THE COLOR LINE explores the axis of neighborhood stratification as defined by labor, migration and racialized identities in North Wichita’s most iconic neighborhoods.
The exhibition unfolds as a multifaceted journey through the making and re-making of Wichita’s NorthEnd and Northeast neighborhoods, highlighting some of the people and communities who have held this community proud.
These neighborhoods, located in the city’s urban core, are living examples of a historic and systemic lack of access to resources necessary to grow and sustain a strong social fabric. Despite this palpable institutional neglect, north Wichita neighborhoods are rich in history and character.
This exhibition will feature thirty (30) photo portraits, audio and video interviews of North Wichita neighborhood residents by photographers Ashwin G Raj, Alexis Rivierre, Xavier Raul, and Juan Carlos Garcia. The portraits will be accompanied by cultural and historical data collected by the project canvassers through a door-to-door engagement campaign in 2018. The exhibit will also feature a selection of items from the grain elevator mural production, created by Colombian artist GLeo at the Beachner Grain Elevator.
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This exhibition is sponsored by The Seed House-La Casa de la Semilla and made possible with the financial support of the Knight Foundation, Humanities Kansas, Wichita State University, Harris & Co. Frame Shop, and generous private and corporate donors.
The Kansas African American Museum
601 N Water St, Wichita, KS 67203