Wichita State University dancers performed at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University in 2011. EAGLE FILE PHOTO
Last week, the Wichita Art Council hosted a mayoral candidate forum to discuss the arts in the city. There are 10 candidates, including Jeff Longwell, Lavonta Williams, Sam Williams, Jennifer Winn, Dan Heflin, and Robert Culver among others. The forum was attended by about 200 people from the arts community. The overall feeling from them is that “If you want votes from the arts community, you’re going to have to learn your stuff.”
“I’m very disappointed and frustrated with the things that were shared tonight. If anything, it showed the lack of understanding of the impact the arts can have in a community and what artists actually need to thrive in a place like this,” said Armando Minjarez, an artist who works at the Seed House: Casa de la Semilla and is founder of the ICT Army of Artists.
In spite of that, all of the candidates say they support the arts. Some of the current members understand what needs to be done moving ahead in the future, but some of the new candidates have a vision too – including a possible real river walk much like San Antonio. In the end the Art Council did not endorse any 1 candidate. The primary will narrow the candidates to 2 on March 3 with the election on April 7. Read the full article here