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Special Announcement from the School of Dance Director

Dear School of Dance Families, I have bittersweet news to share with you. Our School of Dance Coordinator, Amy Hope, has accepted the role of Landscaper at the University of Kansas. To borrow her words, she said “The Lawrence Arts Center has inspired me to follow my passions”. Having a background in gardening and landscaping, she is … [more]


Artist-In-Residence Dayon Royster Shares Insights into Printmaking & His Work

Step inside the print studio to see Artist-in-Residence Dayon Royster at work! Last weekend, Royster presented a free virtual demonstration via Zoom and the recording is now available for those who missed it. Through conversation with Adult Education Director Kyla Strid and questions from participants, he discusses tips, thematic connections, and even shares some pieces … [more]


Get the Creativity Flowing with Winter 2021 Classes!

And so the winter session begins! Whether in-person or virtual, this summer and fall we saw great success in our youth visual arts classes. Our students and teachers rolled with the changes and adapted to foster fun, creative spaces where all of our young artists felt safe expressing themselves through their work. Break those cold-weather … [more]


Artist Follow Up: Abigail Smithson and What Basketball Means to Lawrence

In February 2020 the Arts Center hosted project-based resident Abigail Smithson. During her stay in Lawrence, Smithson’s exhibit, The Need for a New Game, showed at the Explore Lawrence visitor center downtown. At the time, Smithson was also preparing an episode for her podcast, Dear Adam Silver. Episode 70, What Basketball Means to Lawrence, KS, … [more]


Adult Arts: New Ceramics Class Hand Building from Home

Spots are filling up fast in our ceramics classes so we are excited to announce a new course offering, Hand Building from Home with Shantel Wright! This will be a virtual class, tailored toward students’ interests and ability levels. Class starts Saturday, January 16th, and there are 12 spots available. Enroll today!  ENROLL NOW!


New Cat Totes Make Make Purrfect Valentine’s Gifts

Looking for a gift for someone who has been swept away by the magic of our Kitty City exhibit? Or maybe you need a stylish new bag for those winter art supplies… Well, stretch those paws and sharpen your claws because these charming totes designed by Katie Alldritt and printed by Matthew Willie Garcia are … [more]


Adult Arts: Intro to Digital Photography Show and Tell!

Ann Dean’s student may be beginners, but the quality of their work is nothing less than incredible! Ann has shared the works of her most recent Intro to Digital Photography students through this online gallery in Zenfolio. A fabulous artist and teacher, Ann loves to help her students learn to get the most out their … [more]


Adult Arts: Classes start next week, enroll today!

Classes start next week, and slots are filling up fast! But don’t fret, there is still time to enroll. If you’re looking for something new and different, check out this stellar lineup! Sunday, January 10th Open Model with Jeff Ridgway, In-Person Monday, January 11th Ceramic Jewelry with Kyla Strid, Virtual Intro to Digital Photography with … [more]


CEK and Auto-Owners Insurance Support Kits for Kids

In an effort to reach young people safely and creatively during the pandemic, the Arts Center has created a variety of all-supplies-included Art Kits in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), early childhood and dance. And while these kits have been available for purchase throughout the summer and fall, they will now … [more]