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Arts education programming at the Lawrence Arts Center encourages students of all ages and experience levels to experiment, explore, and deepen understanding of art while making lasting connections with their teachers and each other. Classes fit a variety of schedules, experience levels, and interests, and financial aid is available for those who demonstrate financial need.

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Arts Education Programming


Arts-Based Preschool and Kindergarten

The arts-based approach pioneered at the Lawrence Arts Center sets the stage for a lifetime love of learning. The Arts-Based Preschool is for children ages 3-5 and provides social, motor, and creative experiences that excite love for learning. The Arts Based Kindergarten for children ages 5-6  continues this approach with a special focus on preparing young students to develop innovation skills. Through rich and varied experiences with the arts in combination with a sound curriculum, children grow in both self-esteem and intellectual ability. Lots of fun, love, and rich learning experiences that nurture creative thinking, decision making, imagination, and art appreciation.

Linda Reimond, Arts-Based Preschool Director:

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School of Dance

The Lawrence Arts Center’s dance curriculum is guided by leading professionals in each discipline, and also by the national dance education standards set by the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the National Dance Education Association. With over 200 years of experience in the dance field, our faculty enable students to follow a sequential program, and develop skills appropriate for their age and level. Building the artist as well as the art, we encourage students to become their best within the spectrum of each discipline, develop a sense of artistry and to experience the joy of dance.

Hanan Misko, Director of the School of Dance:

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Steam Based Visual Arts

STEAM Program

The Lawrence Arts Center is at the forefront of the movement to integrate science, technology, engineering, and math education with art, transforming STEM to STEAM. Art Space is the Lawrence Arts Center’s signature art and science program for students in 1st-5th grade with an integrated science and art curriculum that meets national art education and science standards.

Neal Barbour, Director of Youth Education:

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Youth Arts

Youth art experiences at the Lawrence Arts Center encourage students to experiment, explore, and deepen understanding of the visual and performing arts while making lasting connections across disciplines, between art forms, and with each other.  Classes fit a variety of schedules, experience levels, and interests.

Neal Barbour, Director of Youth Education:

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Arts Institutes

The Lawrence Arts Center Arts Institutes program offers a place for young people in 6th through 12th grades to immerse themselves in a creative environment and discover art outside of academics, explore new mediums, develop a portfolio, and exercise their visions. Arts Institutes offer instruction in visual arts, dance, theater, and digital media for beginners through advanced students in an accepting, inspired, artistic atmosphere. In addition to artistic skill, focus is on building initiative, self-direction, productivity and leadership.

Students age 14+ are also welcome in adult classes, unless otherwise indicated in the description.

Neal Barbour, Director of Youth Education:

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Adult Education

The Arts Center’s adult education program features classes in a wide variety of visual arts and performing arts classes–from printmaking and ceramics to ballroom dancing and ballet. With a focus on creative connections, building community and developing artistic skills & techniques, the adult education program offers opportunities for those new to the arts to professional artists. Its never too late to learn something new!

Kyla Strid, Director of Adult Education and Artist Residences:

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