The original idea, formed in 2007 by a group of artists, architects, writers and others, was to create a more supportive environment for the arts after a string of gallery closings and a slow draining away of artists to regions with more opportunities. There was a recognition that within a formal school environment, artists enjoy an infrastructure of mentors, classes, fellow students, work space and funding. Beyond this familiar cocoon, working artists must find new spaces and supportive communities enabling them to evolve in their practice. The original concept for the Percolator was to fill a niche for working artists in Lawrence while creating a new place for the public to learn about and experience the arts. Importantly, this would be a place where artists and audiences could interact comfortably. Far away from the established urban centers of art and culture, there is a desire for something more active and fulfilling, beyond the typical cultural entertainment fare. The Percolator is our response to this need, in our corner of the world.