Eastside People’s Intercultural Center (EPICENTER)

The vision of the Eastside People’s Intercultural Center (EPICENTER) is to explore the development of a new intercultural arts space and hands-on archive that highlights, is led by and serves underrepresented communities in Douglas County. In the next year, we will be coordinating an exhibition of contemporary social movements, a People’s Art speakers series, a radical history walking tour, and traveling to consult with leaders of inspiring cultural organizations.


Epicenter is still in the formation stages. Our years of exploratory programming and community visioning will help guide the shape, focus and scale of what we hope will be a dynamic and uplifting new cultural space for Lawrence and the region.

 
 

Envisioning a Cultural Center


EPICENTER’s programing and events are part of our year of research, to imagine and evaluate the capacity to potentially open a new cultural center in Lawrence KS. Help us shape the future of EPICENTER by filling out this short form.


 
 
 

Coordinating Members

Alex Kimball Williams
Christopher Santee
Connie Fiorella Fitzpatrick
Dave Loewenstein
Leah Evans
Tai Amri Spann-Ryan

This group brings together a diversity of perspectives, unique experiences as activists, and wide range of skills as organizers, artists and educators.


 
 

 
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Alex Kimball Williamsa

Alex Kimball Williams is a multicultural writer, speaker, musician & scientist. They operate within several groups, including BLACK Lawrence (Black Literature & Arts Collective of Kansas), Epicenter (East-side People's Intercultural Center) & Girls Rock Lawrence. Their work often focuses on identity politics, ethnic conflict, culture & the beauty of people of color. Kimball Williams is the recipient of the 2018 MLK Dreamer's award, a local award given to one person per year for spreading a revolutionary vision & change in the community. Currently, Kimball Williams is a writer in residence with the Lawrence Arts Center. Whether it's performing protest songs, writing articles online or teaching inclusion & cultural competence, Kimball Williams radically stirs up their community with their multicultural & scientific approach to issues of social & environmental justice.

 
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Dave Loewenstein

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.

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Christopher Santee

Christopher Santee is a Spanish language teacher at Raintree Montessori in Lawrence, KS. Since 2012 Christopher has devised curriculum and implemented international peace education summer programs in Latin America 5 times in El Salvador and once each in Costa Rica and Brazil. Christopher manages the Lawrence Adult Soccer League (LASL) as well as serving as Vice President on the LASL board. Christopher has been a collaborator with Eastside People's Intercultural Center (Epicenter) for the past year, helping to implement the People's Art Speaker Series.

 
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Leah Evans

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.

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Connie Fiorella Fitzpatrick

Connie is a community-based public art organizer, artist, and Equitable Food Systems advocate based in Lawrence, KS. Her work reflects her Peruvian heritage where she lived until age ten and focuses on projects that build racial and cultural equity. She is the organizer of the Womxn of Color Mural in Lawrence and serves on the Douglas County Food Policy Council. Connie helped shape the county's Food System Plan with her work as a Community Coordinator with the Sunrise Project; where she used the arts as an alternative method for collecting data from Lawrence’s Spanish speaking community. She is the first Kansan Fellow from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures-ALI, and is a coordinator of the Eastside People’s Intercultural Center (Epicenter).

 
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Tai Amri Spann-Ryan

Tai Amri Spann-Ryan is an educator, writer and former pastor based in Lawrence, Kansas but born and raised in the Philadelphia area with almost a decade of experience involved in the community movements in Oakland, California. He is a founding member of BLACK (Black Literary and Arts Collective of Kansas) Lawrence and a recipient of Lawrence's Langston Hughes Art Award for Poetry. His work and teaching incorporate lessons of marginalized voices from the African diaspora to the Queer Community. He hopes to create safe space for marginalized youth in Lawrence to experience culturally relevant teachings from and with their peers and elders and is a coordinator of the Eastside People's Intercultural Center (Epicenter).

 

 

Our fiscal sponsor Sunrise Project, learn more about their work:
https://sunriseprojectks.org/
1501 Learnard Ave.STE. ELawrence, KS 66044