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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]


March for George Floyd in Downtown Lawrence

Dear Lawrence: Freedom and Protest

Dear Lawrence, We want to know what freedom means to you. Current events, from COVID to the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade, have brought into focus the inequity that Americans still face. One way that “we the people” can rise up against injustice is to assert our right to … [more]


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Adult Arts Photography with Ann Dean: Simply the Best!

Lawrence Arts Center Teaching Artist Ann Dean was honored with the Best of Lawrence: Artist Working in Photography or Digital Images title in 2018 and 2019. Recently, Ann has been announced as a returning finalist in the 2020 Best of Lawrence Awards!  At the Lawrence Arts Center, we feel lucky to have Ann as a … [more]


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Adult Arts: Hi Kits! Haiku!

Our art kits are new! Supplies are red, green, and blue. Boxes, bags for you. Check out some of our Virtual Course Offerings with Kits!   In Alternative Adornment with Carly Kimbrough Learn how to make jewelry from home using found objects, paper, natural materials and a few basic supplies. A $40 fee for a … [more]


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Adult Arts Teacher Feature: Amy Fowler

The Lawrence Arts Center welcomes our newest writing teacher, Amy Fowler! Amy Fowler is a writer living in Lawrence. They share their home with their partner, sometimes his two children, and always one surly Boston Terrier and one Scruffy Mutt. Amy makes a living as an American Sign Language – English interpreter and Cued Language transliterator. They … [more]


Adult Visual Arts Teacher Feature: Jessica Belangee

Lawrence Arts Center welcomes our newest teacher, Jessica Belangee! Jessica Belangee is an artist from rural Illinois, where she spent her days exploring forests, fields, and winding creeks, gathering various organic elements to examine and collect. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2014 and received her Master of … [more]


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Dear Lawrence: Week 3 Stories, Accentuate the Positive

Dear Lawrence, Here are your Week 3 stories. Thank you to all the writers who have sent in their work. And remember, it is never too late to share your story! We will keep adding them as they come in. See our Dear Lawrence blog for the Week 4 prompt…   My Strategies for Coping … [more]


Bunker Crafts: Embroidery Basics

Above, detail from “Catastrophe Sampler,”  Anne Luben Last week on Freesearch Friday I wrote about Woolies, or Wool Works, nautical embroideries produced by sailors beginning in the mid 1800s. As a forever-fan of employing overly dramatic metaphors, I’d describe my current state as feeling pretty lost at sea. As a forever-fan of employing overly dramatic … [more]


KPR Presents: Quarantine Stories, Tell Us Your Story | KPR

How are YOU coping with the COVID pandemic? Whether you’re sheltering at home or an essential worker, Kansas Public Radio wants to hear from you! KPR is collecting your self-recorded stories of living through this challenging time, in partnership with the Kansas Historical Society, the Watkins Museum, the Lawrence Arts Center and the Lawrence Public … [more]


Freesearch Friday: The Curious History of Nautical Embroidery

Flowers, fruit baskets, doe-eyed animals, cross stitched literary verses, decorative alphabets, the British Royal Navy’s 120 gun HMS Trafalgar?  Above, a wooly depicting the convict transport ship Mermaid, from the collection of the Australian National Maritime Museum.  In the spirit of our Experimental Embroidery class, today I want to discuss a curious point in needlework … [more]