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New! Bring a Buddy Discount Available for Fall Second Session Youth Classes

The second round of our fall Youth Visual Arts classes are quickly approaching, with many beginning the week of October 21st. These six-week sessions, weeklong ARTspace STEAM intensives, and School’s Out camps are a great opportunity to learn a new skill, develop after-school creative interests, and above all, meet new friends. To celebrate, we’re offering … [more]


Art as an opportunity for creativity, connection, and communication

Hello Friends, The other day some colleagues and I were discussing what defines us as the Lawrence Arts Center. Beyond all the buzz words of integrity, commitment to quality, having fun, enrichment, etcetera, etcetera, we dug deeper into what motivates us, inspires us, keeps us moving forward into new frontiers. The more we spoke about … [more]


Youth art classes for fall: we’re so excited!

September 2018 Hello Friends, Breathe. You made it! The heat is diminishing. The kids are back at school. The uncertainty (also read as adventure) of summer is over.  So, now what? After running over 100 classes this summer that change each week and offer a multitude of surprises, I know I’m more than ready to … [more]


Calling All Youth Makers! Scholarships Available for stARTup and Inventor Grrls.

School is back in session and for the Lawrence Arts Center, that means we’re in planning mode for our after-school arts programming. Some of us are knitting sweaters, others are dreaming about pumpkin lattes, but all of us are looking forward to weathering the chill outside in the comfort of our studios. This week we’re … [more]


STEAM Reimagined: New Fall Elementary Classes

STEAM Reimagined Programs Enrolling Now! Recycling household materials into kites, inspiring  theatrical productions with entomology, animating memes, exploring the science behind magic shows, and printing with photosensitive stencils are just a few of the activities featured in our upcoming fall Artspace STEAM program. Starting in September, these classes for elementary students have been reimagined as … [more]


Neal Barbour Named White-Riley-Peterson Fellow

The Lawrence Arts Center is happy to announce that our Director of Youth Education, Neal Barbour, has been selected as a 2018- 2019 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow! This ten-month fellowship, beginning in October, will bring together 16 national professionals in the field of afterschool and expanded public programming to initiate changes in statewide policies. Neal will … [more]


ART BEAT: Inventor Girls Become Inventor Women

I remember when Lauri invented the talking crosswalk, though I forget what she called it. This was still several years before accessible pedestrian signals were omnipresent. Lauri was in fifth grade when I was in fourth, and that year at the school Invention Fair she came out with an idea for a crosswalk sign that … [more]


Art Detectives Solved the Case

Each year, the Art Detectives remain vigilant to prevent heists and art theft at the Lawrence Arts Center. They have foiled a forger and uncovered a secret historical treasure, but this year they faced their greatest challenge yet: solving a heist as it unfolded. When a cryptic message came in from their mole planted in … [more]


Inventor GRRLS Symposium

Monday, May 21 | 4:45 – 6:00 pm Lawrence Arts Center, Main Lobby   The Inventor Grrls are proud to present their end-of-semester projects to the public next Monday, May 21st. Our premiere cohort of six inventors will exhibit their projects in the Main Lobby, offer a short presentation about their process, and participate in … [more]


Lawrence Arts Center Receives an NEA Grant

Recently, the Lawrence Arts Center received some very exciting news. The National Endowment for the Arts approved an Art Works grant to the Lawrence Arts Center in support of “Laboratory for Creativity,” an initiative to expand access to ARTSpace, the Arts Center’s award-winning out-of-school time STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) curriculum for 1st-5th … [more]