Vote ICT

In partnership with Citizen University’s Joy of Voting initiative, KMUW has selected three local artists to create a series of ‘Vote ICT’ stickers. Three Wichita districts are eligible to vote in the upcoming Wichita City Council election: Districts 1, 3 and 6. An artist from each district has been selected to create a unique ICT-specific sticker that embodies local pride. Get yours at a polling place on election day, Tuesday, November 7, or another local Joy of Voting event

Ella Baccus

Ellamonique Baccus is an art therapist and the Director of WisdomTree Arts. As the art consultant for the redevelopment of 9th Street in District 1, Ella engaged 200 community residents in the design process.  She has worked for the past 10 years at the intersection of Community Development, Behavioral Health, Youth Development, and Civic Engagement designing and implementing Public Art Projects that transform urban landscapes and promote community health through cross sector partnerships. Ella relocated to Wichita from Chicago where she was a Clinical Counselor and completed over 30 public art projects providing training in the arts and life skills to over 1,500 youth. She earned a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The sticker design depicts the Adinkra symbol of the Siamese Crocodiles that share one stomach. Whatever one crocodile eats benefits them both. This symbol meaning unity and democracy reminds us that Wichita and especially District 1 is a union of people from different cultural backgrounds that must achieve commonly shared objectives despite their divergent views and opinions about their way of life.

Juanta Saunders

With humble beginnings as a child of teen parents, Juanta Saunders, Jr. has become a product of Wichita’s urban art scene. Being inspired by cartoons, and videogames, he developed a style that’s colorful and cartoonish in nature. As a young adult he started practicing graffiti. The lack of inspiration in his surroundings made him want to create his own, or creating positivity as he would say.

He has completed several murals around Wichita through Avenue Art Days, The Joy of Voting campaign, North End Urban Arts Festival, Ulrich Museum of Art events and his own Broadway Beautification Project (BBP for short). He always finds ways to work with the younger people in his life, and is truly passionate about aiding people. He thinks that teaching kids about street art can benefit and broaden young artists’ views on what is considered art.

Hannah Scott

Born and raised in the Midwest, Hannah Scott currently lives and works as an artist and business owner in Wichita, Kansas. She graduated with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Wichita State University in the Fall of 2014, and is now co-owner of Stamp Yo Face!, a two-person business specializing in hand-drawn rubber portrait stamps. Aside from Stamp Yo Face!, Hannah also works as a freelance illustrator on commercial and private projects. Currently, she is in the process of opening a brick and mortar retail store in Wichita called Vortex Souvenir, opening in early November.