Jordan Kirtley

Marketing Manager

Jordan Kirtley is an artist and designer native to Wichita. Jordan graduated from Wichita State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in studio art and a minor in entrepreneurship. Since January 2015, she has held various roles at KMUW, the first being graduate student intern and the most recent being Marketing Manager. More casually she is known as KMUW’s “in-house artist,” having designed the latest iteration of the KMUW logo and the graphics for KMUW’s many podcasts and programs. Her favorite design thus far is a tie between My Fellow Kansans and Hindsight: Looking Back on 100 Years of Women's Suffrage.

Jordan was offered the opportunity to write and voice a limited-run commentary in March 2020. Next Best Thing highlights ways to say connected under stay-at-home orders, with a focus on local community connections. Her management of the station's website, KMUW.org, received second place from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in 2020 along with Nadya Faulx, Beth Golay and Hugo Phan.

In her freetime, Jordan likes to make artwork with whatever currently strikes her fancy (she’s been a printmaker, painter, weaver, digital illustrator, collager, muralist). She’s currently pursuing, albeit slowly, an animation degree through WSU’s Media Arts program. Her artwork has been exhibited at CityArts, Wichita State University, Friends University and Mark Arts. She serves on the volunteer alliance for WSU’s Ulrich Museum of Art.

 

Ways to Connect

February is Black History Month, and there are several local opportunities to be entertained and informed this month and well beyond.

If, like me, you miss trivia night at your favorite local bar, get a cocktail to go instead and check out nprpresents.org. There you’ll find the virtual trivia nights that NPR hosts on a regular basis, with a rotating lineup of familiar NPR voices.

Wichita’s NEA Big Read kicks off this Saturday with a live celebration at 2:30 p.m. on KPTS Channel 8. Usually held in October, last year’s program was pushed back to January 9 through February 21 of this year. The selection is Circe by Madeline Miller — a novel that focuses on the lesser known Greek goddess.

 

One of my favorite things to do over the holidays is curl up with a blanket and some hot cocoa and watch something festive. Once you’ve blown through all six episodes of The Great British Baking Show: Holidays specials on Netflix, consider adding these local offerings to your queue.

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Yes, the winter holidays are going to be different this year, but rather than sulk, let’s look for new ways to come together and honor the holiday season.

Courtesy AIGA Wichita


Last Friday was the First Friday of November, but if—like me—you were still recovering from election night, then you weren’t in any shape to leave the house for an art crawl.

  

Thankfully, that week is over, and the exhibition Depth of Field: A Wichita Photo Album is still on display.

Courtesy Tanganyika Wildlife Park


Halloween will be here soon, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate outdoors with the little ones:

Courtesy Wichita Symphony

A typical October in Wichita is jam-packed with festivals, fairs and events. Although things are quite different this time, there's still plenty to do outside and online, and some venues are beginning to reopen for in-person events, with certain restrictions in place. 

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

Now that we've made it through the dog days of summer, I can once again wholeheartedly endorse outdoor activities. Here are some options that allow for social distancing:

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As a public radio employee, I’m embarrassed to admit that I just discovered nprpresents.org. NPR calls it “your evolving guide to feeling human during the COVID-19 pandemic.” I can’t say that it will live up to that description, but clearly we’re all NPR fans here, so I encourage you to check it out.

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