Harvester Arts’ core values are Experimentation, Capacity Building, and Community Engagement.
Our programming builds the creative capacity of the community through arts experimentation, public art projects, artist residencies, and professional development for artists.
Our exhibition programming is open to all art forms, but with a strong emphasis on installation and performance art. Resident Artists from across the country spend two-week residencies in Wichita to complete an installation of their work and act as catalysts with fresh ideas and dialogue. Local artists and writers, student groups and community members access the resident artist’s creative process and respond with new work through exhibitions, essays and/or events. Discussion sessions, artist talks, potlucks and exhibitions foster further creative explorations.
Chainlink Gallery Place is a place for the community to experiment, be creative, build, lounge, relax, and enjoy. At the location of the former Pop-Up Park on Douglas between Main & Market, the site is being transformed into an experimental space meant to serve as an oasis for creative activity within the heart of downtown. Chainlink Gallery Place is facilitated by Harvester Arts, in partnership with Bokeh Development, Wichita Community Foundation, Lifeboat Creative and with support from the Kansas Creative Arts & Industries Commission and Knight Foundation.
We’re growing every day—expanding programming, embracing new partners, and working to increase the capacity for creatives in Wichita and the surrounding area! In that spirit, the Harvester Arts team created a video to introduce ourselves and tell our story to those who haven’t met us yet. Have a friend who’s looking for a fun volunteer opportunity? Know an artist who could use some guidance or a place to share their work? Maybe your employer would like to sponsor a Harvester Arts event or initiative. Pass along our new sizzle reel so they can get to know us!
Harvester Arts received funding for general operational support from the City of Wichita, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For 12 years, the City of Wichita has granted funding to local arts organizations to recognize, preserve and celebrate Wichita’s rich arts and cultural heritage - a heritage that has a tremendous impact on all residents’ quality of life. In addition, Harvester Arts was supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Harvester Arts is doing the critical work required to examine its structures, roles, processes and practices to ensure they are fair, equitable and anti-racist, and that our actions reflect these values. In light of this, the Harvester Arts Board of Directors and programming are undergoing restructuring. We are actively engaging with a diversity and inclusion trainer to move the organization toward change and growth with accountability.
Please feel free to contact us with questions and comments.