Why did you move back to Wichita?

The Beyond:Wichita commentary stems from the Beyond:Wichita podcast, which is centered on recording and compiling stories that provide a window into the varied and colorful lives led by those of us that live in Wichita.

The concept for this project was inspired by podcast creator Paris Cunningham’s return to Wichita after leaving grad school. She contemplated why she felt this strong urge to leave Wichita as quickly as possible and wanted to know if other Wichitans felt the same and why.

Paris came to the conclusion that she lacked connection to the city: “I've spent most of my life in this city and around the people who live here, but I have no idea who they truly are, how they got here, and what fuels their lives.”

Beyond:Wichita was created to discover what the lives of people in Wichita look like to better understand their relationships with the city and what keeps us here or propels us to leave.


Paris Cunningham is the creator and host of the Beyond:Wichita podcast. She is a visual artist and musician from Wichita, Ks. She is the Curator of Collections & Exhibitions at The Kansas African American Museum.

Jayden Fleming | Beyond:Wichita

Nov 19, 2020

People have studied the reasons young people leave a particular city, but maybe no place more than Wichita. Artist Paris Cunningham found herself wondering about the reasons behind people's urge to flee — or stay. In KMUW's new limited commentary, "Beyond Wichita," Paris offers a snapshot of the people behind the statistics.