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Gift a Class and Make it a Local Handmade Holiday!

Teaching Artist and screenprint instructor Alicia Kelly’s holiday card   Looking for that perfect last minute local gift, but would rather not leave the warmth and safety of a flickering Netflix marathon? Why compromise? Enrollment in a Winter/Spring class at the Lawrence Arts Center makes the perfect surprise, and with online and phone registration options, … Continued


Lawrence Arts Center to restart Ukulele Orchestra program | UDK

By Wyatt Hall on December 6, 2018 When you think of an orchestra, you traditionally think of both wind and string-based classical instruments. The Lawrence Arts Center is shaking that up by bringing back a program in January called the Ukulele Orchestra. The Ukulele Orchestra is a 16-week class where five to 15 students will learn … Continued


Call for Entries: Apply for Our Local Project Based Residency

From our teaching artists to our Artist INC cohort, from our Artists in Residence to Final Friday exhibitions, we know that Douglas County is rich with exemplary creators. We are thrilled to announce that we have launched a Local Project Based Residency for 2019 to help support, sustain, and foster the growth of our fellow artists. … Continued


A Day in the Life of a Nutcracker

You might think the life of a Nutcracker is an easy one. Nights filled with adoring fans ….   and days filled with relaxing activities…   But the role certainly has its ups and downs…   So, yesterday, when I felt I just might be starting to crack, I took a few deep breaths and … Continued


Video: Ernesto – Art is For Everyone

“It’s all about learning and educating and growing together. And that helped me grow and discover a side of myself as a performer that I didn’t know I had inside me.” – Ernesto Hodison You loved him in Wizard of Oz and Color Play, and starting this January, you won’t want to miss Ernesto Hodison … Continued


Early Ed Talks: A Parent Blog

Hi fellow parents! I’m Rudi Monson. My daughter, Rivi, is currently in her second year of preschool at the Lawrence Arts Center. My older daughter, Logan, spent three years at the Arts Center’s Early Childhood program, including kindergarten. I don’t know about you, but when I started looking for the right preschool for my kids, … Continued



School of Dance – December News

This month in the School of Dance! Dec. 7-9, 14-16 | The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet Experience the sensation and charm of the Lawrence Arts Center’s Nutcracker production. A winter family favorite, this ballet is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s original story and set in Kansas during the Civil War. Witness the magic and wonder of this story as … Continued


Thank You, Nutcracker Conductor Jeff Dearinger!

After more than fifteen years of arranging the uniquely Kansas music of the Arts Center’s take on The Nutcracker, conductor Jeff Dearinger has decided hang up his baton after this year’s run. His indelible contributions to this holiday favorite have been greatly admired and appreciated by creative collaborators and audience members alike. We took some … Continued


Artist-in-Residence Johanna Winters to Perform in Kansas City

Printmaking Artist-in-Residence Johanna Winters heads to Kansas City this Friday, December 7 at 8pm for a performance of “Narrow Witness” at The Drugstore (3948 Main St.) with collaborator Benjamin Wills. NARROW WITNESS is a puppet-figure performance and sound piece that challenges notions of conventional storytelling through a merging of puppetry, gesture, language, and ritual. Using … Continued