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Lawrence organizations select Langston Hughes awards winners | CJ Online

January 28, 2018 By Savanna Maue  Each year, the Raven Book Store and the Lawrence Arts Center collaborate to honor two Douglas County writers they feel encompass the spirit of Langston Hughes, an American poet, social activist, novelist and playwright who spent his childhood in Lawrence. The Creative Writing Awards are given to those who continue in … Continued


Free State Festival Joins the Alliance

Last week, Free State Festival Director Marlo Angell travelled to Midway, Utah for the annual Arthouse Convergence Conference to learn more about issues in independent film exhibition and connect with other professionals in the industry. Film festival organizers, arthouse cinema personnel, film distributors, service providers and filmmakers ‘converged’ for a week-long symposium of panels, key-note … Continued


Latest production from Lawrence Arts Center serves as ‘cautionary tale’ | UDK

January 25, 2018 Nicole Asbury The latest production from the Lawrence Arts Center will be evaluating the parallelism of the current political climate to the actions that led to the Holocaust. The production, called “Bent,” recounts the story of a gay protagonist in the time period, except with an Americanized twist. Read more …


Citizen of the Years, ATHENA Award winners announced | The Chamber

The Chamber announces the recipients of two prestigious awards recognizing outstanding commitment to the Lawrence community and its citizens. Shirley Martin-Smith is the recipient of the Citizen of the Years award, while Cindy Maude will receive the ATHENA Award, presented by Crown Automotive. Both awards will be presented to the winners at The Chamber’s Annual … Continued



International Holocaust Remembrance Day Events

The Lawrence Arts Center will recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a screening of the film, Big Sonia, and a performance of the play, Bent, on Saturday, January, 27. “Key to the strength of Big Sonia is its refusal to give in to easy bromides. Its use of animation to illustrate Sonia’s memories spins off her own artful … Continued


Inventor Grrls in 5 Days!

Only five days left until Inventor Grrls begins! And we have two full scholarships! This Design/Build workshop for 6th-9th grade girls partners with local organizations (Gould Evans Architecture, Bowersock Dam, Lawrence Creates Makerspace, and others) to solve real-world problems with art and design. Learn how to use new and expanded media in teams to create cool … Continued


Kindergarten Parent Information Meeting

Prospective 2018-2019 Kelly Galloway Kindergarten families are invited to attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm in Room 105 (the kindergarten room) at the Lawrence Arts Center.  The curriculum developed for this groundbreaking arts based kindergarten completes the continuum of the award winning academic programming pioneered at the Arts Center.  With … Continued


School’s Out, Fun’s In

When school is out on Friday, February 16th and then again on Thursday and Friday, February 22nd-23rd, the Arts Center will be busy with fun art activities. We combine the performing and visual arts for an all-day arts experience for 1st through 5th graders. Friday, February 16th will be Kinetic Kids, where students look at … Continued


Art Heals with Molly Krause

  “I believe in salvation through art; in fact, art may be the only thing to save us. Making my unknown known is how I think of creativity and I’ve personally shown my unknown in a variety of ways at different stages of my life: dance, the culinary arts, and writing. Figuring out how to … Continued