On the last Friday night of each month‚ downtown Wichita’s museums‚ galleries and restaurants buzz with the latest in visual and performing arts. Final Fridays – the free after-hours event sponsored by Wichita’s CityArts pro gram – draw hundreds and even thousands of art lovers to the Old Town and Delano districts each month. The events highlight the strength of the cultural scene here.
More than 30 galleries‚ a strong music scene and low cost of living have made Wichita a draw to artists from all genres. The city is home to impressive art museums as well as a number of theaters and art schools. The recently renovated Wichita Art Museum houses one of the country’s premiere collections of American art‚ including works by Georgia O’Keefe and Edward Hopper.
Also in Wichita‚ the contemporary Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University features cutting-edge exhibits‚ including a dynamic out door sculpture collection. Artists can broaden their creative horizons at CityArts or at the Wichita Center for the Arts‚ the latter of which includes a gallery and 484-seat theatre for performing arts.
Thespians also will be delighted by the professional‚ Broadway-quality performances at The Music Theatre of Wichita. Stage One‚ the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Wichita Grand Opera are just a few more of the many outlets for creative expression and appreciation within the community.