The three artists selected in the 2015 iteration (reduced by choice of the artist from five) 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 three artists include:

Nick Carswell -- "Sounds of East Lawrence" is a collection of sounds, voices and stories of the neighborhood of East Lawrence, Kansas. View the map of sounds, as it is added to, here.

Stephen Johnson -- "9th Street Rhythms" art inspired by Langston Hughes and East Lawrence was on exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center from October 25th - December 21st.  Proceeds from Johnson's print sale have been collected into a special east Lawrence youth scholarship at the Lawrence Arts Center.  Thanks, Stephen!  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.


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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  Follow the Propagating Place Instagram here.

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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. 

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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.

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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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Five young artists and artist groups were selected in December of 2019 to complete their projects.  One of the objectives of the Youth Corps portion of the Rebuilding East Ninth Together Project is to give young  up-and-coming artists the opportunity to increase their experience with public art and to collaborate with established artists.  

Jude Black

Apotheosis will be a sculpture created from colorful plastic waste with a goal to bring awareness and change to the growing problem of plastic pollution. 


Jahnava Sabilla

Embrace the Change will be a contemporary ballet to “Shake it Out” by Florence and the Machine and is a commentary on the complexity of change experienced individually, and collectively.  Jahnava says, “This piece is about how we have to let go of the things that are holding us back and how change can be scary. East Lawrence has gone through so much change and struggle throughout its history and has adapted so well.”

After creating costumes, creating choreography, and 3 months of weekly rehearsals, Jahnava will perform her piece on May 2nd on the mainstage of the Lawrence Arts Center, in conjunction with a free family event.  


LK Ultra

LK Ultra! (gets an EP) will produce a professional EP for this East Lawrence band who has built a name on activism through strong youth voices. The band was formed in 2017 at Girls Rock Camp and has since worked hard to contribute positively to the local music scene, advocate for marginalized people, and give back by volunteering at the camp. Their EP will allow them to share their voice and art outside of Lawrence. “We feel like we have it in us to influence the rest of the world.”


LMCMS History Club

East Lawrence Bus Bench will be a functional piece of artwork depicting images of East Lawrence history and filling the great need for bus benches throughout our community. Club members will spend time immersing themselves in East Lawrence history, selecting individuals to be represented, and then collaborate with an artist to create a painting.  The project will culminate with an unveiling and potluck dinner in late April.


Hang 12

Art Box will be much like a “little free library” filled with art. Eleven teen artists from Lawrence Arts Center’s Hang 12 program will build and stock the Art Box with 2D and 3D works. This all-ages, inclusive art vehicle will create community connections, inspire creation, and build new relationships among artists. “Hopefully, the Art Box would inspire others to create and connect because of its existence and in turn we would want more art boxes in Lawrence.

Blueprints will be available in the box so plan to build your own after this project launches with a community event in late March.

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East Ninth artist resources here