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I Heart Local Music Presents: The Historic Spaces Project

We are proud to be part of the virtual debut of I Heart Local Music’s concert series in historic Lawrence locations on Tuesday, July 28, 5pm on Facebook Live. See virtual performances by musicians CS Luxem, Alex Kimball Williams, Ryan Manuel and Elexa Dawson here at the Arts Center, the Watkins Museum of History, the … [more]


Thanks to YOU for our Auction Success!

The 40th Benefit Art Auction was far from typical, but the gratitude we feel to everyone involved during this strange year is immense and has left us extremely hopeful for the future.  The preview party on March 12 went off without a hitch, but then the galleries fell dark and we had to press pause … [more]


Food Drive for the Ballard Center!

The Lawrence Arts Center is proud to share information about our Food Drive for the Elizabeth Ballard Community Services and Early Childhood Center. Read below to learn more about our continued partnership with the Ballard Center and how you can get involved!     Our Partnership In 2019-2020, our programs in Performing Arts and Theatre … [more]




Adult Arts: Summer Sampler Series

Come unleash your inner artist or simply try something new with our Summer Sampler Series! Classes include jewelry, ceramics, drawing, writing, and fiber arts. With our new health and safety measures in place, we hope to hold these classes in person. To make things as safe as possible we are limiting class sizes and will … [more]


Auction Art Goes Against the Grain

“No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone.” – Oscar Wilde From an … [more]


July 18 Closes the Benefit Art Auction with a Virtual Party!

We all know Emily and T.K. Peterson of Merchants Pub & Plate are culinary stars, but did you know they also shine on the big screen? Get ready to see them demonstrate this year’s signature cocktail, the Blackberry Smash, in our virtual Benefit Art Auction Celebration happening on July 18 at 7:30pm on YouTube LIVE. … [more]


The Lawrence Arts Center the heART of the city

Dear Lawrence: June Stories and KPR Quarantine Stories

Dear Lawrence, Last month we asked ourselves what freedom means. A small group of artists at the Lawrence Arts Center went to work to create a circle, in which each person created a work, and then passed it to the next to inspire a new piece. “There may never be harder days for those who … [more]