Flowers are in bloom, the air is getting warmer, and summer is right around the corner. The Lawrence Arts Center is gearing up with plans for excitement and experiences in a season like no other! The Arts Center is currently enrolling summer classes and has released its schedule of summer performances and events. While retaining many favorites including week-long ArtSpace camps for elementary kids and a full range of dance classes for all ages, there are plenty of new offerings and activities to amaze you and keep you creative!
We are committed to keeping our community safe, and will work with Douglas County health officials to make deliberate adjustments in class and building capacities as guidelines evolve. But as the weather warms, we are also taking every opportunity to offer outdoor activities – including many that are free!
Check out these classes that take you outside to discover what nature has to offer!
Coloring Outside the Lines Classes in June & July Enroll now!
Creative classes for our youngest artists taught by the one and only Linda Reimond in our green space are sure to bring joy and wonder to 2-3 year olds.
Bird Worlds June 28-July 2 Enroll Now!
This middle school and high school art institute teaches about birds and their habitats by creating a diorama using clay and plaster based on your own observations from guided field studies.
Drawing Lawrence: Feathers & Fur June 11-July 30 Enroll Now!
This course for students age 14 through adults focuses on sketching various birds, reptiles, and mammals. Following safety protocols, this class may try to meet in person some weeks at outdoor locations!
SYT in South Park: Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Jr. June 20
A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage! Based on the 1970s cartoon, this fast-paced musical teaches lessons with clever, catchy tunes.
SYT in South Park: Create, Devise, LIVE! June 21-25 & July 26-30
Join us for Summer Youth Theatre in the Park! Student actors will work as an ensemble with the director to devise their own characters and build a unique storyline. This fast-paced, creativity-driven process will result in the premiere of an original, devised play at the end of one week. Auditions Required.
SYT in South Park: Little Shop of Horrors July 24
Floral assistant Seymour stumbles across a new species of plant, “Audrey II’,’ that has a taste for the unusual—blood! Seymour’s new carnivorous friend promises him fame and fortune, but will he see through it all and stop Audrey II’s plan for global domination?
Check out these upcoming virtual and outdoor events!
Theatre in South Park: Spring Outdoor Cabaret April 24 Free with Registration!
Celebrate the sights and sounds of spring in South Park with this outdoor cabaret production. Pull up a picnic blanket, grab a camping chair, and come along on a musical journey growing out of the darkness and into the light.
8th Annual Poetry Fair – Virtual Edition April 25 Free with Registration!
Well-known poets from across Kansas and Missouri will read from their most recent books of poetry. This online event is free but registration is required.
PLAY12 presents Shakespeare in South Park April 29 Free with Registration!
Youth performance company Play12 will perform 10-minute abridged Shakespeare scenes and monologues from the bard’s most-loved plays. Join us for this event as we celebrate spring with theatre in South Park.
Lawrence Ballet Theatre’s Annual Spring Concert May 15-16 Free with Registration!
Join the Lawrence Ballet Theatre for an outdoor concert in front of the Lawrence Arts Center. Join us as we highlight more than 20 company dancers in contemporary and neo-classical works at this joyous outdoor dance festivity.
Splash! A Drive-In, Socially Distanced Performance May 22-23 Enroll Now!
Splash! is an outdoor, drive-in style performance for very young children and their families that explores the wacky world of water, soap, and bubbles! We invite families to pull their vehicles into a distanced parking spot and join in the fun!
Free State Festival Cinema al Fresco June 21-27 Learn more about the festival!
This year, we are celebrating the love of outdoor movies with an exciting lineup of films, live comedy and art in open air environments throughout the magnificent city of Lawrence!