I remember my first art class. The teacher. The tools. Even the smells of the paper and pigment. Art transformed my life, which helps explain why the changes underway at 13th and Rock make me want to jump high and shout loudly.
Wednesday’s groundbreaking and unveiling signify something truly great for our community. We celebrate the bold plans for the Wichita Center for the Arts’ new landmark campus, facility, name and identity. I’m proud of the role our agency played in the latter’s development. The name – Mark Arts – conveys the center’s vital contribution to our culture. Artists leave a maker’s mark on their work and I have every confidence this new center will make its mark on us both individually and collectively.
This baby’s no shrinking violet. She enters this world full of spunk. Challenging us to tap our imaginations. To reconnect with that spirit of discovery. To fulfill the yearning that compels us to create something. To imbue it not just with meaning. But with a piece of ourselves.
When the center opens in 2018, I hope you’ll enroll your child, yourself or your parent in one of its many classes. Throw a pot. Paint a picture. Carve a sculpture. There’s something for every age and skill level. Just come and be in the space. Peruse the gallery. Book something in its new meeting space. This won’t be just a building. Wait and see. It’s gonna move you.
Watch the progress by visiting MarkArtsKS.com. And plan how you’re going to use this fantastic resource.