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The Lawrence Arts Center is a regional hub for visual and performing arts, contemporary exhibitions, film, and lectures. These programs are strengthened by fully developed curricula in ballet and modern dance, theater performance, and visual arts that observe National Core standards. The Arts Center employs over 120 teaching artists, and hosts entrepreneurship, professional development and artist-in-residencies for artists across disciplines. The Lawrence Arts Center enrolls 10,000 students annually, offers a robust financial aid program and greets over 200,000 visitors and audience members each year.

The Lawrence Arts Center is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, so your contribution is tax-deductible as allowed by law.


The mission of the Lawrence Arts Center is to create excellent and meaningful arts experiences with and for the community through education, exhibitions, and performances.

Board of Directors

  • Sheryl Jacobs,  Chairman
  • Don Buchner, Vice Chairman
  • Chris English, Treasurer
  • Diane Horning, Secretary
  • Jean Anderson
  • Clare Doveton
  • Joshua Falleaf
  • Ron Gaches
  • Matt Gilhousen
  • Joan Golden
  • David Hollond
  • Isabel Johnson
  • Dalton Paley
  • Hong Zhang

National Advisory Board

Mike Michaelis
Chairman of Emprise Bank, Wichita, Kansas

Deanell Reece Tacha
Professor of Law and Dean of Pepperdine School of Law, Malibu, California

Roger Shimomura
Artist and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas

Susan Tate
Lawrence Arts Center CEO Emeritus