A shuttered theater is getting new life in Wichita.
Artists are painting murals that detail the history of Dunbar, an African-American theater, right on the side of the building.
"I'm working on the St. Louis blues mural," said Alexandra Blasi, an artist with Danielle Studios, Inc.
The artists are bringing the past into the present.
"It's kind of a throwback, I like vintage design and illustration," said Kelly Remacle, another artist.
Dunbar Theater is getting back some of its color. The historic place closed in the late 1960s after serving as the only theater in Wichita that catered to African-Americans during segregation.
"I'm overwhelmed because a lot of those murals on the wall, I'm not familiar with," said James Arbertha, executive director of Power CDC, which owns the theater.
The artists, who never knew Dunbar existed, say they know they're doing some heavy lifting. They know McAdams neighborhood is watching.
"I can't tell you how many times we've had people come up and say, I can't believe there's a bunch of white girls up there painting this," said Remacle.
Longtime residents can't wait to see the finished product.
"Anybody that lived in Wichita, black especially, they know this area pretty well. With the re-opening of the Dunbar Theater, it's going to make a little difference," said Herman Owens, who's lived in the neighborhood since 1952.
As the ladies lay down another layer of history, they too recognize they are a part of something bigger.
"It's cool to be part of a restoration project in our community," said Remacle.
Power CDC, a non-profit, plans to re-open Dunbar Theater by September 2014.
It has raised about half a million dollars but still need more than a million to continue.
You can read about restoration efforts here.