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November 2016

Winter /Spring Open Enrollment

November 20, 2016 @ 8:00 am - May 31, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

The Lawrence Arts Center offers sequential educational programming for preschoolers through adults in visual and performing arts. We invite beginners and adventurers of all ages who wish to learn an art form. Click here for class listings! We invite beginners and adventurers of all ages who wish to learn an art form! Early enrollment is a benefit of membership! Members also receive 10% off on classes—click here to learn how to   become a member. Become a member when you enroll and…


January 2017

Daniel Rozin: Penguins Mirror

January 13 @ 8:00 am - February 25 @ 9:00 pm

Receptions: January 13  |   7-9 pm and January 27  |  5-9 pm Penguins Mirror is an installation comprised of 450 motorized stuffed penguins. Playing with the compositional possibilities of black and white, each penguin turns from side to side in response to the presence of an audience. The penguins’ collective intelligence is puzzling yet somehow familiar as the plush toys enact a precise choreography rooted in geometry. For nearly three decades, Daniel Rozin’s practice has investigated the structure and…


Louis Copt: Raising the Barn

January 13 @ 9:00 am - February 25 @ 9:00 pm

Receptions: January 13  |   7-9 pm and January 27  |  5-9 pm INSIGHT ArtTalk: January 23  |  7 pm Artist Louis Copt has been painting full-time since 1984. He received a BA in art from Emporia State University in 1971, studied at the Art Students League in New York City, and has taken classes in drawing and painting at the University of Kansas.  In 2011, Copt was named “Governor’s Artist” by the Kansas Arts Commission.  He is a past…


Photography: Richard Gwin & Mike Yoder

January 13 @ 9:00 am - February 25 @ 9:00 pm

Receptions: January 13  |   7-9 pm and January 27  |  5-9 pm INSIGHT ArtTalk: January 18  |  7pm Richard Gwin and Mike Yoder are well regarded photographers, both of whom live in Lawrence and spent many years taking photographs with the Lawrence Journal World.  Their combined years of work, documenting the history and people of Lawrence, serve as a rich resource for contemplating the community’s future. This exhibition provides insight into each photographer’s approach to capturing the essence of…


February 2017

Castaway Island

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A two-day immersive game where students imagine they are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Natural and environmental challenges are no match for our students as they work together to outlast the elements. Students will create a castaway tool kit, and invent a collaborative game to guide their play. For 1st-2nd graders, enroll here! For 3rd-5th graders, enroll here!


Billy Elliot: The Musical

February 24 @ 7:30 pm - March 5 @ 3:00 pm

February 24 & 25  |  7:30pm February 26  |  3pm March 3 & 4  |  7:30pm March 5  |  3pm Music by Elton John Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall Based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal Film Directed by Elizabeth Sullivan Click for cast list! Set in a British mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle to make his dreams come true. To Elton John’s original score, Billy stumbles out…

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March 2017

Free State Festival Documentary Series: Legends of Ska

March 6 @ 6:30 pm

Legends Of Ska celebrates the music, culture and enthusiasm of Jamaica as a newly independent nation more than 50 years ago. This documentary explores the history of original Jamaican ska and the significance of the island's musical impact. Ska was Jamaica's first popular musical export, which sprang from the jazz clubs and dance halls of Kingston to spawn a worldwide dance craze. Without Ska, there is no Reggae. $5 ($4 + $1 agent fee) There will be a Q&A with Director…

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Free State Festival Regional Comedy Showcase

March 9 @ 7:30 pm

Three professional touring comedians with Midwestern roots take to the Arts Center MainStage for an evening of laughter-filled entertainment. $10 (and ticket agent fees + sales tax) Maeret Lemons Fearless and unique, Maeret Lemons is a Kansas City native known for her quick wit and sharp tongue.  A professionally trained designer and fine artist, Maeret regularly headlines and features all over the Midwest. Featured in’s list of top 10 Up and Coming Female Comedians of 2015, she has shared the stage…

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Bug Out

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bug out with all things insect. Students discover the wide wilderness of the insect world through art. For 1st-2nd graders, enroll here! For 3rd-5th graders, enroll here!


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