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When Katie Aldritt asked her youth drawing and painting students what they looked forward to most when things returned to “normal” she wasn’t sure what to expect–drawings of friends in school, going to the movies, a trip to the library, perhaps. What she received were drawings of the “Red Dancer,” the downtown landmark sculpture that … [more]

People installing flooring in theater.

Watch as Black Box Floor Nears Completion!

We are taking advantage of reduced foot traffic at the Arts Center by making a few long-overdue improvements! The first space to see major change is our Black Box theater, which is getting new flooring for the first time since our facility opened in 2002. The Black Box is one of the more widely used … [more]

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Thanks to YOU for our Auction Success!

The 40th Benefit Art Auction was far from typical, but the gratitude we feel to everyone involved during this strange year is immense and has left us extremely hopeful for the future.  The preview party on March 12 went off without a hitch, but then the galleries fell dark and we had to press pause … [more]

Join Tequa Creek to ensure Art Kits are available to everyone!

Since mid-March, Arts Center staff and instructors have tested their creativity beyond measure. Classes have gone virtual and programming looks different, but we’ve stayed connected. One way we’ve adapted is by making Art Kits available for at-home learning, and enrollments and participation are steady. To continue our mission of making art available to everyone, we … [more]

Sponsor Spotlight: Cromwell Solar

As The Silent One kicks off its May 1-7 digital release of the show in development before its live debut next year, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to one of our sponsors, Cromwell Solar. Without their support, collaborative theatre experiences like this free preview would not be possible. The Silent One, A Climate Change … [more]

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The Summer Catalogue Casts a Wide Net – Advertise with Us!

Did you know our catalogue is mailed to almost 50,000 households in Lawrence, Baldwin City, Eudora, and Linwood? Well, guess what? We have just a few spots left to advertise YOUR business, event or organization in the most dog-eared, pored-over and re-read publication by parents and art lovers… the Summer Course & Events Catalogue! The deadline … [more]

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9 to 5 at the Arts Center

Check out this short video made by Jason Badgett to support Ric Averill’s very 80’s performance at the Transformations Charity Gala. Can you tell how much fun it is to work at the Arts Center? We hope you’ll consider us as the Best Place to Work (PLUS Best Non-Profit, Best Gallery and Free State Festival … [more]

A woman and a girl look at ceramic bowls for sale

Souper Bowl Victory!

This year’s Souper Bowl – from Friday’s preview party, to Saturday’s sale and Sunday’s football magic by the Chiefs – truly was a touchdown for all! On February 1 here at the Arts Center, hundreds of happy shoppers found beautiful bowls and broke delicious bread and yummy soup with neighbors, all thanks to the generosity … [more]

A group of drag queens pose on stage

Thank you, Ric Averill, for a Terrific Transformation!

For the second year in a row, we’ve been honored to be a part of the fabulous Transformations Charity Gala produced by Deja Brooks! In this red carpet event, ten community members compete on behalf of local charities by transforming into drag queens for a fun night of performance, evening gowns, and question and answers. … [more]

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Souper Bowl Silent Auction Items are LIVE!

The annual Souper Bowl Saturday is coming up on February 1, but you can get a head start on the action by bidding on one of these beautiful handmade ceramic bowls now on display in our main lobby. Contributing artists Sue Ashline, Michael Krueger, Jeremy Rockwell, Jeff Eaton, Hong Chun Zhang, Clare Doveton, Adam Meistrell, … [more]