About EPICenter's Coordinating Members
This group brings together a diversity of perspectives, unique experiences as activists, and wide range of skills as organizers, artists and educators.
Connie is an artist, designer, and adventure cartographer. Her work often reflects her Peruvian heritage and inspiration to create community growth through visuals and communication. As a community member Connie is currently serving as a board member of the Douglas County Food Policy Council. She has been selected as one of 13 nationwide Latinx to attend the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture: Advocacy Leadership Institute in D.C. She is a proud to be the first KS resident NALAC ALI Fellow. Connie is the organizer of the Lawrence Womxn of Color History Mural.
Dave Loewenstein is a muralist, writer and community arts organizer based in Lawrence. He
has led more than one hundred mural projects across the U.S. and abroad. His, prints which
focus on social justice issues, are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York
and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles among others.
Leah Evans received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas with a concentration in Expanded Media. Spanning over many disciplines, her work often explores the complex identities that stem from being part of a multicultural family. Most recently, Leah has primarily focused on photography and ceramics. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and daughter. Leah is also a Leading member of the Lawrence Womxn of Color History Mural.
Tai Amri Spann-Ryan
Tai Amri Spann-Wilson is a Lawrence poet and pastor. Drawing from his Philadelphia and New
Jersey lineage, Spann-Wilson's work deconstructs race, class, gender and sexuality, and
incorporates his various spiritual interests. He is a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of
Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, and a 2016 winner of the Langston Hughes Creative