WAK’Ó MUJERES PHỤ NỮ WOMXN MURAL
A HISTORY PROJECT ABOUT RACE & GENDER CREATED BY: BLACK, BROWN, & ASIAN WOMXN
WAK’Ó MUJERES PHỤ NỮ WOMXN MURAL
Our project title encompasses a few of the many languages representative of past and present womxn who called this land their home. Each word translates literally into "womxn" so that the title stands alone as an homage to womxn's histories. The project is a multi-sensory one that highlights Womxn of Color across various heritages, linguistic ties, and cultures.
Wak’ó : Representing the indigenous women of Kanza.
Mujeres : Spanish, the second most spoken language in KS.
Phụ nữ : Vietnamese, the third most spoken language apart in KS.
This project is a celebration of the daily life and work, past and present, of Womxn of Color* (WoC) in Lawrence, Kansas; a monumental honoring of our presence, our creativity, and our labor as indispensable and integral members of this community. With the support of several grants (Rocket Grant & a Creative Arts Industries Commission grant from the Department of Commerce), we will collect oral histories from WoC who have stories they wish to share about their personal experiences in Lawrence. After this initial phase of the project reaches completion, our team will transcribe these gathered histories, interpret them into a visual design, and move towards the collaborative mural-making phase of the project. We aim to complete this project in its entirety by Summer of 2018 and the oral histories collected by our team will be archived on this website.
*Womxn A spelling of women, that is more inclusive to individuals who are: non-binary, femme, trans, and Women of Color.
*Womxn of Color Womxn who are unable to scape from racism; Black, Brown, and Asian womxn. (For this project we are using the word Asian; as the racialized term.)
About the Team
The Core Design Team; consists of Girls and Womxn of Color. Together they have translated the collected histories of Lawrence’s WoC into a visual mural design.
RESHAPING THE SOCIETAL NORMS OF “WHO GETS TO TELL HISTORY” AND “HOW”.
About The Project Leaders
Nedra is an artist who uses her talents to share messages about social justice and to teach and preserve history. Her primary art medium is quilt making, and has created more than 100 so far. These have been displayed in various traveling art shows, and locally at the Jazz Museum, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Park University. She majored in American Studies at the University of Kansas and spent some time teaching college classes and working in the field of education.
To learn more about Nedra, check out: “Say Yes, Show Up, and Bring Somebody with You.” and "After Kicking Cancer, Kansas City Artist Nedra Bonds Shows Her Life's Work"
Connie Fiorella Fitzpatrick
ARTIST & PROJECT COORDINATOR
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.
Marylin is a multi-disciplinary artist in Kansas. She is a Latinx woman from southwest Kansas. She earned an Associate of Arts at Dodge City Community College 2011 and graduated from the Arts Program at the University of Kansas in 2015. She has experience with multiple community mural projects. Marylin was a part of a large, collaborative commissioned sculpture project for the Federal Reserve of Kansas City in 2014. She is also a board member of the Enclave, an art collaborative, and a member of W.O.C* Makers in Lawrence KS. *w.o.c.: pronounced woke; woman of color.
Imani A. Wadud
Imani grew up in the D.C. Metropolitan area and is the mother of two. She served as cultural ambassador and English language assistant for the French Embassy and worked in Loudéac for a year. Imani also organized participated in feminist, antiracist, and immigrant rights initiatives during the ten years she lived in Regensburg, Germany. Currently, Imani is a doctoral student in the Department of American Studies at the University of Kansas and is one of twelve recipients of the Chancellor Doctoral Fellowship. Her scholarship analyzes how community-based and participatory projects can be tools for empowerment and function as catalysts for civic engagement and intersectional remembrance. Some of her pastimes include gardening, dance, and video games.
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.
TO LEARN MORE: WWW.WOCMURAL.COM
Copyright 2018 WAK’Ó MUJERES PHỤ NỮ WOMXN MURAL
MURAL LOCATED OUTSIDE THE LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY
707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044