Wichita street art to send message of non-violence

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – If you’re looking for family fun this weekend the Douglas Design District will be bursting with color and activities for their annual Avenue Art Days.

KSN spoke with event organizers about why the weekend is about more than the murals being painted.

“We have really amazing things in town and we’re hoping this attracts other people to come visit but also to stay here,” said Armando Minjarez, an artist with ICT Army of Artists.

Minjarez painted some of the murals in the fall and is coming back this weekend to paint a new mural underneath the I-135 overpass on Douglas along the bike trail.

Today kicks off phase two of Avenue Art Days.

It’s a combined effort of local artists, businesses and more than 200 volunteers to share a message.

The event first started last fall with seven murals painted across the district.

This weekend, 15 murals will be painted and now, organizers say there’s a greater message behind the art.

“Last year we lost two great women in our district that are really cornerstones for the Douglas Design District,” said Janelle King, a Douglas Design District board member.

Tanya Tandoc, owner of Tanya’s Soup Kitchen and Angie Mallory, co-owner of Donut Hole; two staple businesses in the Douglas Design District.

So this year’s theme is “Peace, love, art,” with a focus on non-violence.

“We wanted to in a way, honor them and just create a celebration of life out of this instead of just letting our district get down,” King said.

Starting today, artists will paint for two days and on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. the community is invited to enjoy the art along with a “Pathway to Peace” chalk walk, food trucks and yard games at East High.

“All these efforts are showing that there can be collaboration between civic entities, private enterprise and the public,” Minjarez said.

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