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Hispanic Heritage Month Festival returns this week with music, dance

The Hispanic Heritage Month Festival is back for its second year with four events this week to celebrate Spanish and Latino music and dance. By Rochelle Valverde

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Spencer Museum exceeds fundraising goal, allowing expansion of renovation Phase I

Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art has surpassed its $5 million fundraising goal for Phase I of its renovation, allowing the museum to expand the scope of the project.

City Commission to review Free State Festival's $100,000 funding request; arts center director says event will be canceled if city doesn't agree

City commissioners will be asked to approve the Lawrence Arts Center’s request for $100,000 at City Hall on Tuesday evening. If festival organizers don’t receive an answer by then, the 2016 Free State Festival, tentatively slated for June 20-26, will be canceled. That’s the line Lawrence Arts Center CEO Susan Tate drew in an Aug. 10 letter, which asked for $100,000 in transient guest tax funds — a jump from $60,000 in 2015 and $20,000 in 2014 — to support the festival.

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2015 Fall Arts Preview: Concerts, exhibits, shows, celebrities and more

Make space on your calendar for some of these informative, fun and funky events this season.

Haskell art market, powwow this weekend

The 27th annual Haskell Indian Art Market is scheduled for this weekend in Lawrence. The university plans its fall “Welcome Back” powwow on Saturday at Haskell Stadium. Both are free and open to the public.

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Lawrence Arts and Crafts Festival is Sunday

More than 130 artists and exhibitors plan to attend the South Park festival, in its 36th year, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Just a few of the things artists said they’re bringing include a wide range of accessories, artwork and photography, and various decor for every room of the house as well as the garden, toys and clothing.

Local artist Dave Loewenstein to host introductory workshop for new 'Kansas People's History Project'

Dave Loewenstein, the local artist whose colorful murals enliven public spaces in Lawrence and across the country, is embarking on a new project that he hopes will re-engage Kansans with bits of our state identity that we may have forgotten or unknowingly overlooked. It’s a lofty goal, to be sure, and to make it happen, he’s going to need some help. Loewenstein will host a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Watkins Museum of History to introduce the Kansas People’s History Project, a collaborative effort between the Douglas County Historical Society and five arts and educational organizations across the state.

Consultants to present city's Cultural Plan, survey results at commission meeting

A team of city consultants is slated to present its final draft of Lawrence’s Cultural Plan — an endeavor that launched in February — during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting.

Getting to know you: An introduction to East Ninth Project's commissioned artists

The City of Lawrence on Tuesday announced the names of the East Ninth Project's eight commissioned artists, and while details of the artists' plans for the project aren't available as yet, we do know that all artists involved have ties to the Lawrence or Kansas City region.

Nominations sought for Phoenix Awards to honor outstanding Lawrence artists

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Phoenix Awards.

Several counties planning to sue state over improper distribution of funds

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2015 Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

Sights and sounds from the 2015 Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, held Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 at South Park in downtown Lawrence. Music is by Billy Ebeling & The Late for Dinner Band.

Intergalactic Jedi Academy at the Lawrence Arts Center

Campers at the Lawrence Arts Center are introduced to all things "Star Wars" during the weeklong Intergalactic Jedi Academy. Campers created costumes, drew popular Star Wars characters, learned Jedi moves from dance instructors and built their own lightsabers made from pool noodles.

Sculpture workshop with Lincoln Fox

Lawrence resident Denise Detommaso talks about learning from professional sculptor Lincoln Fox, who came to Lawrence for a sculpture workshop at Art Emergency.

The Chair Show

Matt Jones, co-owner of Struct/Restruct talks about the concept behind The Chair Show, which he helped organize at Decade coffee shop in East Lawrence.

Young guerilla artists leave their marks downtown

First and second-graders participating in the Lawrence Arts Center's guerilla art camp displayed some of their temporary art along with a positive message Friday, March 20, 2015, in downtown Lawrence.

Youths learn how to make short films for Free State Festival

A group of young filmmakers are creating short films with the help of Lawrence Arts Center Digital Media Director Marlo Angell. The films will be shown during at the Youth Outreach Showcase during the Free State Festival on June 26.

Van Go students create short film

Van Go student filmmakers create a short film for the Free State Festival along the banks of the Kansas River with the help of Lawrence Arts Center digital media director Marlo Angell.

At 93, sculptor Elden Tefft prepares for a show

Lawrence sculptor Elden Tefft works in preparation for his upcoming show at the Lawrence Arts Center, “Gossamer: Before and After the Sculpture Moses.”

Visiting Artist Creates Balloon Installation

Chicago artist Willy Chyr talks about an installation he is creating at the Lawrence Arts Center from an estimated 1,200 balloons.

Visiting Artist Creates Balloon Installation

Chicago artist, Willy Chyr talks about an installation he is creating at the Lawrence Arts Center from an estimated 1,200 balloons