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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.


Our mission is to enrich and invigorate the community by offering the best in contemporary exhibitions, performance, and visual and performing arts education.

Board of Directors

  • Joan Golden,¬† Chairman
  • Sheryl Jacobs, Vice Chairman
  • Diane Horning, Treasurer
  • Jean Anderson
  • Don Buchner
  • Tim Caboni
  • Clare Doveton
  • Chris English
  • Joshua Falleaf
  • Ron Gaches
  • Matt Gilhousen
  • David Hollond
  • Tony Krsnich
  • Ellie LeCompte
  • Michel Loomis
  • Cindy Maude
  • Dalton Paley
  • Evan Williams
  • 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

Kevin Willmott
Film director and screenwriter, Professor of Film, University of Kansas