Black-run art gallery highlighting multicultural artwork to open by the end of the year



The Mulberry Art Gallery is located on Central and Volutsia.

Community members are hoping to open a Black-run art gallery which focuses on multicultural artwork by the end of the year. 

According to the gallery’s GoFundMe, Mulberry Art Gallery is a “non-profit immersive art gallery in Wichita, Kansas…where guests will learn to engage with art through audiovisual and tactile stimulation.”

Owner Anthony Joiner says the goal of the gallery is to give local artists of color a more consistent space to show their work.

“When we go into different galleries, you see a lot of artwork there, but not a lot of it is cultured artwork…and a lot of artists get excluded because of that, especially artists of color,” Joiner said. “So the goal of this gallery is to give our artists [an opportunity]…to create something bigger than art-on-canvas and canvas-on wall. It’s to help the work expand beyond the canvas.”

The gallery will feature all forms of art, including, but not limited to, poetry, dance, paintings, video and sculptures. 

“I love the galleries we have [in Wichita], but I feel like a lot of the time…they’re kind of trying to cater to a specific audience where they hang up artwork that can’t be offensive, there’s not a whole lot of color, it’s not cultural…. What we’re aiming to do is actually put people in a position where they can actually feel the artist….That’s gonna come in several different ways,” Joiner said.

Joiner is planning on hosting themed art shows at Mulberry Art Gallery, where artists submit work that follows a certain theme.

“We are gonna have themed art shows where we come up with a particular thing like hair,” Joiner said. “Hair is actually a really big thing around the United States, actually around the world, right now. People of color are finally being able to have their own natural hair in a way that comes naturally from their head..women are finally coming to terms that they can shave their heads and still be women.”

He says that the purpose of the gallery is for it to be an immersive space where people can engage with the artist’s thoughts. 

“[We want it] so that people can walk in and actually engage in that thought,” Joiner said. “Some people [will] disagree with some of it; it’s perfectly fine. What art is there for is to open that conversation.”

The gallery will also feature a solo exhibition room where there will be a small roster of “more established artists” that will get that solo space for a certain period of time in which they have full artistic freedom to create whatever they want.

“If they want to paint the wall, if they want to make a sculpture that sticks out from the walls whatever they want to do,” Joiner said. “When you walk into that room, you are submerged by that artist’s world.”

Joiner works closely with local artists and on local art shows, including the shows hosted by the Art That Touches your Heart foundation during the month of February that takes place on Wichita State’s campus.

He ended up meeting sophomore Kynnedy Moore at one of the shows at the Rhatigan Student Center. 

“Kynnedy stood out because she was a hustler,” Joiner said. “… She was working on a website when she was there with so many different extraordinary pieces. When I started building this, I thought about how her art is one of the primary reasons why I’m building this. For artists like her to have their art on the wall.”

Moore, a sophomore majoring in Entrepreneurship, created the GoFundMe account that is circulating around social media.

“My goal is to make my mark on Wichita. I’m not here just to go to school. Anywhere that I go, you’re gonna remember me,” Moore said. “This

is really big, not only because it’s for artistry and for recognizing different ways to express students’ art, but it’s for people like me, and you don’t really see that around Wichita at all. So to be able to be a part of something like that is really amazing.”

From a students perspective, Moore sees this gallery as an opportunity to be authentically herself. 

“With this space it’s my full expression, regardless if you like it, what you think of it, if you know about it or if you don’t,” Moore said. “ It gives people an opportunity to be, ‘Okay, I see this piece of art. I may not understand it, but maybe I want to learn about it.’”

At the time of publication, $913 has been raised through the gallery’s GoFundMe account, which has a goal of $75,000. Joiner plans to speak with other local organizations and corporations to discuss sponsorships. If you’re interested in donating, please visit 

The gallery is located on Central and Volutsia.

Joiner also hopes to turn the gallery space into a networking opportunity for local artists.

“We will have particular shows and exhibitions where those types of things will be involved where we will invite different types of artists to collaborate, to mingle, and to just have fun,” Joiner said. “This isn’t going to be the standard run-of-the-mill gallery; this is something that is going to be community involved, community engaged, and to help grow the community.”