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One Week In Spring. Ruben Castillo

Lawrence Arts Center Gallery 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS

One Week in Spring explores memory, records, observation, and narratives around what author Kathleen Stewart calls “ordinary affects” through the production of a new suite of intaglio prints and drawings. The imagery will circulate around softness and domestic intimacy to produce a space addressing collective desire and connection. The goal of the Lawrence Art’s Center’s … [more]


INSIGHT Art Talk: Rich Frishman

Lawrence Arts Center Gallery 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS

Join us for an art talk and Q&A with Ghosts of Segregation photographer Rich Frishman. Frishman's first camera was a gift for his 5th birthday, and since then he's never put it down. "I am, by nature, a storyteller," Frishman said. "Photography is my means of expressing those stories. My roots are in photojournalism, and … [more]

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Humanities Kansas and The Percolator present: La Yarda, A Short Documentary

Lawrence Arts Center

The 7pm screening has reached maximum capacity, so we've opened up an encore screening at 8:30pm. Local filmmakers Lourdes Kalusha-Aguirre and Marlo Angell capture the story of La Yarda, the housing unit built for Mexican American railroad workers from 1920-51 in East Lawrence in this 15minute film. Memories by former residents and their lineage reveal … [more]

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Ursula Minor: The Kansas River Bridge Lynching

Lawrence Arts Center Gallery 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS

Join us for a presentation examining the lynching of three men 138 years ago at the Kansas River Bridge, and efforts seeking to place a memorial at the location. Ursula Minor is a lifelong Lawrence resident and activist in the community. She is president of the Lawrence Branch NAACP, a member of the Lawrence Memorial … [more]


Hauntings of Assimilation: Understanding Haskell’s Past in Plain Sight

Lawrence Arts Center Gallery 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS

Eric Anderson, PhD Professor and Chair, Indigenous and American Indian Studies, Haskell Indian Nations University October 11, 7PM Eric P. Anderson is a Professor and Chair of the Indigenous and American Indian Studies Department at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. In his position at Haskell Indian Nations University, Dr. Anderson teaches, develops curriculum, … [more]


Carnival of Souls Screening + Live Music

Liberty Hall 644 Massachussetts St., Lawrence, KS

Just in time for Halloween, the Free State Film Society presents a Liberty Hall big-screen viewing of the cult classic by Lawrence filmmaker Herk Harvey and writer John Clifford. You’ll recognize familiar Larryville locations while being swept away by the mesmerizing visuals and organ score. Keyboardist Jeff Stolz will set the stage with live music … [more]

Searching for La Yarda Virtual Screening + Q&A

Lawrence Arts Center — Virtual Lawrence, KS

For those who were unable to attend last month's in person screenings of Searching For La Yarda, Free State Festival is proud to present a free virtual screening and Q&A! On November 18 at 7pm, you can view the 15minute short film on YouTube at the link below: Stay tuned after the film for … [more]


Readings and Performances with Tai Amri Spann-Ryan and Barry “Washboard” Barnes from B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence

Lawrence Arts Center Gallery 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS

Renowned local artists Tai Amri Spann-Ryan and Barry Washboard Barnes will join together to present readings and performances at the Lawrence Arts Center in conjunction with the ongoing Ghosts of Segregation exhibition of photos exploring the lingering presence of segregation, slavery and institutional racism hidden in everyday American architecture. Spann-Ryan, 2016 Langston Hughes Poetry Award … [more]


A Reckoning In Boston – Virtual Screening & Panel Discussion

Lawrence Arts Center — Virtual Lawrence, KS

In the fall of 2014, Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler enrolled in a rigorous night course in the humanities at a community center in their Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. Kafi, 44, sharp, witty and restless, dropped out of school at 15. She dreams of starting a land cooperative in Boston for women of color who … [more]