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Adult Arts: Tees, Totes, Baskets, Vases, and Planters, Oh My!

Pre-ordered T-shirts and tote bags will be available for pickup starting July 6th! They turned out beautifully and feature our new summer logo designed by local artist Alicia Kelly. If you missed the order deadline, do not fret. We’ve got you covered! We have a limited supply of extra T-shirts and tote bags available for … [more]


Incredible Images from Ann Dean’s Students

Friday wrapped up another great week of virtual photography instruction with Ann Dean. Ann’s students in Digital Photo spent the week making some incredible images. Check out some of their work in the gallery below!  


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]


The Art of the Word – Text Goes Bold in This Year’s Auction

From a whimsical donut truck to a breezy concert poster, these pieces in the Benefit Art Auction use text to express ideas, humor, and reflect on the world around us in interesting ways. Bid online through July 18 and support FREE EXHIBITIONS ALL YEAR LONG! Art is beauty, emotion, and expression. Art is history and … [more]


The First Summer Youth Theatre Virtual Variety Show is HERE!

Because the show must go on, our Summer Youth Theatre novice and junior performers collaborated an entire month on a show-stopping variety show (literally) that YOU can now watch from home! So much work went into this production, from rehearsals, to improvisation, to flying feats of technology that we know you will appreciate the fruits … [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]


Health and Safety Guidelines for Phased Reopening

Dear Friends, In the next months, we are looking forward to emerging from a quarantine that has fundamentally changed how we relate in our world. Throughout this ordeal, we have witnessed incredible strength, experienced renewed connection to the community, and been inspired by people’s seemingly inexhaustible positivity. Lawrence, through it all, you never missed a … [more]


Free State Festival Forges a New Path During the Pandemic

In normal circumstances, this final week of June would have brought films, comedy acts and performances to packed venues across Lawrence for the annual Free State Festival. Food would have been shared. Ideas exchanged. And people would have gathered in darkened rooms for the communal joy of experiencing stories on large screens and all of … [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]


The Auction of A Thousand Faces

From the whimsical to the sublime, the human (and not so human) forms represented in this year’s Benefit Art Auction are sure to breathe new life to your home or office. “Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “The face is a … [more]