AN AUDIO STORYTELLING PROJECT
Beyond: Wichita is a project with the goal of finding common ground between Wichitans who feel disconnected from each other by sharing their true-life stories in their own words. We are currently looking for your most memorable Riverfest stories! If you have a story you'd like to share, please fill out the form below.
SHARE YOUR RIVERFEST STORY BY FILLING OUT THIS FORM.
About Beyond Wichita:
The Beyond project is centered around recording and compiling stories that provide a window into the varied and colorful lives led by those who live in Wichita. The concept for this project was inspired by artist Paris Cunningham's return to Wichita after leaving grad school. She contemplated why she felt this strong urge to leave Wichita as quickly as possible and wanted to know if other Wichitans felt the same and why.
Paris came to the conclusion that she lacked connection to the city, “I've spent most of my life in this city and around the people who live here, but I have no idea who they truly are, how they got here, and what fuels their lives”. Beyond: Wichita was created to discover what the lives of people in Wichita look like to better understand their relationships with the city and what keeps us here or propels us to leave.
Paris is a visual artist and musician from Wichita, Kan., and is the curator of collections at The Kansas African American Museum. In May 2016, she graduated from Prairie View University with a bachelor of science in psychology. She also attended Florida State University from 2016-2017 to pursue a master's degree in art therapy. Paris enjoys cultivating spaces, artwork and music that facilitate a sense of understanding and connection with those that encounter her work.