Spotlight on Atmosphere: Meet Sharon McCaman!

A gallery installation. A performance. Atmosphere.


Meet Sharon McCaman, the installation designer and performer in Atmosphere, the Lawrence Arts Center’s newest performance for very young children ages 2-6!

Sharon McCaman is easy to spot because of her loud, crazy wardrobe. She actually really likes fruits and vegetables, but also eats a bean burrito once a week. She sleeps with her teddy bear named Henry, prefers to be barefoot, and will hug you anytime to make your day better. She lives in Florida because she loves to feel the sun on her face and be close to her family. She likes to make her body dance and uses computers to make objects dance, too. 


So what is Atmosphere?

Finding its home in the middle exhibition gallery, Atmosphere is the newest event in the Theatre and Dance for the Very young program. This work is a six-week long installation and a recurring performance set inside the installation. The interactive (and touchable!) installation, designed by guest artist Sharon McCaman, will be open to the public from January 10 through February 22 for free. The ticketed performances of Atmosphere feature live music, dancing, and tactile exploration and will occur at select times each week starting January 16th. This production is built in partnership with the Ballard Center and families at the LAC who participated in our connected Play Lab series. In these research sessions, we collaborated with very young children to explore light, wind, clouds, rain, and sky and, as a result, built the production of Atmosphere based entirely on their ideas!

What does Sharon do for Atmosphere?

Sharon is the designer behind the entire Atmosphere gallery installation. She uses sensory activated technology to invite our audiences on a tactile investigation of all things sky. She is also one of three performers in the production of Atmosphere. After studying the ideas of our very young partners, Sharon is all about creating dancing tornadoes, hiding rainbows in her pockets, and helping put the light back in the sun.


Watch this brand new video to learn more about Sharon’s work on Atmosphere and bring the whole family to experience this unique installation and performance.


Get your tickets for Atmosphere here! Be sure to visit Sharon’s INSIGHT art talk!