Avenue Art Days Releases Mobile App
Want to see some of the cool murals in Wichita but not sure where to find them? You're in luck.
Avenue Art Days has launched their new mobile app to help locate and showcase the abundance of murals along Douglas Avenue.
The app comes as a response to efforts in previous years to help people locate completed murals. These efforts included an online map as well as printed versions, neither of which entirely met the need.
“We consistently had people asking for maps," said Janelle King, President of Douglas Design District, the organization that puts on Avenue Art Days. "We had a map sponsor and print sponsor create 500 printed maps for the year. These were available during the Avenue Art Days weekend that coincided with Open Streets ICT. The crowds came out in full force that day and we ran out of all 500 maps in less than a day!"
With the ever-increasing number of murals and continued strong interest in local art, Avenue Art Days needed a more flexible option. A mobile app fit the bill.
“With a mobile app, we have only an easily budgeted one-time up-front cost for each year that allows unlimited users, is easily updated and maintained to reflect up to date murals, and is more easily accessible and convenient for the user,” said King.
Future possible development of the app may include other Douglas Design District business inventories, events, and deals.
Avenue Art Days 2018
Avenue Art Days is the Douglas Design District's initiative to beautify the Douglas Avenue corridor between Washington and Hydraulic. The event has grown every year since it began in 2015.
From murals on the side of businesses to light poles and sidewalks, Avenue Art Days brings color and a unique voice to the streets of the Douglas Design District.
The 2018 Avenue Art Days are set to run during the Open Streets ICT festival September 21-23.
"We strive to build and grow the program each year and add new elements each time," said King. "Last year we introduced a 'Starving Artist' fund that gave the mural artists each a stipend for their work. In years prior artists volunteered their time."
"Avenue Art Days has created a destination district, encouraging a more pedestrian-friendly corridor of creativity," she continued. "It has showcased leadership in support of the local arts and cultural scene in Wichita."