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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:

HANG12provides students with the opportunity to plan, curate, and host youth exhibitions in Downtown Lawrence every final Friday.
Questions? Contact Neal Barbour, Director of Youth Education by email at

 Click here for exhibitions


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,


stARTup gives students the professional training and  materials they need to jumpstart a career as a visual artist. Question? Contact Neal Barbour, Director of Youth Education,


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,

 Click here for company page

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

 Click here for Adult class listings


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