Rebuilding East Ninth Together





The four artists selected in the 2015 iteration of the Project will participate in either the Research phase (part two), or the Pathways phase (part three) of the Rebuilding East Ninth Together Project.  

The four artists include:


Nick Carswell

Stephen Johnson -- "9th Street Rhythms" art inspired by Langston Hughes and East Lawrence will be on exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center from October 25th - December 21st.  Read Stephen's project proposal here, and visit his personal website here.

Meredith Moore -- is mysterious and unknowable.  She belongs to the Secret Order of the Black Diamond, and secret ninja spies never tell.  Stay tuned for details on her project, and check out Wonderfair, Meredith's art collective, while you wait.  


These five amazing, community-based projects were selected by our panel of jurors:

Epicenter (East-side People's Intercultural Center)  with Homemade, a neighborhood cookbook and food tasting festival.  Epicenter members working on this East Ninth grant project are: Leah Evans, Alex Kimball Williams, and Connie Fiorella Fitzpatrick.


photo credit: Leah Evans

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Kelley Hunt with Songs and Stories of East Lawrence, a series of writing, singing, and story mapping workshops, plus a Wild East Lawrence walk, collaborative song-writing, publication of an anthology of our stories, and a book launch concert.  Learn more about Caryn and Kelley collaborations on their website

Marlo Angell with Shapes a multi-screen video installation that tells the story of Julio, a fictional longtime East Lawrence resident, and an out of towner named Moira as they meet one fateful morning at The Wishing Bench

Mike Riggs & Kent Smith with a collaborative, iconic, large-scale sculpture.

St. Luke AME, facilitated by Oliver Hall and Perrin Blackman, with The Langston Hughes Community Center, the creation of a reading/research space and community events that celebrate the Church, its history, and the neighborhood.


These SIX amazing, fantastic, fascinating artists and projects, in no particular order, were selected for the Pathways Phase: 

Matthew Lord with the East Lawrence Family Tree Project, a community portrait project celebrating East Lawrence families. View Matthew's video presentation on his project here.

James Moreno withThe Pocho Project a multidisciplinary performance examining narratives surrounding immigration, assimilation, and “cultural gatekeeping,” drawing on stories of Mexican “traqueros” who came to East Lawrence to work on the railroads and make a home.  View James's video presentation on his project here.

Kaitlin Stanley and Kelly Kindscher with Propagating Place: A Wild & Native Community-Based Learning Garden. This garden will incorporate diverse and intergenerational narratives of wild and native plant use in the area through time. It will be designed and built with East Lawrence youth who will have the opportunity to showcase their creativity in the garden. A website will be constructed and archived that will house the collected stories and artwork. This garden seeks to include as many plant-based narratives as possible and welcomes community input.  You can view example of related projects in Douglas County here.  

Artists Kim Brook and Irene Tsuneta will facilitate a community yarn project called Yarn It Forward.  The project aims to initiate and  express conversations about  East Lawrence, now and into the future, through yarn arts such as crocheting and knitting.  Beginning with community meetings to design yarn pieces centering around East Lawrence, followed by Soup and Stitch events for participants to meet, work on their projects, and learn/teach how to crochet, Yarn It Forward invites everyone  to learn about East Lawrence and the beautiful tradition of creating with yarn.  In the last phase of the project the separate yarn pieces will be stitched together to create a large yarn mural. The mural will be on display around Lawrence during May 2020.  Afterward, the mural will be taken apart and auctioned off with the proceeds going to the St. Luke's AME Church building fund in East Lawrence.  Follow Yarn it Forward on Facebook and Instagram, or visit their website and never miss a Yarn it Forward event. 

New York Elementary and artist Kate Dineen, New York School 150 years Sculpture and Celebration - (no real title yet, that will be determined as the kids work through the creative process.)

Artist Kate Dinneen will guide students at New York School through the process of creating a 'sculpture' which will celebrate the 150 yrs of New York School and look to the future of the school community.  Initially we will start with a small group of students and they will help determine the basic outline and next steps in the creative process.  Involving people who have historical knowledge, involving alumni of the school and neighborhood members are all possible ways to add to the creative process and inform how the final project will manifest.  A final piece will be placed where all can enjoy it, easily accessible.

Mona Cliff, Indigenous visual artist, Natives Now; Sharing Native American culture with East Lawrence, collaborative mural with Native American students, public benches with contracted-collaborators Jamakee Blackburn and Steve Spacek, ongoing mini projection events of Native American community members during Lawrence Final Fridays.

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