Events Calendar

All events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise noted. See individual listings for events that require registration.

February 23

Activity

Read Across Lawrence Outsider Art

4PM – 5PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

Create works of art inspired by self-taught artists. During this event, you can try your hand at making plaster assemblages and blind contour drawings as part of the Read Across Lawrence program.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

February 24

Activity

Art Cart At Large Pledges of Allegiance

1PM – 2PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

The Art Cart is rolling over to the Library for a special edition designed for adults of all ages. Drop by to craft your own flag inspired by a selection of Mr. Browne’s precepts from the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio and examples of flags from the Pledges of Allegiance public art project on view outside Spooner Hall, then draft a personal pledge articulating what it stands for.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

March 10

Activity

Art Cart Textile Printing

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY, 404

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art on view. Explore a selection of 20th-century African art and create patterned textile designs inspired by Mali textiles.

March 31

Activity

KU Powwow & Indigenous Culture Festival

12PM – 10PM
LIED CENTER OF KANSAS, 1600 STEWART DR

The KU Powwow and Indigenous Culture Festival is a day-long celebration of Native American culture featuring children’s activities, food and craft vendors, presentations, workshops, and demonstrations led by Indigenous artists, scholars, and craftspeople. The event also includes traditional dwellings built for the festival.

Sponsored By: First Nations Student Association, Lied Center of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art, Office of Multicultural Affairs, KU Native Faculty-Staff Council, KU Film and Media Studies, KU Indigenous Studies, Haskell Cultural Center and Museum

April 05

Activity

The Pansy Project: Pansy Giveaway

1PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, H.W. (BILL) AND MARYNELL D. REECE MEMORIAL PLAZA

London-based artist Paul Harfleet brings his international Pansy Project to Lawrence with a series of programs, beginning with the free distribution of pansies to passersby. Harfleet plants pansies to identify sites where homophobic abuse has occurred in a community.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art’s Integrated Arts Research Initiative, KU Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

April 06

Activity

The Pansy Project: Pansy Planting Tour

2PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART AND OTHER LOCATIONS

Visiting artist Paul Harfleet leads a walking tour of sites of homophobic abuse in our community, planting a pansy at each site and photographing it as part of his ongoing Pansy Project. The tour begins and ends at the Spencer Museum.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art’s Integrated Arts Research Initiative, KU Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

April 21

Activity

Art Cart Gel Printing with Plants

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art on view in Big Botany. Create prints inspired by plants and experiment with a gel printing technique with staff members from the Spencer and KU’s Natural History Museum.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Natural History Museum

April 29

Activity

Day of Creativity: People. Plants. Play.

12PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Cultivate your creative side while exploring the intertwined relationships of art and science and people and the plant world. Demonstrations, performances, and hands-on activities showcase highlights and hidden wonders at KU’s two museums.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, KU Natural History Museum

May 19

Activity

Art Cart Nature vs Machine Drawings

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art. In conjunction with the exhibition Big Botany, staff from KU’s Natural History Museum join us to create drawings that depict the differences between the organic and non-organic world.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Natural History Museum

May 24

Activity

Art Cart At Large Pollinators

10AM – 12PM
THE PANORAMA, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, DYCHE HALL, 1345 JAYHAWK BLVD

Join Spencer staff for an Art Cart at Large at KU Natural History Museum’s Discovery Day. We’ll explore pollination and pollinators in both art and science.

Sponsored By: Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art