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Creative Youth Development Programs

The Lawrence Arts Center offers a place for young people in 6th through 12th grades to immerse themselves in project-based, creative environments where they can develop real-world experience and hands-on arts-based job skills.

Creative Youth Development Programs include:


HANG12 is a curatorial collective of high school students that creates art shows and events with inspired themes. The group strives to showcase art from all corners of the Lawrence community, giving a platform to those that make this city special. HANG12 also designs, creates and sells merchandise to help fund future projects and exhibitions.

Contact Andy Smith, Director of Youth Education by email at for more information.

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PLAY12 brings students together to produce a public performance–whether dance, music, or theatre–each month.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Sullivan, Director of Performing Arts,



Unleash your creativity with the help of local artists! Each studio session starts and ends with a check-in to share ideas to bring your vision to life. The rest is up to you: build your portfolio, try out new tools and techniques, or just hang out and express yourself in a supportive environment. Co-Op members receive free weekend workshops and a discount code for one teen or adult visual art class. For grades 9-12.

Questions? Contact Andy Smith, Director of Youth Education,

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Lawrence Ballet Theatre company is the resident pre-professional ballet company of the Lawrence Arts Center with the mission to provide extensive training, performance opportunities and artistic experience to dancers seeking to develop advanced experience in preparation for a professional career in dance.

Contact Hanan Misko, for more information.


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Students age 14+ are also welcome in adult classes, unless otherwise indicated in the description.

 Click Here for Adult Visual Arts Class Listings



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