WICHITA, Kan. – As a young, wide-eyed girl, Sonia Greteman found fuel for her creative fire as a drawing and painting student at the Wichita Art Association, now known as Mark Arts. She had no way of knowing that someday, as Greteman Group’s president and creative director, she would be part of this life-changing organization’s renaming, rebranding, relocation and reintroduction. Or that Mark Arts would recognize Greteman Group for its generous pro bono support.
That honor will be celebrated at a reception 5:30-7:30, Friday evening, June 4. Greteman Group and Janice Van Sickle each are being named a volunteer of the year. The agency has a long history of supporting Mark Arts. Most recently, it donated services to tell the organization’s 100-year-strong story.
“I’ve been inspired by the move to the prominent location and the addition of a new, gorgeous learning environment,” says Greteman. “This center provides nonstop innovation ¬¬– like the culinary arts program – and lively programming and opportunities for all ages and segments of our community. To be acknowledged by this cultural hub means a great deal.”
The agency worked with Mark Arts staff and volunteers to create a commemorative, softbound book that takes readers through the organization’s founding in 1920 as the Wichita Art Association, its transformation to the Wichita Center for the Arts in 1990 and relocation to a purpose-built campus on East Central, and its further evolution to Mark Arts and move in 2017 to a 40,000-square-foot center on a 17-acre campus at the corner of 13th and Rock. Of course, the book is about much more than organizational and physical structures. It highlights pivotal individuals, art movements and collections, all supported by a minimalist design that emphasizes large-scale, stunning photography.
“It’s our honor to recognize Greteman Group for being such a dedicated, long-term partner for Mark Arts,” says Katy Dorrah, Mark Arts CEO. “Its team of pros helped us create a treasured keepsake spanning a century of milestones and accomplishments – and to position us for the adventures ahead.”
ABOUT GRETEMAN GROUP
Greteman Group has developed an international reputation as an aviation-specialty marketing agency based in Wichita, Kan. – the Air Capital. Leading aircraft manufacturers, flight support, aftermarket services, fractional ownership, insurance, in-flight Wi-Fi, regional airlines and airport analytics have entrusted their brands to Greteman Group. Clients include FlightSafety International, Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, Clay Lacy Aviation, JetHQ, USAIG, King Aerospace, EPIC Fuels, Signature Flight Support, Vantis, Piedmont Airlines and Aviation Partners. It also supports causes and clients such as the Tallgrass Film Association, Mark Arts, the City of Wichita, Wichita Water Partners, AGC Kansas, GLMV Architecture and MKEC Engineering. The firm is a founding member of the Wichita Aero Club and a longstanding member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Since its founding in 1989, this certified women-owned business enterprise (WBE) has developed a team of purpose-driven pros.