Projects

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Current

Recipients for 2018 include:

  • The Arkalalah Executive Committee to assist in funding the concert at the Rotunda in Wilson Park to initiate the community’s 87 th Annual Celebration of Arkalalah utilizing as a theme “Mardi Gras Madness”

  • The City of Arkansas City is a recipient of a Challenge Grant wherein the Foundation will assist in the financing of Wilson Park improvements including a water/splash pad for children which necessitated moving playground equipment to another location, partially enclosing the Wilson Park Rotunda to make it usable all year and to remove existing tennis courts to provide a Farmers Market with off-street parking;

  • The Arkansas City Arts Council has been approved a monetary Grant to assist in funding concerts and other entertainment to support the Burford Theatre by six (6) performances (one every other month);

  • The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce received a monetary Grant to assist in renovation of the Stan Herd Mural located in downtown Arkansas City;

  • The Foundation has issued a Challenge Grant to the Burford to assist in renovating the old soda fountain area north of the foyer for a catering kitchen;

  • The Foundation has offered $50,000.00 as a Challenge Grant with the remaining construction project cost of $25,000.00 to be funded on or before June 30, 2019;

  • In regard to the remaining unpaid pledge of the Foundation for the Burford Renovation Project, the Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Burford have agreed to establish an Endowed Operating Fund with portions of the remaining financial pledge as it is paid;

  • Camp Horizon received a Challenge Grant from the Foundation to assist in the financing and renovation of its recreation and performance area to become the Camp’s “social hub”;

  • The Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum was awarded a Grant for the development of a 3-D replica of the Etzanoa Native American Settlement installed on a 3 x 6 foot table, including lighted buttons and a narration to inform the patrons as to aspect of the Settlements. Additional monies were funded to assist in renovation of the facade of the Museum;

  • Cowley College Music was awarded a Grant for assisting in the upgrading of the College’s Band Room with electronic equipment;

  • Etzanoa Conservancy was awarded a Grant to provide “seed money” to assist in the financing of a Director of the Etzanoa Project;

  • Southwestern College’s Twelfth Annual Music Camp scheduled in June of each year will receive a Grant award;

  • USD #470 School District was awarded monies to continue in providing clinical performance opportunities by bringing renown Professionals and Clinicians to the Schools;

  • - providing travel and off-campus training to students - providing opportunities for student performances on the National and State levels with students matching the Foundation donation for fund raising events - improving conservancy and inventory of instruments, music, libraries and resources - providing professional development/training at events such as the Midwest Bank and Orchestra Clinic, the KMEA Music Conference and a National Conference and Vocal and Instrumental Music - and providing a Challenge Grant to the School District in regard to desired improvements at the Middle SchoolAuditorium. The Foundation is especially pleased with the special Music concert performed at the Arkansas City High School composed by Gary Gackstatter and dedicated to Etzanoa: “Earth, Sky, Rivers and People”.

Past

In 2014, the Foundation awarded $450,000 to the community. In 2015, the Foundation awarded $416,777.00 to the community. Recipients for 2015 included: the Arkansas City Area Arts Council to establish a “seeds mentoring” program to facilitate local artists seeking growth in their discipline and as well as growth of the Arkansas City Arts Program; the City of Arkansas City to pay for a master plan for Wilson Park and the additional 4.5 acre vacated hospital parcel located North of Birch Avenue, between 1st and 2nd Streets; the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum to complete installation of HVAC for its Theater area and updating its sound system; Cowley College for musical instruments and to initiate a Theater in the round featuring William Shakespeare’s “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream” will be performed; the Arkansas City Public Library to assist in converting micro-film to digital; the Chaplain Nature Center for rebuilding the staircase, providing access to the lower Forrest flood plain; and the Burford Renovation Project, which celebrated its completion in the fall of 2016.

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