WAM’s Art Garden was recognized with three significant awards in 2017:
The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Keeper of the Plains Award: The award celebrates an architectural achievement that enhances the landscape of Wichita. The requirements for this award include: aesthetic quality; improvement to the physical environment; visibility to the general public; and a well-maintained appearance. (See the Chamber’s Honors Night video below of the Art Garden.)
Wichita Arts Council Chris Cherches Award: An award presented by the Design Council to honor excellence in public art. The award is in honor of Chris Cherches, Wichita’s city manager for 18 years, who was a strong advocate for the arts in this community.
Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Prairie Gateway Chapter: The award recognizes specific works of landscape architectural design with an emphasis on projects that exhibit a relationship to planning and a framework for larger than the immediate site. Judging criteria include the quality of the design, functionalism, relationship to context, environmental responsibility, and relevance to the profession, the public, and the environment.