Walking in downtown Manhattan sure is more colorful these days thanks to local artists and the efforts of those at Incite MHK! Some of the murals you can enjoy are commissioned by local businesses and others are funded by grants and donations through Incite MHK. Incite MHK works to bring art to the public areas of Manhattan. Their current three projects are featured below as well as additional murals throughout the community!
The O.G. is the mural of Notorious RBG! The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mural was originally painted shortly after her passing and was painted by a local artist and an owner of ACME Local, Taylor Carr. This Mural was a collaboration with Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice and Incite MHK to commemorate such an amazing woman and is all about bringing people together much like all those who volunteered to make this mural come to life in a weekend!
The Kitty Castle, I like to think of is Willie the Wildcats playhouse! This is also located across the street from The Chef Cafe' and was made possible by a donation from the Ward and Brenda Morgan Community Fund. This mural was completed by an LA based artist, Sick Fisher.
The third and final Mural located across from The Chef Cafe and commissioned by Incite MHK is SUP! SUP was completed in April 2021 by KCMO based muralist JT Daniels. Again, Ward and Brenda Morgan Community Fund stepped in to make this mural possible.
After you have taken in the Mural art across from The Chef, head down Poyntz to Brown's Shoe Fit and AJ's Pizzeria. On the East facing wall overlooking the AJ's Pizzeria patio is the massive mural! "Anotações" was completed in 2019, this piece is one that by sheer size leaves you in awe! This mural was the kick-off event for Incite MHK. It was made possible through the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation’s Deihl Community Grants Program. The duo that painted this mural hail from Brazil, Bicicleta Sem Freio.
Now, on to the 'ville! Aggieville has also gotten in on the fun with murals along a couple of their buildings as well. First stop in Aggieville, the sidewalk between Jimmy Johns and O'Malley's Alley. The bright green wall is painted with the phrase "I love you little apple.” It has become a hotspot for those spending time in Aggieville for a quick photo op. No surprise, this mural lends itself to the feeling of those living here and of course the city's nickname, The Little Apple®.
Next up is everyone's favorite Aggieville hotspot, Taco Lucha. The mural represents the restaurant in so many ways, but most of all with the wrestlers in their Luchador masks. My favorite part though is the championship belt! This mural was completed in 2020 by a local artist, Phyllis Pease. Head down to the entrance and see the mural as you round the corner on Moro and 11th street.
One of the newest murals that I have found is behind Orange Sky Yoga and Public Hall. It is quickly becoming another great photo op for those spending time in Aggieville. The cheery colors are perfect to brighten up your day and remember, "Smile! You're in Manhattan!"
The final mural in Aggieville is located on the side of Little Apple Art Supply on N 11 street features a mural by Enrico Isamu Oyama. While the Little Apple Art Supply is no longer, Enrico's mural is a lasting legacy.
Heading out of Aggieville and past the City Park, hang a right on Poyntz and take yourself straight to the Manhattan Arts Center! Located on the side of their building is a cheery mural of Sunflowers and Welcome to Manhattan! I wonder what is said more in this town, "Welcome to Manhattan" or "Welcome to K-State?"
Manhattan Running Company! For those not familiar with this amazing store, just hop on Seth Childs, to Anderson, and then on Garden Way. The mural is on the Westside of the Manhattan Running Company building. It depicts two runners on the yellow brick road, heading towards the city with the sun/apple on the horizon. Painted by Hannah Merle in 2016, this mural can also be easily seen while driving on Seth Childs!
Some of the newer murals are sprinkled into our downtown area. This amazing goldfish swimming over the sunflower is located in the alley next to The Chef Cafe'. The mural is titled, "Begining from an End" and was painted by Joseph Renda Jr. While The Kitty Castle, SUP!, and RBG are across the street and down the alley, this is the first of I hope many lining the other in "Mural Alley."
Located at 611 N 11th St., right outside of Aggieville this new mural definitely brightens up the building. This amazing mural by Kate Lewis has so many pieces to it. I think you could look at it for hours and see something new. I love how they framed the window above and used paint to create such depth to the mural.
Located on Poytnz Ave., the Addair Law firm offices have a new mural by Denise Duong. This mural is easily seen from the road, but one that is much better appreciated if you take time to park and stand in front of it to truly take it in.
As you stop by to enjoy these murals, make sure to tag The Little Apple Life and InciteMHK in your photos so we can see all the fun.
Also, if you find a new one, let me know. Amazing murals seem to be going up every week, it is awesome!! I love MHK!!