Learning About the Environment Through the Arts: 'This creative venue for learning math, science and reading promotes greatness in every student', said Peggy Salyer, second grade teacher at Quail Run Elementary School Third Grade Theatre Arts Day: Third graders in Lawrence are invited backstage to learn about make-up, costuming, movement, lighting, sound and performance


Research has shown that the arts enrich all aspects of education. Integrating art into the learning environment helps reach students with diverse learning styles and promotes interdisciplinary understanding and critical thinking. We support education by providing teacher resources and workshops. In addition, we offer free school-only performances and educational programs for preschool through high school students.

Did You Know?

Elementary students who attended schools in which the arts were integrated with classroom curriculum outperformed their peers in math. ~ Americans for the Arts.

New Teacher Orientation

Welcome new teachers! We are excited to greet the new USD 497 teachers and tell them about the exciting events, teacher resources and school performances and programs at the Lied Center.

Adventures in Imagination

This group serves as the planning and advisory board for school performances and programs. Adventures in Imagination was formed as part of Lawrence Education Achievement Partners (LEAP) partners and includes USD 497 principals, teachers and administrators; Lied Center staff; and U.S. Bank staff. The partnership supports programs and activities that help to integrate the arts in the classroom enhancing the curriculum.

Arts Ambassadors

Each school in USD 497 has an arts ambassador who serves as a link between the Lied Center and the school. This network of teachers helps disseminate Lied Center news to their respective schools and assists with coordinating tickets to school-only performances. Find out who the arts ambassador is in your school.

Teacher Resources

More Information

Anthea Scouffas
Director of Education and Engagement

School Performances