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Indiegogo Campaign for the Kansas Women’s Mural

Check out this lovely video made by friends and fellow artists Amber Hansen and Nicholas Ward to raise funds for the women’s mural. Click on the image to watch.

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And visit our campaign here  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kansas-women-s-mural/x/4440199 Big thanks to all who contributed and got the word out to help make this a success.

 

 

Article about the Women’s Mural in the Topeka Capital-Journal

 

 

Design process for Kansas Women’s

Mural to begin

Meeting with lead artist slated for Saturday at Topeka library

Posted: March 7, 2014 – 2:31pm
Ashley Laird, an artist and Washburn University alumna living in Lawrence, will lead an information meeting and discussion about the Kansas Women's Mural, the new panel for the Great Wall of Topeka, at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Laird also will talk about her previous work and the community-based process she uses to create murals.  JAN BILES/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL

JAN BILES/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL
Ashley Laird, an artist and Washburn University alumna living in Lawrence, will lead an information meeting and discussion about the Kansas Women’s Mural, the new panel for the Great Wall of Topeka, at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Laird also will talk about her previous work and the community-based process she uses to create murals.

KANSAS WOMEN’S MURAL

What: An informal meeting, presentation and discussion led by artist and Washburn University alumna Ashley Laird about the Kansas Women’s Mural, the next panel to be created for the Great Mural Wall of Topeka

Who: Open to the public; all ages welcome; no art experience necessary

When: 2 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th Ave.

Information: http://greatwalloftopeka.blogspot.com/

 

LAWRENCE — Lawrence artist Ashley Laird says working on the Great Mural Wall of Topeka and other mural projects around the globe makes her a better person.

“Part of that is due to learning about the world and empathizing with others who I didn’t know before, and especially who come from different backgrounds,” she said.

Laird, who grew up in Topeka and earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Washburn University in 2011, is the lead artist for the Kansas Women’s Mural, the next panel for the Great Mural Wall at S.W. 20th and Western.

She will conduct an informational meeting and discussion about the women’s mural at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. The meeting is open to all ages. No art experience is necessary.

During the meeting, Laird will give a presentation about her previous work and the community-based process she uses to create murals. Afterward, attendees will be asked to provide input and ideas about the history and accomplishments of Kansas women, as well as current issues facing them.

“It’s collaborative, so we need and want people to help us,” she said.

Community meetings and design workshops will be scheduled throughout March, with the design being developed in April. Painting will start in early May and is expected to be completed by early June.

“We will have community paint days the first weekend of painting,” Laird said, adding previous paint days have drawn from 100 to 150 people.

Laird has been involved with the Great Mural Wall in the past, having served as lead artist K.T. Walsh’s assistant in 2009 and 2010 and as the lead artist herself in 2011.

The Kansas Women’s Mural will be the eighth panel created for the Great Mural Wall, a project facilitated by the Chesney Park Neighborhood Improvement Association to celebrate “a people’s history and vision for Topeka.”

Previous panels have focused on community leader Grant Cushinberry, Central Park, the Kansas Free Fair, Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case, the Elmhurst Neighborhood, endangered species of the region and the local arts scene.

Laird has worked on numerous public art projects since graduating from Washburn. Within the past year, she and Lawrence muralist Dave Loewenstein have traveled to South Korea, South Dakota, Texas and Nebraska to help with community-based mural projects. In 2012, she received the Arts Advocate Award from the Topeka YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment.

Laird said the process she uses to create community murals involves historical research, interviews and field research, community organizing, presentations, fundraising, and collaborating with city officials and others.

“The stories we tell (with the murals) are often ones that are looked over or left out. So, this gives us a chance to claim some public space to share, remember and celebrate these important aspects of our culture,” she said. “In the end, it feels like a real accomplishment and gives me hope in a civic process.”

Jan Biles can be reached at (785) 295-1292 or jan.biles@cjonline.com.
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Kansas Women’s Mural-Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Community Meeting to discuss the new Kansas Women’s Mural, Saturday, March 8th at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

 February 14, 2014

Topeka, KS – Artist Ashley Laird will lead an informational meeting and discussion about a new Kansas Women’s Mural for the Great Mural Wall of Topeka. The meeting will be at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on Saturday, March 8th at 2:00pm. Laird, the lead artist for the project, will give a presentation about her previous work and the community-based process she uses to create murals. Following her presentation, the group will be asked to give input and ideas about the history, accomplishments and current issues facing women in Kansas. The meeting is open to the public, all ages, and no art experience is necessary.

The Kansas Women’s Mural will be the eighth panel created for the Great Mural Wall, a project facilitated by the Chesney Park Neighborhood Improvement Association to celebrate a People’s History and Vision for Topeka. The Women’s Mural project will begin in March with community meetings and design workshops. Painting will start in late April. A dedication is planned for late May. Previous panels on the wall have focused on community leader Grant Cushinberry, Central Park, the Kansas Free Fair, Brown v. Board, the Elmhurst Neighborhood, Endangered animals of the region and the local arts scene.

Ashley Laird is a muralist and studio artist based in Lawrence, Kansas. After graduating from Washburn University with a BFA in 2011, she has worked on numerous public projects including murals in Joplin, MO; Arkadelphia, AR; Waco, TX; Queens, NY; Songdo, South Korea and Sioux Falls, SD. In 2012, Laird was honored with the Arts Advocate Award from the Topeka YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment.

The Great Mural Wall is located just west of the Kansas Expocentre on the retaining wall of the Topeka Water Division at 20th and Western.

 Media Contact:

Ashley Laird

785-221-4513

ashleyjanelaird@gmail.com

Arkadelphia, Ar…

Arkadelphia, Arkansas will be home for the next two months as I fulfill my role as mural assistant for the current Mid-America Mural.

This is the first time I will be officially joining the mural team, I worked informally in Joplin, Mo last summer. Arkansas is the the fourth state to receive a mural from Mid-America Arts Alliance as part of this project with Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri before them and Nebraska and Texas to come in 2013.

Our accommodations in Arkadelphia are just splendid as I think you can tell by this porch picture. We are staying at the McNutt House a colonial style bed and breakfast. It’s actually for sale if your in the market but please don’t buy it until we leave town.