Citizens Committee Recommends Building New Performing Arts Center, Looks Forward to Citizens Seeing Choices for Century II Building vs. Community Gathering Space

The Century II Citizens Advisory Committee was proud to present the results of its work, on behalf of our fellow citizens, to outline a path forward for performing arts facilities that can serve our community with excellence for decades to come.

The committee’s recommendations combine inspiration and ambition with practicality and accountability. The plan achieves excellence and is the bold path forward, at the lowest price.

Citizens should stay tuned as the City works alongside private-sector leaders to move forward, because there will be more opportunities to weigh in as we make important choices for our region’s cultural and economic future. If you would like to have committee members discuss our findings with your neighborhood or civic group, please email us.

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Committee members:

Mary Beth Jarvis (Chairwoman)

President and CEO, Wichita Festivals

Aaron Bastian

President, Fidelity Bank

Tara Clary

Director of Marketing, High Touch Technologies

Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade

Economic Development, Westar Energy

Karla Fazio


Tom Frye

Actor, theatre educator

Brian Heinrichs

Chief Financial Officer, Intrust Bank

Quinn Lake

Musician and music educator

Matt Michaelis

Chairman, President & CEO, Emprise Bank

Dr. Dennis Ross


Jennifer Rygg

Architect and Principal, Rygg Design

Larry Weber

Vice President, Builders Inc./Garvey Building