Rebuilding East Ninth Together Project Update

Rebuilding East Ninth Together Project Update

The Rebuilding East Ninth Team has updates to share about the progress of the project, including Resident Specialists, the first RFP for art, and Listening Session 3.  

Resident Specialists

We are so pleased to announce that neighbors Marty Olson, Judy Romero, Brenda Nuñez, Janet Good, and Charlotte Pessoni have all agreed to serve as our Resident Specialists to the project.  Each was selected for his or her personal expertise, unique knowledge and skills, and deep connection to the neighborhood. As stated in the job description, the Resident Specialists will support artists and the project by sharing personal histories, collecting oral histories, and researching East Lawrence’s rich past. We look forward to working with them!


We are also very pleased to announce that the first RFP (Request for Proposals) has been released as of Monday February 18th.  The most important things you need to know are that project proposals are NOT limited to traditional visual art, the art does NOT have to be on 9th Street itself, and the deadline to submit a proposal is April 5th, 2019 with a project completion date of April 19, 2020. The payment for each accepted project is $13,500, to be paid in 4 installments.  Initial payment can be invoiced upon contract approval. Lack of capital for up-front expenses should not be a barrier to application.

There will be an RFP Support and Info Session on February 24th, and another scheduled for just after the Yart Sale, on March 30th from 1:30-3:30, Meeting Room A, Lawrence Public Library.  The team will also have open office hours available to assist with applications on Wednesdays, March 6, 20, & 27, 5:30-6PM, Study Room 3, Lawrence Public Library, or anytime by appointment.

We are committed to attracting creative individuals from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds. Artists from all mediums, traditional to unorthodox, as well as emerging artists who are new to the field of public art are encouraged to apply. There are no residency requirements for this opportunity, but applicants should be aware that the project is community based and will require a connection to or an understanding of the East Lawrence neighborhood.

Please read the entire RFP, with details on how to submit a proposal on the project website Support and mentorship is available.  Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns to Project Facilitator Mandy Enfield, or any team member.

Listening Session 3

Listening Session 3 will take place on Sunday March 3rd, from 2-5pm at the newly remodeled Santa Fe Depot at 7th and New York Streets. The goal of this interactive (doodle-listen-speak) gathering is to wrap up the work from our previous meetings and solidify the values that will be used to guide the art selection for the project. We will update everyone on the Team’s progress, share ideas, and answer questions. Your feedback is essential as it will directly impact art selection. Folks interested in submitting Youth Corps or project proposals are also strongly encouraged to attend. This is the final input session before artist recruitment begins.

Do be sure to check out the project website.  In addition to the full RFP, there you’ll find an updated timeline of the project, all input and materials collected thus far and other historical documents.  

— E9th Team: Mandy Enfield, Alex Olson, KT Walsh, Lane Eisenbart



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