We’re glad you’re here.

Welcome! This website, Community and Culture on East Ninth, was created to share information about the East Ninth project in Lawrence, Kansas, and what it means for our community.

If you are already familiar with the basics of the project, we encourage you to view our detailed Frequently Asked Questions page.

Based on several years of work by multiple participants including the Lawrence Cultural Task Force, The City Commission and East Lawrence residents, The Lawrence Arts Center received a prestigious ArtPlace grant award for the infusion of art into a streetscape project along a seven-block stretch of East Ninth Street, from Delaware to Massachusetts. This area is an important connection between historic Downtown Lawrence, the historic East Lawrence neighborhood and the Industrial Historic District (commonly called the Warehouse Arts District).

We are excited for the core opportunities this grant presents:
  • Working together as a community on the project.
  • Promoting creative ways to encourage pedestrian, cycling and bus routes in our neighborhood so that we can be a model for the rest of the city.
  • Extending the Burroughs Creek Trail to be more than simply recreational.
  • Promoting native plantings and awareness of the importance these have in our ecosystem, as well as demonstrating how plantings and gardens can be art.
  • Remembering our collective history, including the church, the school and the neighborhood.
  • ART. Engaging everyone in our community and showing how art is an asset to our city and how it can be functional.

We recommend you check out our FAQ page which has details on the East Ninth project.

What is the East Ninth project?

City of the Arts
 

City of the Arts

Lawrence is a City of the Arts and what a better way to display this than creating a walk-able beautiful street for the neighborhood where so many artists live. —Joan Golden
What is East Ninth?
 

What is East Ninth?

The Lawrence Arts Center received a prestigious ArtPlace grant award for the infusion of art into a streetscape project along East 9th Street, from Delaware to Massachusetts. The City of Lawrence's Capital Improvement Program will provide funds for design and construction of street infrastructure.
Preserving Infrastructure
 

Preserving Infrastructure

East Lawrence has always been a neighborhood of constant change since first inhabited in the 1800s. Looking forward to the next generation of residents, if we don’t care for the area in which we live then it will simply collapse into a heap. —The Tichenor family
What is the purpose?
 

What is the purpose?

To improve and update the streetscape and public right of way, and to facilitate and implement art as part of the design and integrated aspects of the streetscape.
A linear park
 

A linear park

Always the focus of this project has been on developing the revelation of our art and culture DNA in our community. The outcome of this project should result in this scene becoming one of Lawrence’s most cherished gems. —Bob Schumm
Learn more
 

Learn more

Have more questions? Need more information? Want to show your support for the East Ninth project? Email hello@eastninth.com, or check out the list of resources about this project.
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