Specially designed to enable the Lawrence Arts Center to fulfill its mission of enriching and invigorating the Lawrence community by providing the best in contemporary exhibitions, performance, and visual and performing arts education, the facility includes:
Welcome to the Lawrence Arts Center!
The lobby makes a wonderful gathering place for special events.
The Arts Center’s three distinct exhibition spaces allow for a wide array of art work to be exhibited to best effect.
The Kelly Galloway Arts-Based Kindergarten teaches 16 kindergarteners, ages 5-6, the Arts Center’s unique arts-based kindergarten curriculum each day.
The Arts-Based Preschool sees approximately 60 preschool students, ages 3-5, inside its walls for arts-based early childhood education each day.
The Art Center’s 300-seat main stage theater was designed specifically to meet the needs of Lawrence’s performing arts community, providing a flexible performance space that can be utilized for nearly any production or event.
Dance studios include two full mirrored walls, sprung wood floor with marley covering, ballet barres, pianos for accompaniment, and state-of-the-art stereo systems. • Studio 206 features a wall-mounted television for watching and learning movement and a large black curtain to cover the mirrors and create a convertible studio/performance space.
Approximately 100 preschool and kindergarten students, many of whom are enrolled in HeadStart, the Children’s Learning Center, and Little Nations Academic Center. 250 elementary through high school students and 45 adult students use these dance studios each year!
Our Digital Media Lab includes 10 iMac computers with Adobe Creative Suite, 10 iPads, a laptop, a printer, HD projection, and 5.1 surround sound. • With full photo editing, graphic design, and video editing capabilities and beautiful projection and sound, the Digital Media Lab provides a space for students to learn everything from graphic and web design to filmmaking and photo editing.
The Writing Studio is our newest addition, and provides a quiet setting for small groups to gather for classes as well as a wonderful conference space.
The lower lobby is the perfect place for conversation and a bite to eat among exhibitions by students and local artists.
The Lawrence Arts Center’s 90-seat black box theater provides a modular performance space for intimate concerts, performance, film screenings, and speakers.
The John Talleur Print Studio Graphics Lab was added in 2016 with support from the Douglas County Community Foundation, the Kriz Charitable Fund, and private donors.
The only publicly accessible printmaking studio in the state of Kansas, this studio provides classroom and studio space for approximately 25 students of all ages each day.
Our darkroom is fully equipped for developing negatives and prints.
The Jewelry Studio includes soldering stations, torches, drill presses, polishers, enamel kilns, a casting furnace, and a variety of specialized jeweler’s tools. Approximately 20 local artists regularly use the jewelry studio to create work as a part of their living.
Studio 213 includes youth-sized seating and work tables, a laminating press, white boards, youth art display space, shelving and flat storage for art work, and impressive natural lighting. This space is used to teach youth multi-media visual arts skills, as well as the Arts Center’s unique science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) curriculum, ARTSpace.
Studio 212 includes 20 easels, white boards, shelving and flat storage for art work, and fire retardant storage for solvent and paint thinner. With an outdoor balcony and giant windows letting in natural light, this studio is the perfect place for figure drawing, life drawing, and watercolor and oil painting.
This studio has the highest foot traffic in the building; approximately 40-45 elementary through high school students and 45-50 adults are enrolled in classes in the ceramics studio on a weekly basis. • On average, the Arts Center can fit 300-400 pieces into its gas kiln, which is fired every other week during class sessions. As a result, over 2,000 glazed ceramic pieces are produced in this studio each session!
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Now that you’ve seen our building, we hope you can IMAGINE yourself INSIDE.
Come find yourself inside our classrooms, galleries, and performance spaces today!