Fine Arts


The Fine Arts Department offers a diverse range of exciting curricular and extra-curricular programs. More than 250 teachers instruct students in music, theater, and visual arts programs in 82 schools. The extensive Fine Arts Curriculum designed and implemented in the Wichita Public Schools aligns with the Kansas Department of Education Standards and the National Standards for Arts Education.

Vision Statement
The USD 259 Fine Arts Department will be the premier showcase for arts-in-education for the state of Kansas, where a rigorous Fine Arts curriculum is valued and supported through equitable resources and is connected to the community.

Mission Statement
USD 259 Fine Arts Teachers are dedicated to the advancement of individual/cultural understanding and appreciation through the study of Fine Arts by providing high-quality, standards-based Fine Arts experiences grounded in integrity, creativity and innovation.

Big News
Women's Ensemble Invitational

Hosted by Southeast High School, the Women’s Ensemble Invitational features high school choral groups performing beautiful popular selections, hymns, and American, English, Irish and African folk songs with piano and percussion accompaniment.

Bandorama Video
The Wichita High School marching bands all performed at Band-O-Rama on Monday, Oct. 26th at South High School. See a compilation of performances put together by Media Productions here: ​

A Celebration of Fine Arts!
Education Edge Fine Arts Gift Fund
The EDGE has provided $19,000 for Fine Arts Gift Fund priorities for the 2015-16 year. This includes the purchase of three string basses, two baritone horns and a flute for the district's music program, two kilns for visual arts classes and ten wireless microphones for auditorium programs. Since 2006, the fine arts fund has improved auditorium sound and stage lighting for student performances and purchased visual arts equipment and beginning band & orchestra instruments.
+ Beth Janssen, Visual Arts
+ Eric Crawford, Instrumental Music-Orchestra
+ Holly Taylor, Vocal Music
+ Kimberly Nyquist, Fine Arts Secretary
+ Maranda Wilson, Instrumental Music-Band
+ Martha Gates, Drama
+ Shawn Chastain, Executive Coordinator
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