(716 NEW HAMPSHIRE-HOBBS TAYLOR LOFTS & 734 MASSACHUSETTS)
Please make plans on this Final Friday, September 30, from 5-9 PM for two free art events, both with music, fun, and wonderful art by talented artists!
The Lawrence Art Party has been held every month since the beginning of Lawrence Final Fridays. Our goals have been to host a free, fun party for the community; provide a venue for both the performing and visual arts, and provide visual artists an opportunity to show, share, and sell their art. We have been more successful than we imagined was possible. For example, last month, we had an estimated 600-800 guests during this five hour event, and our artists sold a lot of wonderful art.
To meet increasing demand by artists and the public, and to ensure a solid foundation for the future, we are making two major improvements to our program.
First, effective immediately, we are expanding our support for the arts from one to two events. We will have entertainment and refreshments at both events.
The Lawrence Art Party will continue as a regular Lawrence Final Friday event, this month on September 30. It will take place at the Hobbs Taylor Gallery at 716 New Hampshire Street, with participation by visual and performing artists from throughout the region. We will showcase a wide variety of visual and performing artists, including dancers and musicians.
In addition, beginning this month, we will also sponsor the Lawrence Art Invitational. This event, hosted this month at 734 Massachusetts Street, will be an opportunity for established artists and advanced KU students to show their work in a gallery setting. This event will feature jazz, classical, and other music.
Second, both events will soon move under the umbrella of a non-profit organization provisionally called the Science, Art, and Technology (STArt) Alliance. This organization will be dedicated to increasing the Lawrence and regional focus on creativity, innovation, and the arts; and contributing to local economic and community development.