The Local Arts Scene

Do you want to find your inner artist? Always wanted to learn to paint or draw? Hoping to expand your art collection with a few stunning unique pieces? With options for everyone from those wanting to learn to those who are already proficient in their craft and wish to turn a profit, the vibrant local artistic community has a place for all with many options of arts to both see and participate in from dance and theatre to painting and sculpture.

Theatre Lawrence

Theatre Lawrence started in 1984 and moved into its new custom-built facility in 2013. Theatre Lawrence has been Lawrence’s premiere community theatre venue from the start. It’s a place for community members to get participate and showcase their talents as well as  view theatrical productions. With several shows every year, there are always opportunities for staying active in the arts. either as an audience member, cast member or volunteer.

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Lawrence Arts Center

When it comes to getting involved in the vibrant arts culture of Lawrence, the Lawrence Arts Center is a good starting point. With dozens of class options for all ages in a wide range of artistic disciplines such as art, dance, writing, and various textile arts and changes their wide range of courses on a seasonal basis. Does a class in jewelry design, stained glass, storytelling, or Irish dance sound interesting? The Lawrence Arts Center is the place for you.

Explore the Lawrence Arts Center course catalog

Spencer Museum of Art

The University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art hosts an impressive and culturally diverse collection of over 36,000 artworks and artifacts in all media forms. The museum prides itself on encouraging interdisciplinary exploration in art, ideas, and experience by exposing visitors to both ancient and contemporary art from all walks of life and historic eras. No matter what your favorite art style is, the Spencer Museum of Art has something that is sure to inspire you.

Visit the Spencer Museum of Art website

Frequent Festivals

With such a culturally diverse and creative community it’s no wonder Lawrence is home to so many festivals. Festivals such as the Free State Festival celebrate cinema, art, and ideas in the Lawrence area while a summer favorite, the Lawrence Busker Festival, brings an incredible collection of street performers and artistic exhibitions together for a truly unique Lawrence experience. If food festivals are more your speed, the annual Lawrence Food Truck Festival or Lawrence Restaurant Week will have your tastebuds begging for more. In addition to these Lawrence favorites, our community hosts a wide variety of comedy, music, cinema, and art festivals all year round.

Art Galleries Galore

Lawrence offers a wide variety of galleries to discover local artists or even display work of your own. For a broad selection of local arts, the Phoenix Gallery offers inspiring works in a wide variety of media. Other art view spaces include the Cider Gallery and the frequent exhibitions at the Lawrence Arts Center. To get a more extensive tour of Lawrence galleries and artists, the Final Fridays Art Walk events that take place each month are an exciting way to meet, greet, and see local artists and their art.

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