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Video: Kaw River Canoe Workshop

The Kaw River Canoe Workshop is one of the highlights of our summer adult education offerings. Special thank you to the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund for supporting this special workshop where students construct and launch their own canoes down the Kaw River. Check out some highlights of last year’s launch (including some beautiful drone photography … [more]

Early Academic Training. . .

Peter Gray, Ph. D states “A number of well-controlled studies have compared the effects of academically oriented early education classrooms with those of play-based classrooms. . . The results are quite consistent from study to study:  Early academic training somewhat increases children’s immediate scores on the specific tests that the training is aimed at (no surprise), … [more]

Potbelly fundraiser to support the Arts Center!

There ain’t no party like a sandwich party, and the Lawrence Arts Center knows how to celebrate! Join us on May 18th, from 4-8pm, at Potbelly Sandwich Shop. 40% of sales during that time will be donated to the Arts Center. Potbelly is located at 1618 W. 23rd Street. Visit or call 785-551-5204 for … [more]

6 Words: Our Stories, Our Power

7th graders from Liberty Memorial Central Middle School were thrilled to receive t-shirts this morning with their own Six Word Memoirs printed on them thanks to the Zinn Family Foundation in memory of Rebecca Zinn. Published author Molly Krause guided each 7th grade student in creative writing exercises culminating in short memoirs that succinctly reflect … [more]

Meet Cabaret Du Monde’s Sihka Ann Destroy

Sihka Ann Destroy is a St. Louis native who began studying body movement and performance arts in the late 90’s and shortly after began traveling around the country as a street performer. During this time she came in contact with and studied many different types of performance art. In 2010, she and her daughter Willow … [more]

Kaw-tography with Kent Smith and Matt Lord

Are you ready for adventure? The Lawrence Art Center is proud to present, Kaw-tograpy, a new class dedicated to creative exploration and the magic/science/mythology of the Kansas River. Join instructors Matthew Lord and Kent Smith as you navigate new ways of thinking, problem solving and storytelling. Explore a variety of media as we discover fresh … [more]

Summer Youth Theatre Cast Lists are Here!

Summer Youth Theatre Cast Lists have been posted! Congratulations to all of the talented young performers who will be joining us both on stage and behind the scenes this summer. See links for full cast lists: Disney’s The Lion King, Jr She Kills Monsters Charlotte’s Web Les Misérables

Meet Cabaret Du Monde’s Nick Carswell

Singer-songwriter, Nick Carswell,  is an Irishman who has been living in Kansas for almost 6 years. He plays music with Carswell & Hope, Pink Royal, and a variety of other projects. Influenced by the tradition of Irish songwriters from Van Morrison through to Glen Hansard, Nick is performing a piece written by Irish poet Patrick … [more]

Fun Facts About Cabaret Du Monde

Did you know? Over 40 students from the Lawrence Arts Center’s own School of Theatre and Music are performing in Cabaret Du Monde. 6 groups of professional performers are featured in the show. There are 22 different numbers incorporating more than 10 different styles of performance – ranging from Irish dance to ukulele music to aerial … [more]

Free State Story Slam: Fooling Around

Story Slam is coming up on May 5 and this month’s theme is “Fooling Around.” There will be lively music by the House Jumpers Band starting at 7pm, stories at 7:30pm and the evening will be hosted by Blake Friis. This is the last event of the 2016-2017 season, so don’t miss this Moth-style evening of stories … [more]