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The Kids are Back for Youth Visual Arts Camps!

We have enjoyed working with the kiddos via Zoom immensely, but it sure is nice to see some young artists in the building! Since June 15 we have been holding on-site camps with limited numbers to maintain health and safety protocols. Below you can see the artists deep in the creative process and diligently wearing … [more]


School of Dance Guidelines for Limited In-Person Class Participation Beginning on Monday, June 29

We appreciate the patience of our community while the School of Dance carefully considers its approach to in-person classes during the pandemic. After receiving feedback from our dance families, reviewing and applying guidelines set by our local and national health agencies, and considering the recommendations established by Dance/USA, the School of Dance has developed safety … [more]


Adult Arts Feature Teacher: Life Lessons with Jeff Ridgway

Jeff Ridgway has been at the Lawrence Arts Center since 1993, making him one of our longest-teaching instructors. With his legendary sense of humor, Ridgway is student favorite. Ridgway enjoys teaching drawing, but he sees the process as more than simply utilizing a medium to create an image. “Anatomy and life drawing help us to … [more]


Youth Use Their Phones as Cameras with Instructor Ann Dean

Ann Dean’s Virtual Phonography students produced some beautiful photographs during their virtual youth workshop last week! Check out their work in the gallery below and see what’s coming up next for middle and high schoolers this summer.  



Boxes labeled “sculpture engineers” sit stacked in a hallway.

Youth Education Update

A quick update from your friends in Youth Education! Virtual art camps are underway via Zoom, and plans are in place for those to continue as we move into summer. This has been a new challenge, and we are so thankful for the young artists who are joining us on this crazy ride! On June … [more]


Adult Arts: June Newsletter

Summer is here and so is our new catalog with a mix of virtual and on-site classes in accordance with Douglas County Health and Safety Guidelines. To learn more about how we are adapting, check out our phased re-opening plan here. Important Dates: June 1 | Summer Session starts June 3 | Dear Lawrence: Freedom … [more]


Screenprint of silhouetted swimmers in a lake at sunset.

Leslie Kay & LFK Press Produce Prints with a Purpose

Twenty years ago artist and printmaker Leslie Kay spray-painted a stencil spelling out “LFK” and a brand was born. These days, with its sunflower design and slightly subversive message, LFK has become a pitch-perfect representation of the city it describes. But LFK merchandise is just a small portion of the work Kay (aka Leslie Kuluva) … [more]


A tote bag and t-shirt feature a screen printed graphic.

Totes and Tees: Order by June 18th & Pick-up Starting July 6th

Love the Lawrence Arts Center and want to show your support for the arts? You can now purchase tote bags or T-shirts with our official summer logo designed by local artist Alicia Kelly. Tote bags: $12  ORDER NOW! T-Shirts: $20 Sizes: Adult XS to 4XL in Crew neck / XS-3XL in V-neck. *Shirts may shrink … [more]


A pet adoption poster featuring an ink drawing of a dog.

A Summer of Creativity Launches With Pet Week!

June and July are packed with adventures in youth art education! From weekly art kits, to virtual collaborations and socially distanced in-person experiences, there is so much to make, discover and create this summer. The fun kicked off this week with Pet Week. Elementary-aged students were joined online by very special visitors from the Lawrence … [more]