Research Phase Artists, Jurors Announced

Research Phase Artist Reception

We had 27 fantastic applications for RFP 1, Research. We thank each of those artists for the time and effort they put into their applications, and encourage them to apply for RFP 2, Pathways. (More details about that below.) Twelve of those twenty-seven artists were selected to present their projects to a panel of jurors on April 20th. Five of those twelve artists were then be selected by the jurors to complete their projects. The five new East Ninth Artists will present a short overview of their projects to the public on Thursday May 2nd, 7-9pm, at the Lawrence Arts Center, in the large gallery. A mix and mingle event, you’re invited to attend this East Ninth Artists’ Presentation & Celebration! It’s free, of course, and refreshments will be provided. Rebuilding East Ninth is a community based project and it is imperative that transparency and public access are offered at every step. Please join us to not only celebrate these artists, but to learn about the work and how it fits with the community and project values. Here’s a link to the Facebook event, if that’s helpful to you.

We will be celebrating these five amazing, community-based projects:

Epicenter with Homemade, an illustrated community cookbook and meal

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Kelly Hunt with Songs and Stories of East Lawrence, musical storytelling thru writing workshops, events, and a performance

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

Perrin Blackman & St. Luke’s AME 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.

We will also announce the five jurors who selected these five Research Phase artists, several of whom will be in attendance. The project outline asked for jurors to have knowledge of community based artwork, and to represent the kind of projects and artists we would want to see. That meant diversity, not just demographically, but across medium and experience.

Nick Carswell- Nick served in the role as one of the previous East Ninth Project recipients. He holds knowledge of the project’s past and the applicants’ experience in the earlier iteration of the project. Nick lives in Lawrence, is an accomplished musician and has participated in and organized many public projects.

Grace Peterson- Grace is a ceramicist, teacher, and community art facilitator. She currently lives in Salina, KS where she works as the Visual Arts Coordinator. Grace has an extensive history with the East Ninth Project, East Lawrence, and the Lawrence Arts Center. She lived, worked, and taught in Lawrence for several years before moving to Salina. Grace was able to represent the project’s past, the neighborhood, and bring an out of town perspective all at once!

Michael Bradley- Educator, artist, community activist who lives and works in Topeka, specifically in the NOTO district in his community art space, Studio 831. Michel is a former resident of East Lawrence and was able to share, represent, and honor the neighborhood culture across multiple decades.

Marguerite Perret- Marguerite Perret conducts collaborative, arts-based research that scrutinizes the narratives inherent at the interstices of art, science, healthcare and personal experience. She lives in Lawrence and works at Washburn University where she teaches foundation design, digital imaging and contemporary art theory as well as cross disciplinary, special topic courses blending art, science and ecology. Marguerite truly raised the bar when examining the projects’ community impact in the juror discussions.

Jose´ Faus- Josè is an artist, writer, teacher, and volunteer. He has lived and worked in the Kansas City area since moving here from Bogota, Columbia as a child. Josè has truly lived the community based arts concept for decades thru mural work and mentorship. His murals can be seen across the country and into South America and he recently published a new book of poetry. Josè was able to offer a perspective full of empathy and diversity in experience, geography, and medium.

The jurors did an incredible job of honoring the input provided by the community, adhering to the project values, and doing their homework. Each juror read the East Lawrence history, input notes, and project background before approaching the proposals. Juror, Grace Peterson said,

“Being able to review all of the listening sessions, specific histories and values for both the project and neighborhood really gave me a 360 degree view from which to evaluate. I have never had the opportunity to consider this much information as a juror and I felt it helped all of the jurors to make the most informed decisions possible.”

Request For Proposals (RFP) 2 Pathways

RFP 2, Pathways has been out for several weeks, and it’s due on May 10th. Artists can read the full RFP on our website here: If they have questions, they can contact any team member by email: Mandy, Alex, Lane and KT at Or, you can drop into our office hours, every Wednesday 5:30-6:00. You’ll find us sitting near the meeting rooms in the northwest quadrant of the library, and if we’re not all occupied with another potential applicants, we’d be happy to meet with you.

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