As a consultant explained the need to bring future conventions to Wichita, Wayne Bryant grew concerned that discussions about the future of Century Two didn’t seem to include much about the arts. The director of Music Theater of Wichita raised his hand and said “time out”.
After a delay, the city council this week approved the start of a study of Century Two’s future that now includes consideration of the arts.
Bryant told the city council the arts are the largest employer of union stage hands and summer musicians, and the largest Century Two renter. They’re responsible for several hundred jobs every year. He asked that the arts be considered in the planning and the council agreed.
Wichita competes with other cities and states to attract and retain jobs, and is constantly looking for ways to make the city more attractive to business. Thanks to Wayne Bryant for pointing out that a city is not only about working, but also about culture and the overall quality of life.
Our thought for today is from L. Ron Hubbard:
“A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists.”