Ninth Street Corridor Project Top Priority in Lawrence Cultural District
It’s obvious that Lawrence is using the $500,000 grant from Art Place America wisely as this public art project begins to takes shape. Lawrence’s commitment to the arts is evident in the multiple purposes that will be served by the “Street Scape” project; The grant was secured because of the character facets of this project.
Aside from much needed repairs, the project was created to with artist and engineer collaboration in mind. The two groups will work together on design and placement of benches, fixtures and walkways. The idea is for the art infusion to take place during the construction process. Artists, contractors and near by residents will be afforded a level of involvement to “revitalize” the character of this neighborhood.
The continued participation from these groups, with a common interest and vision for the neighborhood, creates a possible standard for successfully incorporating public art with urban planning. Hats off to Lawrence for demonstrating leadership in the Kansas Art World that can be repeated in many cities.
Lawrence revs up a public art project. Lawrence, like Kansas City down the road, has demonstrated a concerted commitment to the arts with a newly christened Cultural District and the creation of a full-time, city-financed arts and culture directorship. These are just two of the reasons why …