Engaging Spaces: Baldwin City Mural Bench Program for Sullivan Square

As part of Baldwin City’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Lumberyard Arts Center, Baldwin City Library and the City of Baldwin City partnered to produce a free community arts class funded by the Douglas County Community Foundation. Working with a lead artist, class participants will design and create five historically-themed benches. The lead artists included Becky Weaver, Christina Malicke, Kathy Bourgeois, Lisa Slavin and Meg Cundiff.

On Saturday, August 8, 2020, our first mural bench was revealed by Team Becky Weaver with Vickie Weaver, Luke Weaver, Bronté Bailey-Batman and Sommer Brecheisen and Sunny Allen.

Lucy’s Legacy

2020

By Becky Weaver, Vickie Weaver, Luke Weaver, Sunny Allen, Sommer Brecheisen, Bronte Bailey-Batman

Lucy’s Legacy is a bench mural that depicts Lucy Sweet Sullivan and the Petticoat Council. Lucy was elected the first female mayor of Baldwin City, Kansas in 1889. That same year the city council was also composed entirely of women. The women got to work to improve the city by repairing sidewalks, cutting weeds and grass, and most notably, building a bridge crossing Tauy Creek. The bridge still stands and can be seen at 11th and High Street. Lucy and her husband John lived in the heart of Baldwin, at what is now known as Sullivan Square.  Fondly known as Aunt Lucy and Uncle John to the Baker students, they provided a home and place for social gatherings. We hope that this mural and this community space will once again become a place for people to gather.

Pictures of the Process

Meeting with lead artists, with arts center and Baldwin City Library. City Council member, Brian Cramer, sharing development of Sullivan Square.
Engaging Spaces participants meet to form teams and share ideas for mural bench themes.
Team Becky’s first meeting at the Baldwin City Library and researching Lucy Sullivan.
Painting begins.
Designing the back of the mural.

 

  Becky putting finishing touches on Lucy’s hair comb.

 

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