Philanthropist funds Wichita Art Museum admissions


Wichita philanthropist Colby Sandlian is ensuring that Saturday visits to the Wichita Art Museum will remain free.

Sandlian has donated $1 million to the Wichita Community Foundation to establish an endowed fund for the museum to continue free admissions.

Museum Director Patricia McConnell said in a news release that Saturday admissions account for nearly half of the museum’s annual attendance.

Sandlian has underwritten free-admission Saturdays at the art museum since 2003.

In 2017, Sandlian also funded Sunday admissions to Wichita’s Old Cowtown Museum but it is unclear if that will continue. The Wichita Art Museum is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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