ShiftSpace, Wichita Festivals to light up downtown Wichita in November


Downtown will glow from the light of illuminated art works from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, during the First Friday gallery crawl. 

“Get Lit: A Night of Light” is a collaboration between Wichita State’s ShiftSpace Gallery and Wichita Festivals Inc. The event will take place near the gallery’s location at Groover Labs, 334 St. Francis Ave. 

ShiftSpace invites WSU students and community members to build an inflatable bubble using simple materials and step-by-step instructions provided by guest artist Kylie Brown, creator of the MULTIBUBBLE project.

“When we started to think about ways of safely coming together as a community, building literal bubbles made a lot of sense,” said Kristin Beal, ShiftSpace gallery manager. “The pandemic has changed our typical patterns of behavior, but we can still celebrate the power of art, which is open to everyone.” 

Up to 20 free MULTIBUBBLE kits are available to WSU students. They include plastic sheeting, tape, velcro, and a loaner fan courtesy of Vornado. Community members may also join but will have to purchase their own materials at a cost of about $60. All participants can register and find more information at

“Depth of Field: A Wichita Photo Album,” a collaboration between WFI and the Wichita chapter of AIGA, will also debut during the November First Friday event. The illuminated art installation salutes the citizens who have shaped Wichita history. It will be installed in windows in the downtown area from Nov. 6-16. 

Wichita State University serves as the Kansas urban-based research university, enrolling more than 20,000 students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.

Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Wichita State University provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the Wichita State University main campus, is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.

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