New downtown Lawrence mural to reflect arts community, artistic inclusion

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A new mural to be painted in downtown Lawrence is meant to encourage people to slow down and absorb their surroundings.

To be created by Kansas City-based artist JT Daniels, the mural will encompass several artistic disciplines such as dance, performance, music and visual art, according to a news release. Depicted figures will be in the acts of creation and expression.

“At the core of my artwork is the human experience,” Daniels said in the release. “My goal is to capture the essence of the people that make the Lawrence arts community so unique and vibrant.”

The Lawrence Arts Center is partnering with Daniels. The mural will be located in the alley east of 10th & Mass Studios at 1000 Massachusetts Street, Suite D.

“We hope this mural inspires artists of all kinds to explore their creativity,” Andy Smith, Arts Center director of youth education, said in the release. “JT is an artist that contributes his talents and creativity to promote strong communities. We are happy to add his art to Lawrence’s public art collection and showcase an important part of what makes Lawrence so special.”

Folks passing by can catch Daniels in action as he paints the mural from Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12. 

The mural’s completion will be celebrated during a series of events for the Lawrence Arts Center’s 50th birthday, scheduled for Friday, May 24 to Saturday, May 25. See the full lineup at this link.

Learn more on the Arts Center’s website,

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Maya Hodison (she/her), equity reporter, can be reached at mhodison (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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