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Arts & Entertainment

We think Lawrence will surprise and please you with all the options for arts and culture. 

The arts have been essential to this town since some of the first settlers arrived packing brass instruments to form a community band. From visual to experimental, Lawrence continues to back the arts because this town knows that what’s good for the arts is good for the community. Come enjoy this rich connection to a flourishing arts environment.


 Start with the Lawrence Arts Center, just a block from Massachusetts (Mass) Street. Here you’ll find 20 to 25 art exhibitions a year. The best in contemporary art is also offered through art talks, live performances and more. Locals of all ages enjoy the classes for dance, printmaking, jewelry, ceramics and arts-based pre-school education. Artists in Residents in ceramics and printmaking bring new perspective with their shows and classes, while internationally known artists add a richness that reflects the Lawrence community.


Spencer Art Museum, located on the University of Kansas campus, has changing exhibits as well as seven galleries displaying selections from the permanent collection of more than 37,000 works of art. Special exhibitions drawn from the collection or touring from other museums are displayed in four additional galleries. The collection spans the history of European, North American, and East Asian art.


The Lied Center of Kansas, located on the west side of the University of Kansas campus, has a busy calendar of events that range from Broadway productions and world-class artistic performances to KU School of Music and the KU Department of Dance productions and recitals of budding artists. The Lied Center serves KU, its students, the Lawrence community and greater Kansas as a catalyst for the arts, creativity and engagement.


Theatre Lawrence works with volunteers to create and deliver extraordinary theatre and educational programs that engage the community members of all ages and backgrounds. Theatre Lawrence hosts a season of performances, concerts series, art exhibits and more.

The arts community comes together to offer special exhibits, receptions, amazing artwork and more on the last Friday of every month. Final Fridays include activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance and theater for all ages.

This overview just taps the surface of what Lawrence has to offer if you’re looking for arts and culture. Come to Lawrence ready to play.

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