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Reads: East Ninth Call For Youth Art, Rebuilding East 9th Street

9th Street – Youth Corps Application

The voices of young people are important to the Rebuilding East Ninth Together Project and the East Lawrence Neighborhood! The goal of the Youth Corps is to support young artists in East Lawrence in learning and creating, providing life skills and public art experience to carry into adulthood. Youth Corps artists can make art individually, … [more]


Nazanin Amiri Meers, light display

In the Know: A Paper Installation

  Maybe you’ve noticed something new above the Lawrence Arts Center’s front doors, something particularly striking after dark. The Arts Center is excited to have new work by visual artist Nazanin Amiri Meers in the Arts Center’s lightboxes, especially as the days grow shorter. Amiri Meers is a visual artist from Mashad, Iran who migrated … [more]


Children dancing in the dance studio

School of Dance Parent Observation Week

Parent Observation Week – Oct. 7-13 Dance Studio 206/208 and Studio 720   Hosted each semester, the School of Dance’s Parent Observation Week is an opportunity for students and instructors to share the classroom experience with interested parents. Class Observation Week, held October 7-13, is open to parents and caregivers, however seating is limited. We … [more]


Kris Kuksi and Hang 12 Students

Heading into Fall with HANG12

During the months of September and October, HANG12 has been working alongside local artist Kris Kuksi to plan, curate, and install a high school submission show based on recreating personal mythologies and finding the symbolism within them.  In September, Kris Kuksi gave presentations to Free State High School and Lawrence High students, before welcoming them … [more]


Dance Students Posing Together

October Activity in the School of Dance

Oct. 5-6 | Rehearsals Begin for the The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet It’s time to rehearse! The Nutcracker cast will begin rehearsing the majority of roles on the first weekend of October; regular rehearsals continue through November 24. Cast members should refer to the rehearsal schedule for days/times, locations, breaks, as well as Tech Week … [more]


Teen Center Art Show Program!

Pictured above, teens from the Boys & Girls Club participate in a ceramics studio at the Lawrence Art Center after school.   In 2018, the Teen Center Art Show Program was piloted by the Lawrence Arts Center in partnership with the Center for Great Futures, and we are excited to partner again! Since last year, … [more]



The Lawrence Arts Center the heART of the city

Lawrence Arts Center Red Dancer sculpture represents the spirit of community arts!

A landmark of downtown Lawrence since 2009, the towering 18’ Red Dancer sculpture welcomes art students and aficionados to the Lawrence Arts Center 365 days a year. Its creator, artist Jan Gaumnitz, donated the sculpture to the Arts Center after her 2009 exhibition, Altogether, because the sculpture seemed to belong where it had been placed for … [more]


School of Dance at a Glance!

Welcome Amy Hope, School of Dance Coordinator, to the School of Dance! The Lawrence Arts Center School of Dance is excited to welcome Amy Hope, School of Dance Coordinator! Meet Amy by reading more here! New Feature! Convenient Online Enrollment with New Dance Bundle Discount! In response to your feedback, we are excited to announce a … [more]


City Commissioners Propose Cutting Arts Center Financial Aid Funding

Dear Arts Center Friends, I am writing to let you know about a development within the 2020 City budget that affects the Lawrence Arts Center. Commissioner Boley and Mayor Larsen have proposed to fully eliminate the 30K we receive from the City of Lawrence for financial aid. This funding from the City helps open the … [more]