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Por: Juan Pablo Garnham

En la muralla se veía una pareja birracial: ella con una bandera mexicana y él con una bandera estadounidense. Y, sobre ellos, acompañándolos, la frase “la inmigración es bella”. Ese era el mural que estudiantes de Wichita, en Kansas, pintaron en septiembre de 2013. Unos meses después, el teléfono de Armando Minjarez sonó temprano en la mañana. “Mi amiga Claudia me llamó y me dijo que lo habían rayado. Decía ‘KKK’, ‘wetbacks’ [espaldas mojadas] y ‘no more welfare’ [no más beneficios]. Ese día yo tenía mi agenda completa, pero todo quedó en segundo plano”, recuerda Minjarez.

 

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BY MATT RIEDL

Armando Minjarez was lost.

Driving around north Wichita, while trying to find the Boys and Girls Club entrance on Opportunity Drive, he noticed a group of girls playing on a neighborhood street. In the horizon behind them loomed a giant concrete grain elevator towering over the neighborhood from Wichita’s industrial core.

The Wichita artist got to thinking: what if that drab, monolithic specter dominating the neighborhood was instead colorful?

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“Horizontes,” or “Horizons,” is a community project that focuses on solidarity between Wichita’s North End and northeast neighborhoods. Minjarez says there will be a series of murals through an industrial corridor, including artwork on a giant grain elevator. Community engagement workshops will center on the experiences of people of color in Wichita.

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PERSPECTIVES – where we give Wichitans the opportunity to tell their side of a common story.

Adam Hartke, events director at Wichita Festivals and co-owner of Barleycorn’s, deserves much of the credit for the resurgence of Wichita’s live music scene. Under his guidance, the Riverfest lineup has continually improved, attracting acts including The Roots, The Flaming Lips and Common. Barleycorn’s is also a haven for live music from both local and touring acts.

Armando Minjarez is a Wichita-based interdisciplinary artist and community activist whose work has largely focused on the ideas of community, diversity and cultural identity. Minjarez was recently awarded $100,000 from the Knight Foundation for his project, “Horizontes,” which will bring large-scale murals to north Wichita, including one on a grain elevator near 21st and Broadway.

Together, Hartke and Minjarez represent art and music — two dynamic aspects of Wichita’s overarching cultural and artistic identity. Here are their thoughts on where that identity stands and how we can continue to cultivate it.

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https://www.kansas.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/keeper-of-the-plans/article213793894.html

BY MATT RIEDL

Horizontes, the grant-funded art initiative in Wichita’s North End and Northeast neighborhoods, announced Friday it has commissioned 16 murals from 14 different artists to be painted this summer.

 

https://www.kansas.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/keeper-of-the-plans/article215971095.html

BY MATT RIEDL

Wichita’s North End was known for its murals way before they were en vogue.

The neighborhood, which is heavily populated by people of Latino and Southeast Asian descent, has for years been home to some of Wichita’s most impressive murals.

Count nine more among them.

Last week, artists with the Horizontes project painted nine new murals in north Wichita — including two near the historic Dunbar Theatre at 9th and Cleveland.

http://www.communityvoiceks.com/arts_and_entertainment/books_and_arts/dunbar-theater-mural-is-part-of-horizontes-project/article_7aa6b2ac-ac8e-11e8-8682-e74187dc6c5a.html

When you’re in Wichita’s Dunbar District for Melanin Festival Labor Day weekend, make sure to check out two new murals installed this summer.

One is on the west side of the historic Dunbar Theater, the other is on the east side of the once-booming commercial strip on the Northeast corner of 9th and Cleveland.

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