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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]


Youth Use Their Phones as Cameras with Instructor Ann Dean

Ann Dean’s Virtual Phonography students produced some beautiful photographs during their virtual youth workshop last week! Check out their work in the gallery below and see what’s coming up next for middle and high schoolers this summer.  




Auction Jewelry Shines in 2020

What do a prairie brooch and an intergalactic ring have in common? They are both stunning pieces of art that you can wear from this year’s Benefit Art Auction Exhibition jewelry collection. Bid online through July 18 and support FREE EXHIBITIONS ALL YEAR LONG! Want to learn about the artists? View our catalogue for bios.


I Heart Local Music: Sky Smeed Played a Pretty Perfectly Socially Distanced Show

Photos and article by Fally Afani  Quarantining during a pandemic is testing folks in any line of business, but it’s been especially hard for entertainers. How do you please a crowd… without drawing an actual crowd? Well, it looks like the Lawrence Arts Center came up with a pretty good solution. Read more…


HANG12 Encourages Creative Exchange with New ArtBox

Students participating in the HANG12 program have designed a new way for creative spirits to stay connected while keeping a healthy distance. Similar to Lawrence’s Little Free Libraries, HANG12 has created ArtBox, which will provide the community with a designated place for sharing pieces of art. Open to all ages, the ArtBox will be located … [more]


Ghost Light Performance Share: “A Bedtime Story” by Caroline

Our latest Ghost Light Performance Share comes from a very special artist- Summer Youth Theatre student Caroline Bork! Caroline crafted a beautiful story, elegantly animated it through stop motion and set the piece to music written by her mother, Amanda Clark. Give it a watch and experience mesmerizing storytelling under the Ghost Light!