Sunday, March 29, 2020

Monday Murals: Nomar


Today I'm once again joining Sami at Sami's Colourful World and her Monday Murals. Although I'm posting at my regular time, please be aware that Sami's mural linky won't go live until 11:01 a.m. my time.  I am also once again joining Betty at My Corner of the World where she shares her own and provides links for family friendly photos from around the world.

Once again I was looking for another mural when I ran onto this one.

There appears to be several murals in this neighborhood.  It's the Nomar building and according to their e-mails, there should be several murals on this building.

Unfortunately this is the only one I found.

It honors Nomar on one side of the mural

and the Wichita, Kansas flag on the other.  It has a genuine Asian flair.  This mural in in the area of 21st and Market in Wichita, Kansas, USA.  There was no evidence of the artist that I could find, though.

However, I was able to find this on the internet:
The Nomar Theater sits in the heart of the NorthEnd neighborhoods, near the intersection of 21st Street and Market Street. The theater is history intrinsically connected to the Latino and Asian communities currently living around it, with huge potential to continue to be a key element of the neighborhood identity.
Many Mexican American Northend residents have bittersweet memories of the Nomar Theater, as it was a segregated entertainment space, in which Mexican and African Americans had to sit in the theater balcony, accessed only through a separate entryway.  Some remember these dire moments of Wichita’s history, some look at a brighter moment when Nomar became the first integrated theater in the city.
This space has sat vacant for over three decades, as a quiet witness of the economic ups and downs in the Northend. A renewed sense of pride in place and a community growing in political power, our hope is that through Horizontes we can catalyze an exciting rebirth of the theater, following the steps of the Historic Dunbar Theatre.
If you enjoy murals, please don't forget to visit Monday Murals at Sami's Colourful World.  And please don't forget to visit Betty at My Corner of the World, on Wednesday, too.

Even though I was just on hiatus at Monday Murals, I must take another break during April.  I will be back April 26.  Although I couldn't reveal in February that I was hosting Art Journal Journey for a month (we aren't allowed to reveal in advance), this hiatus is no secret.   I invite you to visit daily beginning April 1 when I (and a few of my friends) recycle something every day through April 22 which most people call Earth Day, but I call bEARTHday.

23 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful mural. Have a great day, Valerie

aussie aNNie said...

Wow this is a real beauty...take care.x

Iris Flavia said...

A beautiful woman, a sad story.
Do you know the book "Black like me"?
And here we are again. One "refugee" said something to me, I kept the words till I was home. Google translate told me it was not nice...

Sami said...

Quite a striking mural Elizabeth.
Through image search I found out it was painted by Brady Scott and the model was Heidi Cruz (not the Senator's wife though, lol).

Thanks for participating Elizabeth and enjoy your Sunday.

butterfly said...

That's a really cool mural - I love the blue diamond frames and the whole thing pops beautifully against the vibrant red. I hope your April bEARTHday challenge goes brilliantly - I'll try to keep up!
Alison x

Barbara said...

Amazing mural! I’d have to hop in my car and travel to find some of these here. Not going anywhere these days so I’ll enjoy through your photos.

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a fabulous mural and an interesting history of the building! We often find when we are in Paris that a mural we liked one year has been replaced by the following year - not sure whether they are by the same artist! Take care, Chrisx
ps Did you get my e-mail?

kathyinozarks said...

You find some awesome murals Elizabeth-I enjoy seeing them-Happy Sunday

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

What a beautiful mural! Here in Sacramento, there are a great many murals on public buildings, too. I love to see them on my walks. (We can still take walks or walk pets, although otherwise we are locked down for the coronavirus.) Murals truly beautify (and educate) a city. Thanks for sharing this one. Have a great day.

froebelsternchen said...

A striking mural- wow!

Divers and Sundry said...

I love seeing old theaters that have found new life. Cool mural :)

Tom said...

...a lovely mural and I'm glad that you were able to find some info on it.

CJ Kennedy said...

Beautiful

Susan Kane said...

The mural means so much to one who takes a close look.

Mae Travels said...

Nice mural and especially interesting background in your post. It’s always sad to remember the days of cruel segregation.

be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Bertiebo said...

Beautiful painting. I like the way the flowers are inserted

Meggymay said...

This looks an awesome mural it is a beautiful portrait of the woman as well. I liked reading the post and the information you included, sad though some of the facts were about the theatre's history , it is good to know that times changed and allowed folk to live in harmony.
Stay well and safe my friend.
Yvonne xx

My name is Erika. said...

Fascinating mural. That lady almost looks a little devious. Nice. I also appreciated your comments on the virus. I've thought of lots of scenarios with at home teaching but not the one computer per family. My kid at school all have chromebooks that they got as freshmen at school so we know they at least have the computer, but we can't control their home internet service. Or what is going on at home, like having siblings to care for. And it is tough just dealing with other teachers because we all have our own ideas and what one of us thinks isn't what another thinks, and although that is true in school, at least there that face to face contact and a little more tradition on how we work. And now we are not in those confines so it seems like people are going in every which direction. It is just hard to get a handle on it all. OK, enough babbling from me. Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

magiceye said...

Wonderful mural!

craftytrog said...

Wow! That's a fabulous mural. I really love the colours.
Alison xx

Lowcarb team member said...

That's a beautiful mural.

All the best Jan

RedPat said...

I like this one a lot!

Jeanie said...

I especially love that background -- the red sets off the art so well!