Wichita has a strong artistic community, and the recent development of events like Final Friday and Avenue art days have helped to further unify Wichita and its artists.
As its name suggests, Final Friday takes place on the last Friday of every month. The event places a large emphasis on the integral role that art plays in Wichita as a community. The Final Friday art crawl spans most on downtown Wichita, with many restaurants, retail shops, art galleries and museums hosting demonstrations by local artists, and allowing artists to display and sell their works. Though prime Final Friday hours are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., many participating locations also offer extended hours, staying open later than usual to accommodate visitors. Many local galleries debut new collections or hold closing receptions for travelling exhibits during Final Friday.
Local artist Caitlin Nicole Atterberry displayed her paintings at Final Friday for the first time in June of 2016, and she was pleasantly surprised by the community response garnered by her work.
“I was actually very surprised at the amount of people that wanted to buy my art,” Atterberry said. "I actually sold seven out of 10 paintings."
"I think that Final Friday is a very good way to show support and all of the recent Avenue Art Days have shown support for local art," Atterberry added.
Avenue Art Days
Wichita’s support for its artistic community is also demonstrated at Avenue Art Days, a Douglas Design District initiative to revitalize the district with artwork, whether that means painting light poles or full-sized murals! This program operates in phases, taking on the district one section at a time.
For a schedule of events and details on Avenue Art days, check out the Facebook page for the event.