New Mark Arts building opens this weekend

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The new Mark Arts building at 13th and Rock Road will open its doors to the public this Saturday.

The community open house is scheduled for Saturday, January 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mark Arts is named after Liz Koch's mother-in-law, Mary Robinson Koch, who had a passion for the arts.

"I know it means a lot to Charles and to me because I was so proud to be her daughter-in-law," said Liz Koch, Honorary Trustee of Mark Arts. " I wish I could've done it in her lifetime, but, she'd be so very proud of this whole facility."

The Koch family and foundations donated more than $10-million in land and gifts for the new community arts center. 

In June 2016, it was announced that more than $7-million in private donations were raised during a capital campaign.

"It's a tremendous honor to be a steward of this facility for our entire community. It has been a wonderful experience to partner with so many different donors and patrons to bring this amazing vision to reality," said Katy Dorrah, executive director of Mark Arts.

The new 40,000-square-foot building features nine studios, new culinary arts studio, new digital arts studio, dedicated youth studio, gallery for national exhibitions, outdoor sculpture garden, and a great hall for special events.To learn more about classes at Mark Arts, click here.

To learn more about the exhibitions at Mark Arts, click here

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