ROK ICT! - Wichita Art, Music and Entertainment

What was ROK ICT!?

In the summer of 2008, Jared Brickman founded ROK ICT! in an effort to garner attention for the music and arts community in Wichita, KS. What started as a simple events calendar, grew into a multi-faceted organization that participated in arts advocacy, published a comprehensive guide to the Wichita arts community and produced events.

What was the mission of ROK ICT!?

As stated in its mission statement:

"ROK ICT! is an organization working to foster a positive attitude for, and activity within, the Wichita arts community. We create and implement projects that focus on increasing communication, information accessibility, community involvement, and advocacy. Our organization performs a wide variety of activities, such as web development/hosting, event production, and coordinating volunteer efforts."

Tagline: "get out. get known. be a part of it."

Did it succeed?

In the sense that it garnered a greater awareness of the bounty of artistic talent Wichita, KS has to offer? Yes. In a way that allowed the organization to sustain itself and help create sustainable living wages for full time musicians, artists and the like? No.

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Letter from the Creator

Dear Wichita,

You are as congenial and supportive as a New York transplant could hope a MidWestern city would be. Thank you for so graciously welcoming me to your community and allowing me to take my best shot at a music career in your fair city. Truly, you harbor creative, passionate and dedicated arts professionals that rival those of any other locale and those people deserve the attention of the world.

There are many people whom, without their support, ROK ICT! and many of its creations would've remained a dream. To everybody who gave their time and their passion to the organization - thank you. I'd be remiss if I didn't offer my deep gratitude to a couple of friends:

First and foremost, my thanks goes to Jason Dilts. He deeply believed in a brighter future for the Wichita community and he helped me learn that there are many occasions (if not all) when congenitally (read: political correctness and good PR) trump impassioned japes. Though I may have had my differences with Adam Hartke, our friendship born of identical musical tastes, goofy senses of humor and a passion to help original musicians take the limelight will be one that I will not soon forget. Together, the three of us made up "those ROK ICT! guys" and I'm glad I had a chance to share the wild ride with them.

I learned a lot from my journey with ROK ICT! and will take with me lessons that I will heed for the remainder of my career. It's my hope, that at least in some small way, I was able to make a difference for the artists and the fans who call Wichita home. Ultimately, I wish the best for doo-dah and hope all of Wichita's talent continues to find means by which they can connect with fans.

Thanks again for letting me be a part of it.

Your fan,
Jared Brickman