Fringe on top: class contributes to downtown placemaking project


A class project brought color to the sky above Wichita — and helped one student land a job.

Students in Kristin Beal's Intro to Community & Social Practice collaborated with Downtown Wichita and Best Fringe Forever to design and execute a fringed canopy for Gallery Alley, the outdoor art space near Douglas Avenue and St. Francis.

Students designed the color scheme and then produced and helped install the canopy.

“We would not have been able to do this without their help,” said Katherine Fugit, co-owner of Best Fringe Forever. “We cut the material, gave them some training and then they self-directed after that.”

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