“The purpose of the Art & Design Advocates shall be to support the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries and its students by providing funding and support for special needs and opportunities, not financed through state or municipal funds, which will enhance the tradition of Art & Design excellence at Wichita State University.”

The Art & Design Advocates board invites Wichita State students and faculty in the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries to submit funding requests for special projects and activities that fall outside the university’s normal funding channels. While the board will review all funding requests, priority will be given to projects that directly enhance the education and artistic expression of individuals or groups of students. The board customarily offers partial funding for one-time opportunities. As such, additional consideration will be given to projects with multiple funding sources, whether public or private. Potential requests might include, but are not limited to:

  • Student Materials
  • Equipment
  • Project-related travel
  • Visiting artist/scholar expenses
  • Students Conference expenses


Only Wichita State students and faculty in the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries are eligible. Complete the Art & Design Advocates Funding Request form. The form can be filled out and submitted on-line by clicking the link below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be facilitated by the school director at the board’s monthly meetings. The board meets on the 4th Monday of each month with no meetings scheduled in July and December. Requests should be made well in advance of the anticipated need date. Depending on the scope of the request, applicants may be asked to attend a board meeting to further discuss their proposal.

In the following form, applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Purpose of the request or project description
  • Estimate of total cost
  • Amount requested from Art & Design Advocates
  • Other potential sources for funding and/or funding requests
  • How will this request benefit you or the school?
  • How many students will directly benefit?

To apply, click here to access the form.