Events Calendar

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

February 15

Activity

ART CART ART CART: FOUND AND ASSEMBLED

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, 20/21 GALLERY, 405

Learn how artist Louise Nevelson used assemblage art to build your own mixed-media 3D sculpture similar to her Young Tree XXII. 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.

February 21

Activity

DISCOVERY DAY: CELEBRATING EVOLUTION

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

Join Spencer staff for an Art Cart At Large in the Panorama of the KU Natural History Museum during their Discovery Day celebrating the birthdays of scientists Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace. Enjoy cake and learn about evolution and extinction with hands-on activities at this free, family-friendly event.

Sponsored By: Natural History Museum

March 18

Activity

READ ACROSS LAWRENCE ART PARTY!

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

Join us at the Lawrence Public Library for this Read Across Lawrence event. Inspired by the artistic character Lupe from the book "Front Desk," we’ll draw, collage, and more! You can also learn how to write your name in Chinese with the help of Lawrence Public Library staffer Yilan Zhao. Designed for kids age 7–11.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library

March 21

Activity

ART CART BORN-AGAIN BIRDS

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY, 404

Create your own imaginary species of bird that has gone extinct by using “apocalyptic” materials inspired by the exhibition "Audubon in the Anthropocene." Staff from KU’s Natural History Museum share real bird specimens and examples of their nests. 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.

April 25

Activity

ART CART WRITE ABOUT ART

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

Explore the connection between literature and art by making a journal for sketching or writing with decorative paper, stickers, and more. 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. This Art Cart is part of the Paper Plains Literary Festival in Lawrence April 23–26. Visit paperplains.org for the full schedule.

May 16

Activity

ART CART LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Create a set design for a stage play in your own diorama influenced by the sets featured in the exhibition Staging Shimomura. 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.