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The Lawrence Arts Center is a public and private partnership, a regional center for visual and performing arts, contemporary exhibitions, film, and lectures. These programs are complemented by fully developed curricula in ballet and modern dance, theater performance, and visual arts. The Arts Center employs over 120 teaching artists whose courses observe Kennedy Center standards for visual and performing arts. 10,000 students take courses annually, and the Arts Center greets over 200,000 visitors 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