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Poetry and fiction submissions sought for the 2020 Langston Hughes Awards | LJW

By Kathy Hanks on November 18, 2019 It’s time for Douglas County residents to finish the story they’re working on or polish up their poems and submit them for the 2020 Langston Hughes Awards. The annual event, jointly sponsored this year by the Lawrence Arts Center and The Raven Book Store, will offer two awards … [more]



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New Ticketing Policies – You Spoke, We Listened!

If you’ve purchased tickets for Arts Center events this fall, you may have noticed that all taxes and fees are now included in our advertised ticket price! After receiving feedback from our audiences wanting to know the total cost of admission with all of the taxes and fees up front, we worked with our online ticketing agent to make this … [more]


2019 Phoenix Award recipients to be honored for outstanding artistic achievement | LJW

Staff report on September 17, 2019 The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission has announced five 2019 Phoenix Award recipients who are being recognized for their outstanding artistic achievement in the community. Since the inception of the Phoenix Awards in 1996, not including this year, 157 local artists have been recognized for their work as sculptors, photographers, … [more]



Students of Zinn Writers in Residence Program to Present at the 6th Annual Poetry Fair

In January, poets Mercedes Lucero and Alex Kimball Williams began an eight-week writing intensive with 7th grade students from Liberty Central Middle School. Presenting a curriculum of verse poetry novels, 180 students were prompted to respond by creating their own poetry. These submissions will be shared at the 2019 Annual Poetry Fair on Sunday, April … [more]


3rd Grade Arts Day

We were so happy to welcome 3rd graders from Lawrence Public Schools this week to experience the art of movement! Classes from elementary schools all around the district rotated through dance activities on all three floors of our building. School of Dance Director Hanan Misko, Associate Director of Performing Arts & Education Amanda Pintore, Leah … [more]



Lawrence Arts Center Collaborates with Zinn Writers in Residence

Mercedes Lucero and Alex Kimball Williams visit with educators at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School   Zinn Writers in Residence: In memory of their daughter Rebecca, a gifted poet and lifelong writer, Dick and Diane Zinn support a Writer in Residence each year at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, connecting 7th grade students with inspiring regional … [more]


Show Up, Do Art: Free Family Art Experiences for 2019

Opening this Friday, artist Tara Moorman’s exhibition Letters to my Ancestors features a family tree of watercolor portraiture. Dense with pattern and detail, the work reveals the richness of both period clothing and family history. Moorman explains the history of the project: When my mother, Patty Nation Fisher, of Erie, Kansas passed away, I inherited a large … [more]