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February is Full in the School of Dance with Performances, Auditions and Days Out

Lawrence Dance Intensive Regional Master Classes in February The School of Dance will be traveling to regional dance studios this February to provide further ballet education to regional dancers aged 12-21, while promoting the Lawrence Dance Intensive: Summer Ballet which will be held on the campus of the University of Kansas June 8-19, 2020. Master … [more]


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Atmosphere Audience Survey is Here! We want to hear from YOU!

If you attended one of our performances of the Theatre and Dance for the Very Young production of Atmosphere, we want to hear from you! Fill out this brief survey and help us grow. We had so much fun experiencing art with all of the families and individuals who came out for this very special … [more]


Performing Arts this February: Women, Storytelling, and Wintry Magic

The Vagina Monologues: Liberated Sisters is here! The Vagina Monologues: Liberated Sisters is a performance that tells the stories of women: white, black, trans, Native American, East Asian, and others. Join the cast (featured above) February 13-15 to experience excerpts from Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues plus original music, dance, and monologues inspired by local women. Sparking … [more]


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Free State Festival 2020 Headliners Announced

The Lawrence Arts Center is proud to announce the following headliners for the 2020 Free State Festival: writer/director/artist John Waters, comedian/podcaster Cameron Esposito and filmmaker/musician Boots Riley. The festival is slated for June 22-28 and will include a dynamic program of speakers, film, art, and performance. In support of 50/50 by 2020, a national movement to increase the representation … [more]


40 Years of Featured Artists: Roger Shimomura

Each year the Lawrence Arts Center selects an artist to feature in its galleries. This artist generously donates works to be sold in the Annual Benefit Art Auction immediately following the Featured Artist Exhibition. We were honored to host Roger Shimomura as the 2011 Featured Artist.   A third-generation Japanese-American native of Seattle, Roger Shimomura … [more]


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Thank you, Ric Averill, for a Terrific Transformation!

For the second year in a row, we’ve been honored to be a part of the fabulous Transformations Charity Gala produced by Deja Brooks! In this red carpet event, ten community members compete on behalf of local charities by transforming into drag queens for a fun night of performance, evening gowns, and question and answers. … [more]


Keeping up with Elementary Art!

We are three weeks into our session and Miss Katie’s elementary art students have been rocking it! Check them out below, pictured with their latest projects. You can also view their work on display at the Arts Center. Here is a little recap: The 3rd-5th graders in Drawing & Painting painted these lovely watercolor geodes. … [more]



What’s Up in the School of Dance this January

Mark Your Calendars! Monday, January 20, 2020 – MLK Jr.Day/No Classes  The Lawrence Arts Center and Studio 720 will be CLOSED in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Saturday, January 25, 2020 – Attire Swap & Staff Meet/Greet The Winter/Spring semester is underway and the School of Dance is excited to bring back the … [more]


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Announcing the 2020 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award Winners

The Lawrence Arts Center and the Raven Book Store are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards, poet Tracey Lien and fiction writer Kate Lorenz. Lien and Lorenz will read from their work at the awards ceremony, on Saturday, February 1, 2020, Langston Hughes’ Birthday. This celebration and reading … [more]