WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Betty and Art Wood, neither of whom graduated from WSU, have gifted $1 million from their estate to support the Music Associates Endowed Fund at Wichita State.

The department says that the couple had supported them financially for more than 30 years. Art even served as a member of the Music Associates Board of Directors, including a term as chair.

“Art and Betty were incredibly committed to supporting students in the arts at Wichita State, and we are amazed by the magnitude of this gift and their generosity,” says Ann Marie Siegwarth, senior director of development for the College of Fine Arts. “The legacy they’ve left with this gift will create incredible opportunities for WSU students for generations to come.”

Art and Betty began contributing to the fund in 1994 and have been dedicated supporters for over the years. The Music Associates Fund has been used for student scholarships, student projects, guest artists, and activities benefitting the WSU School of Music. 

“Private support for the Music Associates Fund at Wichita State has opened doors for meaningful experiences for our students through the years,” says Timothy Shade, director of the School of Music, director of bands, and coordinator of the graduate wind conducting program at Wichita State. “This is one of the largest donations the College of Fine Arts has ever received, and I’m overwhelmed thinking about the many ways this will benefit our students and programs.”