of Art

As the region’s source for modern and contemporary art, the Ulrich Museum of Art connects viewers with artists and artworks that reflect our world today. Visitors explore and enjoy 20th- and 21st-century art that often newly considers established artistic traditions and develops fresh creative paradigms.

In addition to the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, named one of the Top Ten campus sculpture collections by Public Art Review magazine in 2006, …more…

Wichita Art Museum

Wichita Art Museum

The Wichita Art Museum, the largest in the state of Kansas, has nearly 7,000 works in the permanent collection representing three centuries of American paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts. The museum’s unique glass collection is another focus of the permanent collection, and includes a donated private collection of more than 200 goblets and other pressed glass and a growing collection of historic and contemporary examples of Steuben …more…

Theater

Music Theatre of Wichita

Music Theatre of Wichita

Kansas’s premiere destination for large scale Broadway musicals, Music Theatre of Wichita has throughout its nearly 40-year history provided outstanding takes on traditional favorites (Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof,Kiss Me Kate) and the occasional area premiere (Honk!, High School Musical). It has also earned a reputation as one of the country’s top summer theatres along the way. Known for its New York caliber production values, MTW’s elaborate stagings make full use …more…

Classical Music

Chamber Music at the Barn

Chamber Music at the Barn (Maize, KS)

(June – August) Chamber Music at the Barn at Prairie Pines has been serving Wichita-area concertgoers since 1997. In contrast to the sometimes buttoned-up aesthetic of the concert hall, the Prairie Pines campus allows for classical music in an informal rural setting. Visitors may purchase tickets with or without the inclusion of a pre-concert dinner buffet outdoors. ...more...

Wichita Symphony

Wichita Symphony

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1944 and today, boasts 84 part-time musicians and over 85 concerts each year. Concerts include the Classic Series, Pops concerts and a series of “Blue Jeans” concerts that invite informal dress and, through it’s education and outreach programs, the orchestra reaches more than 40,000 schoolchildren each year in its Young People’s Concerts and in-school performances. The Symphony is also frequently heard in performances …more…

Opera

Wichita Grand Opera

Wichita Grand Opera

When longtime opera administrators Parvan Bakardiev (who was also an acclaimed singer in Europe) and Margaret Ann Pent sought a new challenge in 2000, their eyes fell on Kansas. The Sunflower State was just one of two states without a major opera company. Bakardiev became general director and Pent the artistic director of the newly formed Wichita Grand Opera.

The couple drew on their vast network of connections to put their …more…

Jazz

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Wichita Jazz Festival

The Wichita Jazz Festival brings a unique perspective to the traditional jazz festival mold, emphasizing social consciousness (and the role of music in society) in addition to bringing nationally recognized jazz artists to town for performances and workshops. The focus of the past year’s festival has been the role of women in the arts, and the state of women’s health in general in the United States. The WJF brought notable …more…

Art Museums

Ulrich Museum of Art

Ulrich Museum of Art

As the region’s source for modern and contemporary art, the Ulrich Museum of Art connects viewers with artists and artworks that reflect our world today. Visitors explore and enjoy 20th- and 21st-century art that often newly considers established artistic traditions and develops fresh creative paradigms.

In addition to the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, named one of the Top Ten campus sculpture collections by Public Art Review magazine in 2006, …more…

Wichita Art Museum

Wichita Art Museum

The Wichita Art Museum, the largest in the state of Kansas, has nearly 7,000 works in the permanent collection representing three centuries of American paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts. The museum’s unique glass collection is another focus of the permanent collection, and includes a donated private collection of more than 200 goblets and other pressed glass and a growing collection of historic and contemporary examples of Steuben …more…

Theater

Music Theatre of Wichita

Music Theatre of Wichita

Kansas’s premiere destination for large scale Broadway musicals, Music Theatre of Wichita has throughout its nearly 40-year history provided outstanding takes on traditional favorites (Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof,Kiss Me Kate) and the occasional area premiere (Honk!, High School Musical). It has also earned a reputation as one of the country’s top summer theatres along the way. Known for its New York caliber production values, MTW’s elaborate stagings make full use …more…

Classical Music

Chamber Music at the Barn

Chamber Music at the Barn (Maize, KS)

(June – August) Chamber Music at the Barn at Prairie Pines has been serving Wichita-area concertgoers since 1997. In contrast to the sometimes buttoned-up aesthetic of the concert hall, the Prairie Pines campus allows for classical music in an informal rural setting. Visitors may purchase tickets with or without the inclusion of a pre-concert dinner buffet outdoors. ...more...

Wichita Symphony

Wichita Symphony

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1944 and today, boasts 84 part-time musicians and over 85 concerts each year. Concerts include the Classic Series, Pops concerts and a series of “Blue Jeans” concerts that invite informal dress and, through it’s education and outreach programs, the orchestra reaches more than 40,000 schoolchildren each year in its Young People’s Concerts and in-school performances. The Symphony is also frequently heard in performances …more…

Opera

Wichita Grand Opera

Wichita Grand Opera

When longtime opera administrators Parvan Bakardiev (who was also an acclaimed singer in Europe) and Margaret Ann Pent sought a new challenge in 2000, their eyes fell on Kansas. The Sunflower State was just one of two states without a major opera company. Bakardiev became general director and Pent the artistic director of the newly formed Wichita Grand Opera.

The couple drew on their vast network of connections to put their …more…

Jazz

wichitajazz

Wichita Jazz Festival

The Wichita Jazz Festival brings a unique perspective to the traditional jazz festival mold, emphasizing social consciousness (and the role of music in society) in addition to bringing nationally recognized jazz artists to town for performances and workshops. The focus of the past year’s festival has been the role of women in the arts, and the state of women’s health in general in the United States. The WJF brought notable …more…