Tag: V.J. Wilkins Memorial Foundation

Fall Friday Family Movie Series ends Nov. 3 with Beauty and the Beast

The 2017 Fall Friday Family Movie Series will end at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 in Arkansas City with a Disney movie under the Wilson Park rotunda, 701 N. Summit St. The 2017 live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, cosponsored by the Optimists and Soroptimists of Arkansas City, is a […]

Wilson Park train re-dedication, Arkalalah kickoff, free film planned Oct. 24

The City of Arkansas City will be host to a special Arkalalah kickoff event that features a train unveiling and re-dedication Oct. 24 at Wilson Park. The first step in the Wilson Park Master Plan, the restoration of the park’s famous train engine, has been occurring under a covered structure […]

Scholars, donors pack Wright Room for Cowley scholarship reception

Cowley College’s Earle N. Wright Community Room played host Oct. 3 to a record turnout of individuals attending the Cowley College Foundation’s annual scholarship reception. The event, now in its seventh year, brings together scholarship recipients with the community members, donors and alumni who donated money to the foundation in […]

SEEDS program announces final exhibit and performances Sept. 23

The SEEDS artist mentoring program has announced that its visual and music artists will give their final performances and art exhibits Sept. 23, and the public is invited. At 12 p.m., music mentor Tim Durham and his mentee, Cody Griesel, will give a one-hour community performance, entitled “Acoustics Unplugged,” under the […]

Downs, Flickinger, Cowley alumni help to paint new downtown mural

A brand-new mural depicting elements of Arkansas City’s history now decorates a downtown wall thanks to the collaboration of local artists and the Arkansas City Area Arts Council. Thanks to a grant from the V.J. Wilkins and Legacy foundations, as well as the Warrender Trust, Arkansas City Area Chamber of […]

Commission decreases external funding, adds COLA in new draft budget

The City Commission of Arkansas City asked city staff during a budget work session July 14 to generate a new proposed 2018 budget that it will consider July 18. Specifically, the commissioners proposed reducing Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum’s requested $100,000 to $75,000 and the Arkansas City Area Chamber of […]

V.J. Wilkins Foundation announces $500K Challenge Grant for Wilson Park

The V.J. Wilkins Memorial Foundation has generously announced a $500,000 Challenge Grant toward the advancement of the Wilson Park Master Plan. The grant is contingent on matching funds, but could result in up to $1 million being invested to kick off the plan if the full $500,000 can be matched. […]

Outdoor Movie Series resumes May 12 with Star Wars doubleheader

The 2017 Outdoor Friday Family Movie Series will resume May 12 in Arkansas City with a Star Wars doubleheader at the Wilson Park rotunda, 701 N. Summit St. The recent blockbuster hit, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” will play at 7 p.m., preceded by another showing of the Wilson […]

Special Arbor Day celebration, tree planting will be held at Wilson Park

Residents are urged to come to Wilson Park on April 28 for a special Arbor Day celebration that will double as the “groundbreaking” of the Wilson Park Master Plan. The event — sponsored by the City of Arkansas City, the Beautification and Tree Advisory Board, the Arkansas City Area Chamber […]

Sturd, Judd return home to participate in ACHS Jazz Band concert April 17

Arkansas City native and Nashville, Tennessee-based professional percussionist Michael Sturd will make a special appearance as a guest artist with the Arkansas City High School Jazz Band. This appearance will take place during a jazz concert at 7 p.m. April 17 in the ACHS auditorium. The concert is free and […]