Vibrant and colorful ‘street mural’ a mixed effort by many partnerships in the community
The Douglas Design District is pleased to announce that the painted streetscape project for the District is complete. It took two-days, over 50+ volunteers, and several committed businesses and community partners to complete.
“I am so incredibly pleased with just how beautiful it turned out,” Janelle King, board president of the Douglas Design District and owner of The Workroom said, “It really was quite the undertaking, but we had so many people step up and work hard to make this vision a reality, and it just really speaks to the heart of this community and the overall mission of the Douglas Design District.”
The design plan for the streetscape was originally created by Bill Gardner of Gardner Design. Gardner is also who originally created the current logo for the Design District. Plans were approved by the City of Wichita Design Council last December, and the City of Wichita agreed to provide the paint and employees from Traffic and Control Services to help. That left the execution of the project, including supplies, manpower, and large-scale stencils, back on the Douglas Design District. After calculating the cost of hiring a project manager to coordinate the lofty effort, as well as the cost of producing the stencils themselves, it was determined that almost $10,000 would be necessary to effectively complete the project.
Jill Docking stepped forward and donated money through a fund from the Wichita Community Foundation in honor of her late husband, Tom Docking. Docking felt like this project was exactly something that Tom would be pleased to be a part of, and she was happy to see the project to fruition in his honor. Docking came out to meet volunteers and students from WSU on Friday, April 20th as they gathered to complete the project. She even exclaimed during that meeting, ‘Oh Tom would just love this so much!’ Another project in honor of Tom is also slated for College Hill Park later this year.
Josh Tripoli was the lead artist and project manager for the painted streetscape, and handled all of the logistics including test runs of the stencils, and how to best utilize volunteers in moving and utilizing stencils. Kristin Beal from Harvester Arts, and a class of her students from WSU’s School of Art, Design and Creative Industries also helped in implementation, as well as did volunteers from East High School. Reverie Coffee Roasters, Jimmy’s Egg, and The Anchor all provided food and beverages for volunteers and students on the two days that painting occurred: April 13 and April 20 .