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Project Updates


The Rebuilding East Ninth Together project has fifteen projects in the works and you can expect to see some projects beginning right now!  Many projects have their own websites and social media, so be sure to check the Rebuilding East Ninth Together website -- -- for links.

Here are a few updates from the artists:

New York’s 150th The NYE C.5 group will be at the New York Elementary Sesquicentennial and ELNA Block Party event on Sept 28th, (school events starting at 1pm, and the ELNA Block Party from 5-9pm) and we will have a table to gather information from attendees.  Our first meeting with the Student Leadership Club is on Sept 5.  The plan is to get the students engaged, to gather history and ideas from the New York Elementary & East Lawrence communities, along with input from Watkins Museum and the designated East 9th local experts.  Then we’ll move into the design phase.  I’m delighted to have a former Van Go Arts Train graduate Torbis Laughlin as our assistant.  They’ll be a great addition to the team with their skills at drawing and excitement to be working with the students. Please Plan to attend the event

The Wishing Bench Film The Wishing Bench Film Project is holding auditions on August 25 and will host a staged reading of the screenplay on September 1. Filming will take place in late September.

AUDITIONS Sunday, August 25, 3pm-4:30pm Lawrence Arts Center Black Box Theatre 940 New Hampshire St. Lawrence, KS 66044 Open roles: MEERA, 20s-30s, female- spunky NURSE, any age/ gender Tentative filming dates: September 21 & 22 in Lawrence, KS Email: to sign up for a time and receive an audience scene. Walk-ins welcome!

STAGED READING September 1, 3pm 720 E. 9th St. (9th & Delaware) All are welcome to attend this public staged reading of the brand new screenplay for The Wishing Bench Film Project, a Rebuilding East Ninth grant recipient. Actors will bring this 10 minute script to life and audience members will be invited to share feedback. After the reading, Women of Lawrence Film (WOLF) will host an informal networking reception. Let's talk local film + gender parity in a welcoming, inclusive environment!

To learn more about The Wishing Bench Film Project, please visit: or contact:

Yarn It Forward Organization and Information Meeting Thursday September 5, 2019, 6:30-8pm at St Luke AME Church (900 New York Street, Lawrence)

Soup and Stitch #1 Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6 PM – 8 PM at the Sunrise Project (1501 Learnard Ave. Ste. E, Lawrence)

Soup and Stitch #2 September 17, 6-8pm at the Sunrise Project We’ll have yummy food (vegetarian option provided) and start working on building our yarn art mural while building new friendships.

St Luke AME and the Langston Hughes Community Center St. Luke AME will host an open house on September 28th from 2-5 pm. Please stop by and visit!  We are "The Friendly Church on The Corner!"

East Lawrence Family Tree Project The East Lawrence Family Tree Project is a portrait project focusing on east Lawrence families. Over the course of several months a group of local artists lead by project coordinator Matthew Lord will organize and conduct portrait sessions with east Lawrence families at Art Emergency. The resulting portraits will be featured at an exhibition and community potluck at the project's end. As a gift for their involvement, the families that participate will keep the artwork. This experience will tell the stories of the people in the neighborhood and honor their connections while presenting them with a cherished heirloom.

For info about how to participate contact Matthew Lord at

Mona Cliff / Natives Now My project Natives Now, is comprised of 4 parts. 1) Providing 4 “artistic seating opportunities” for community members, contracted collaboration with Jamakee Blackburn & Steve Spacek, 2) a projection project of native american community members, 3) the planting of 2 indigenous fruiting trees, and 4) to tie it all together a mural (with input from Native students) which will hopefully be on 11th street.

These 4 aspects of my project are in development phases. Planning, scouting areas, reaching out for support for various aspects of the project. The projection phase of my project will be ongoing and begin end of Fall. All other aspects of Natives Now will mostly likely start early spring 2020.  I'd like to ask the East Lawrence Neighborhood where they would like to see projections? I’d also be grateful to work with someone who has some technology electric knowledge for rigging the projector to be mobile. Please reach out to me at

Stephen Johnson | 9th Street Rhythms October 25 @ 5:00 pm - December 21 @ 9:00 pm The words and ideas generated by the great American Poet and former East Lawrence resident Langston Hughes provided the inspiration for this project. Hughes writes, “Rhythm is something we share in common, you and I, with all the plants and animals and people in the world, and with the stars and moon and sun, and all the whole vast wonderful universe beyond this wonderful earth which is our home.” Like Hughes, Stephen Johnson looks for visual rhythms in search of the ideas and associations they may elicit. 9th Street Rhythms is a celebration of East Ninth Street and its adjoining streets and alleyways. With this work, Johnson aims to encourage Lawrence residents to discover joy in the most unexpected details of a neighborhood. Reception October 25, 5-9PM INSIGHT Art Talk: November 11, 7 pm

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