top of page
Wichita Skyline

Mayor's Welcome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Brandon Whipple

Honorary Chair of Wichita Area Sister Cities

 

Message  from Mayor Whipple (click here) 

 

Mayor Brandon Whipple

Wichita City Council

(316) 268-4331

 

Brandon Whipple.jpg

President's Welcome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from our President (click here)

 

Teresa Molina

President 2022-2023

Wichita Area Sister Cities (WASC) 

Molina_Teresa-300x300.jpg

Mission

 

To promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation - one individual, one community at a time.

 

Purpose

 

Wichita Area Sister Cities (WASC) pursues exchanges with its sister cities in the following areas of interest:

 

Diplomatic - Mayor and City Council delegation visits

 

Cultural - group and individual exchanges

 

Educational - university programs for language development

 

Professional - ballet, music, chef, etc.

 

Tourism - group and individuals

 

Economic - searching business opportunities

 

Strategic Goals

 

Consistent with Sister Cities International, our strategic goals are:

 

  1. Cultural Exchange

  2. Partnership Building

  3. Business & Trade

  4. Community Development

  5. Youth & Education

 

More information from Sister Cities International

 

More...

Sister Cities International

 

Notice Board

- Click the following links to visit the WASC Facebook page or the pages for Mexico , China or France

- Click the following link to complete your membership form, save it, and email it to wichitaareasistercities@yahoo.com, then click the link "Pay dues & events" at the top of the page. 

 

Upcoming events

In 2023, WASC is celebrating the 50th anniversary of our strong relationship between Wichita and Orléans, France.

In August 1944, American soldiers, including the 137th Infantry from the Kansas 35th Division, liberated the people of Orléans, France from the Nazi occupation. Thus began the friendship between our two cities and, in 1973, Wichita and Orléans formally became Sister Cities.

Spearheading this 50th anniversary celebration is an international partnership which includes both the Wichita Area Sister Cities (WASC) and the Orléans-Wichita association, alongside WSU’s School of Music and French Department and their counterparts across the pond, the Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans.

Together, we are producing concerts and masterclasses in both Orléans and Wichita. In honor of this historic anniversary, the concerts will feature music from American and French composers.

At the end of the January, Jerry Scholl, WSU Percussion Professor and Wichita Symphony’s principal timpanist, will be traveling to France to perform Raise the Roof, Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra by Michael Daugherty. Daugherty is a world class award winning American composer whose music have been performed by every major orchestra worldwide.

Prior to that, Jerry will be giving a Sneak Peek performance of Raise the Roof and concert talk on January 17th at 7pm in Duerksen (DFA), on the WSU campus.

His counterpart, Vincent Mitterrand, principal trumpet of the Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans will be travelling to perform concerts here in Wichita in mid-February.

On February 19th at 3pm in Miller Concert Hall (WSU Campus), we will present the inaugural concert of the WSU Faculty Chamber Music Series. Vincent Mitterrand, Jerry Scholl and other music faculty will be featured performing Stravinsky’s “l’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldiers Tale), and the French libretto will be narrated by WSU’s French Faculty. We will also feature Vincent performing a selection of trumpet duets with Dr. David Hunsicker, WSU’s associate professor of trumpet. Dr Tim Jones, Associate Concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and WSU Assistant Professor of Music, will perform the Brahms Sonata No. 2 for violin accompanied by pianist Gene Philley.

Then on February 21st, Vincent will perform the Concerto for Trumpet by French composer Henri Tomasi with the WSU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Timothy Shade, Director of the School of Music.

To purchase tickets to the February 19th concert, click here:

https://wichita.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1487&r=d853cb8b530d4e6793ee82175be8008a

 

To purchase tickets to the February 21st concert, click here:

https://wichita.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1439&r=1a43c617a6ed43aab77b35f9e9d7b4b7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous events: 

- Kaifeng China Delegation:  November 29-December 2nd, 2022. Pictures from meeting with Mayor Whipple and Wichita Art Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WASC participating in the Wichita Riverfest Sundown Parade - June 3, 2022. Cyclists from our Sister City of Tlalnepantla, Mexico biked to Wichita to participate:

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35th Anniversary of our Sister City relationship with Kaifeng, China

                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Riverfest cyclists 2022.jpg
Riverfest picture 2022.jpg
China delegation 2022 with mayor 11-29-2022.JPG
China delegation 2022 Art museum 11-29-2022.JPG
L'Histoire Invitation February 19 JPEG(1).jpg
China Committee Flyer.png

Cities (click arrows to scroll through cities)

Kaifeng, P.R. China
Kaifeng, P.R. China

Kaifeng 开封, Henan 河南, P.R. China 中华人民共和国 Early in 1985, Wichita Mayor Robert Brown appointed a task force to study the desirability of establishing a Sister City relationship with a city in the Henan Province, a sister state to Kansas, People's Republic of China. The relationship became official on December 3rd and in September 1986, Mayor Brown led the first delegation to visit Mayor Zhu in Kaifeng.

press to zoom
Orléans, France
Orléans, France

On April 16th, 1944, the 137th Infantry of Kansas 35th Division liberated Orléans from Nazi occupation. In 1949, 1 1/7th Scale train was sent to Orléans as a gift. Orléans and Wichita became sister cities in 1974. That year, they exchanged statues of Joan of Arc and Blackbear Bosin's Keep of the Plains.

press to zoom
Tlalnepantla de Baz, México
Tlalnepantla de Baz, México

Wichita and Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico, became Sister Cities in 1973 when the Presidente Municipal (Mayor) Joaquin Rodriguez Lugo visited Mayor James Donnel in Wichita. A replica of Black Bear Bosin's Keeper of the Plains was presented to Tlalnepantla de Baz in 1975.

press to zoom
Kaifeng, P.R. China
Kaifeng, P.R. China

Kaifeng 开封, Henan 河南, P.R. China 中华人民共和国 Early in 1985, Wichita Mayor Robert Brown appointed a task force to study the desirability of establishing a Sister City relationship with a city in the Henan Province, a sister state to Kansas, People's Republic of China. The relationship became official on December 3rd and in September 1986, Mayor Brown led the first delegation to visit Mayor Zhu in Kaifeng.

press to zoom
1/4
45742f_29cdc348e2d944e9bb8dd45c8313419d.
France
Chair: Douglas Miller
Meets: 1st Sat Noon Watermark Books
45742f_3ef7c1bcde2f4d1e83804e1367181201.
China
Meets: 3rd Thursday 6:30 PM
45742f_61d9cdadcdd34e398693b57556f96203.
Mexico
Meets: 2nd Monday 
5:30 PM

See our Riverfest page for more details.

Economic Value of Sister Cities

Recently, ValueIdeas LLC published a report, "Measures that Matter," for Sister Cities International on the economic value of Sister Cities nationally and for particular cities. It is well worth reading.

Download PDF.

1/262

Join Sister Cities

 

Meet visiting delegates from China, France or Mexico and participate in official visits to our Sister Cities; make business, cultural or educational contacts; stay informed about visits and scholarships; practice your Spanish, French or Mandarin; and much more.

OUR SPONSORS & PARTNERS

City of Wichita.PNG
Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 11.32.57.png
Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 11.24.27.png
Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 11.23.37.png
Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 11.25.09.png
Screen Shot 2020-10-05 at 11.30.07.png
bottom of page