Wichita Falls Community Adds Splash of Color to Downtown

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Downtown has a little more color Thursday night following the Alliance for Arts and Culture’s community art project.
 
The goal is to transform the median between Kell East and Kell West at Travis Street into an outdoor gallery.
 
But they did run out of pickets for the fence within the first hour.
But thankfully they had plenty of pickets on standby for the ‘picket fence’ that will soon be showcased in downtown Wichita Falls.
 
It’s all part of a summer program for children and that motivated a variety of people to flex their artstic muscle tonight.
 
Blank pickets, bottles of paint and a dash of creativity.
All you need to bring budding artists and the community together. 
 
Madison Black is part of “Communities in Schools”,  a group that works with at risk kids by becoming a mentor.
She said art has been a success in the program, so they decided to contribute to the fence in hopes of influencing their students.
 
“We wanted to come out and do some art ourselves because we heard about this event and how this picket fence is gonna go up and lots of different young artists will see it,” Black said. “So we wanted to inspire some of our own young artists.” 
 
Also inspiring others, a member Aplha Kappa Alpha, who said she knows the value of giving back.
 
“I’ve been a member for fifty-years,” Rosie Flanigan said. “So, you know it’s kind of grown on me, but when we can serve people and we can see the results of it, it is just amazing.”
 
And as for what “Don’t Fence Me In” means to Flanigan…
 
 “There are no limits. There are no limits,” Flanigan said. “But when they can start flourishing and think outside and do things that have not been done and then go ‘Did I do that?’ It’s amazing.”
 
Flanigan and others, some who may be a Picasso in the making, hope the community will be awed once the fence is complete.
 

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