Outdoor Art Experiences Abound This Weekend at the ELNA Block Party + Rebuilding East Ninth Final Event

Image from the East Lawrence Family Tree project by Matthew Lord.

This Saturday, October 3, the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association is teaming up with the Rebuilding East Ninth Together project for an evening of socially distant art FUN! There will be free food, art activities, films, and live music throughout the East Lawrence neighborhood that can be experienced safely and at a distance. Masks are required and maps will be provided. All are welcome to come out to celebrate the closing of this impactful public art grant with our East Lawrence friends and neighbors!

***At all sites along our ELNA + E9th Fall Event Art Walk, please be mindful of the safety and well being of our friends and neighbors. Stay home if you are sick or under quarantine orders. Wear your mask correctly. Respect at least 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and other attendees whenever possible. Please refrain from gathering in large groups. Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer when you can. We want to see you, but we want to be safe!

The evening will start off with a Community Meal at the Sunrise Project, served drive up or walk up from 5-6pm at 1501 Learnard. Wear masks, please! A volunteer will then greet you and take your order — meat or vegetarian and how many you need. Your greeter will then bring your meals back to you, and you can find a lovely place to picnic it, or consume it as you go along visiting the other sites in the artwalk. The menu for our event is burgers, both meat and vegetarian, prepared on site, a side dish created by Rebuilding East Ninth Together grant recipient Epicenter, plus a dessert. This Meal is Free! And open to all! But your donations to Sunrise that evening would be accepted and welcome. And please let us know if you require delivery of a meal. We have delivery drivers on hand to bring meals to folks who can’t make it to the Sunrise site. Along with each meal, you’ll get a free raffle ticket and a map of the event. We’ll serve meals as supplies last, and will stop serving at 6pm.


At the Community Meal, you’ll get a map of sites along our Art Walk. We’ll have someone moving through the neighborhood with extra maps too, and we’ll put out some signs so you’ll know what’s where. Attractions WILL continue to be added, and there WILL be sites all throughout the neighborhood, but here are a few highlights:

Hobbs Park Learning Garden — seed bomb making and rock painting, 5-7pm, at Hobbs Park

Sounds of East Lawrence — music and film projection, 6-10pm, Van Go parking lot, 715 New Jersey St.

Wishing Bench Film — outdoor screening of a short film, screenings at 7, 7:30, and 8pm at the Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.

East Lawrence Family Tree Project — projections of portraits done for the project, 5-10pm, at Art Emergency at 721 E9th St.

901 Pennsylvania Concerts — perennial Block Party favorites, Byron James and band will play the porch at 901 Pennsylvania St. time tbd.

You’ll get one free raffle ticket with each meal. The raffle items will be listed on the Rebuilding East Ninth website https://www.rebuildingeastninth.com/. The raffle will be open for a whole week, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets before the drawing concludes.

For updated information, visit the Facebook event.

With Questions and to Volunteer — email Lane at eastlawrence@yahoo.com.