Wichita is a pipeline of creativity and expression, with a raging art scene adding a little color to the city. From urban art styles like murals to miniature sculptures of the iconic Keeper of the Plains, Wichita grows talented artists of all mediums, and the community often comes together to celebrate their work.
With multiple art festivals celebrating local creativity, Wichita offers many permanent pieces adorning the sides of businesses – many in the Douglas Design District. Take yourself on a photo-inspiring mural tour and see how many works of art you can find or search for that perfect selfie hotspot. Every year, during Avenue Art Days, more than a dozen murals are revealed as painters team up to beautify downtown Wichita. From historical representations to intense Wichita pride, passion for expressiveness and community collaboration can be seen on display from Delano to College Hill.
Avenue Art Days is a local project to bring art to the community, allowing artists and designers to enhance color in the Douglas Design District. This initiative was created to encourage and inspire artists to step out of their comfort zones and share their gifts with Wichita. The project was started in 2015, and organizers unveil murals in conjunction with Open Streets ICT each September.
When strolling along the streets of downtown Wichita, visitors can interact with a unique collection of street art along Douglas Avenue. Created by Washington artist Georgia Gerber from 1997-2001, this 31-piece installment are placed along a four-block area of downtown Wichita. From bronze sculptures of animals to kids playing games to a piece commemorating the 1958 Dockum Sit-In, see how many you can find during your visit.
"Two Steers" is a piece of artwork by artist John Kearney that sat in front of the old Kansas Coliseum for over 30 years. Two giant bulls made out of old bumper guards were created as a reminder of Wichita's place on the Chisholm Trail, where hundreds of thousands of cattle were driven along Douglas Avenue and through the Historic Delano District. The piece was separated for repairs with one of the steers moved to the Historic Delano District, while the other moving in front of Maize High School. Kearney also is known for two other pieces around town, including a horse and pig made out of the same steel bumper material.
While you’re in Wichita, be sure to travel to the Mid-America All-Indian Center to learn about the rich culture of the Plains Indians. The museum is home to the iconic Keeper of the Plains. This 44-ft.-tall monument has been recreated on a much smaller scale throughout the city. Here are just a few of the places you can go to find your own picturesque Keeper statue: