Importance of Wichita's first-ever Art Day of Giving fundraiser

Published On: Feb 18 2014 04:11:34 PM CST

Wichita’s first-ever, “Art Day of Giving (ArtDOG),” fundraising drive to support Wichita’s arts and cultural organizations is quickly approaching and aspirations for the event are high.  

The online fundraiser, which runs from 12:00 AM through 12:00 PM, on Friday, February 28, will give community members 24 hours to raise as much money as possible for their favorite local arts organization(s).

So, why is it important to support the arts?

Many members of the local arts community would argue that these organizations are a vital part of Wichita’s economy.

“Arts organizations produce significantly for our local economy, but they depend on the support of the public to maintain the quality we enjoy,” said Eric Cale, Museum Director of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum.

According to the Wichita Arts website, “the arts spur economic development in Wichita by attracting tourists, generating government and private revenue and most importantly creating jobs. Wichita’s arts industries generate more than $49 million in local economic activity and support over 1,500 full-time jobs.”

With the help of ArtDOG, the potential of raising thousands of dollars during one event, for over 35 local arts organizations, is possible for the first time.

Benefitting the most from this event will likely be the smaller arts organizations that are struggling with finances, especially with keeping up to pace on raising funds online. Through ArtDOG, these smaller organizations will gain the knowledge needed to use digital tools to help raise community awareness and funds online.

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