The Wichita Art Museum receives $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – The Wichita Art Museum is one of only five organizations in Kansas to have been selected to receive $100,000 from the National Endowment, the city of Wichita announced Friday.

US Rescue Plan (ARP) funding is intended to help the arts and culture sector recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. It totals $57 million nationwide.

“The purpose of supporting the National Endowment for the Arts with US Rescue Plan funding has been to ‘get creative workers back to work,'” said WAM Director Dr. Patricia McDonnell. “The Wichita Art Museum plans to do just that with this special grant. Frontline workers have had reduced hours because programs have moved online or been canceled during the pandemic.

The city said WAM will return to full, in-person programs in 2022. Front-line employees, such as hostesses, gallery attendants, special-event assistants and museum store vendors, will return also during normal hours. WAM will also add a Community Partnerships Coordinator, a new position in the museum’s strategic plan for stronger community collaborations and shared programming. To learn more, visit

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