Inspired artists have developed innovative, original, community-based public art for Arts + Culture + Crossings – a collaborative art project made possible by a Reimagined Spaces grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industry. Art + Culture + Crossings aims to build upon the success of pandemic-related adaptations of downtown (outdoor dining, Shopping, etc.) and the successes of past public art programming to serve in the development of a new-genre art in public places initiative inspired by pandemic recovery and expanding Cultural Equity. Continue reading to learn about the projects and when you can view them.
Mobile Art Supply Cart
Saturday, June 24; 5-8pm
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire
Project Statement:The Mobile Art Supply Cart makes art more accessible to anyone who could not otherwise afford the cost of art supplies. The cart makes an effort to sustainably source those materials for members of our community. Kāli feels passionately about the positive impact this could have on our city to bring the community together and make a conscious effort to reduce consumption and reuse products that have not yet reached the end of their artistic life. Donate your unused art supplies today to be used in the cart!
Artist Statement/Bio:Kāli Deno is a performance and visual artist with backgrounds in painting, ceramics, sculpture, block printing, dance, and interactive installations. She has accrued over 15 years of international artistic experience and education to contribute to new projects
Bang (a historical play)
June 23 Rehab Art Gallery & Shop, 123 West 8th #102
June 24 Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachusetts
Project Statement: Joan Volmer was shot and killed by William S. Burroughs in a drunken William Tell game-gone-wrong, 70 years ago. That senseless killing has become central to the legend of the Beats. Burroughs himself was forced to the appalling conclusion that it turned him into a writer. But what of his victim? In all the stories of the Beats, she rarely emerges from the background, not in fact until the final few minutes of her life. Is an accidental victimhood all she had to contribute? This play is my attempt to give her a voice, to let her tell her story.
Artist Statement: Mostly Dan Born writes historical plays, he enjoys the research. This play is one of a series Dan is writing which deals with writers (of some sort) who have had a significant connection to Lawrence. “Bang” of course is the William S. Burroughs entry.
“Crossing” is a play about Langston Hughes on a freighter bound for Africa in 1923. “The Man Without a Country” is a stage adaptation of a famous Civil War short story, written by Edward Everett Hale. Hale, a Boston native, raised money to fund the settling of Lawrence. “Unghosting the Chromosome” is a play about a ground-breaking research into genetics, Walter Sutton, who was also a member of KU’s very first basketball team. It was inspired by a script written by Stanley R. Nelson, and Dan is grateful to his family for bringing it to his attention.
Currently he is writing a play about William Inge.
*Space is limited to 40 people, Space is ADA compliant
Curated Kansas: Lawrence Arts Center Lobby, 947 New Hampshire; A combination art show and video installation, by Misti Boland and Jeremy Osbern
“We’ll Have a Gay Old Time” – Documenting Drag in Lawrence
June 24; 4-6pm
Lawrence Visitors Center
Fally Afani is an artist and photographer based out of Lawrence, Kansas. She has spent the last few years embedded in the local drag scene, documenting the thrilling and extravagant performances that come out of the region’s most talented drag queens and kings. “We’ll have a gay old time!” examines the rise in popularity of local drag, as well as how drag performances have been married into the local entertainment and nightlife scene (including concerts, thanks to a mission by I Heart Local Music).
This event falls during PRIDE month, with PRIDE celebrations kicking off downtown on June 24th and 25th.
Art show: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Drag performance by MsAmanda Love: 4:30 PM
About the artist: Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than two decades in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more. Fally is also the recipient of the Rocket Grant Award, which helped develop live music events for her community. Her work garnered attention nationwide after features in BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post. Currently, she resides in Lawrence, Kansas, where she focuses on live events and photographs for various media entities.