The arts play an important role in the vibrant life of KU and Lawrence, which is why the Lied Center is committed to engaging our community with visiting artists. From flash mobs, writing workshops and artist “meet and greets” to jam sessions and pre-performance educational events, the community can interact with artists and art from around the world.
At the Lied Center we strive to bring outstanding performers to the stage and enhance your experience by offering a broad range of interactions with artists. We do so by offering lectures, demonstrations, master classes, workshops and discussions with scholars and artists. These interactions are held at the Lied Center, and at various locations on campus, in our community and throughout the region.
Join us this season for one of our many community engagement activities and events!
The Student Union Activities (SUA) Board is a student organization that has planned or “programmed” events for the entire KU community to enjoy for 75 YEARS. The events are chosen, planned, and put on by eight student committees and largely promoted by the committees.
SUA’s mission is to seek to enrich the college experience by providing diverse, interactive, and educational programming and leadership opportunities for the KU community. SUA strives to uphold its mission through every event it brings to the KU campus.
SUA is focused on adding to the college experience of all KU students.
We are proud to partner with various academic departments including the School of Music, Department of Dance and Department of Theatre by engaging world-renowned artists who will perform with students and/or lead educational workshops throughout the entire school year.
If you have questions about any performance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Ticket Office at 785-864-2787.
Explore “Beyond the Stage”
From internationally-renowned musicians, actors and dancers to independent filmmakers and artistic directors, the Lied Center makes it possible to engage with and learn from some of the world’s most outstanding artists.
25+ Year Partnership with USD 497—Beyond the StageThe Lied Center is proud to partner with Lawrence Public Schools in providing free arts experiences to all students in the district each year. From school-only performances to Third Grade Theatre Arts Day to educator workshops and more, integrating the arts into the lives of the next generation is at the core of our mission.
In celebration of our 25-year partnership with Lawrence Public Schools, from 1994 to 2019, the Lied Center invited over 600 third and fourth grade students and their art teachers to participate in a unique and interactive art experience led by artist Carol Bradbury. The result—a visually stunning installation of four lobby column wraps that the artist evolved from students working and playing together.
"They Called Her Vivaldi" school performance — Beyond the StageTheatre Lovett from Dublin, Ireland presented "They Called Her Vivaldi" at a school-only performance for 3rd-5th graders at the Lied Center of Kansas. This creative theatre piece, full of beautiful music, lyrical prose and hilarious characters, celebrates the power within us all to follow our dreams and overcome our fears.
Mayhem Poets—Beyond the StageThe Mayhem Poets are theatre-trained, comedically-gifted, lyrical virtuosos who seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand-up comedy to tell gut-wrenching truths.
In the fall of 2021 they conducted a workshop with USD497 high school students, imparting ways to communicate important truths about the power of words and about human values.
Amirah Sackett & MR MiC Virtual Residency—Beyond the StageHip-hop dancer, choreographer and teacher Amirah Sackett and Ahmed Zaghbouni (aka MR MiC)—beatboxer, musician, voice impressionist and film director—spent a week as artists-in-residence at the Lied Center in the fall of 2020 engaging the community with virtual activities and events during the pandemic.
Sonia De Los Santos—Beyond the StageIn this school-only performance, Sonia De Los Santos performed Latin American family music for third to fifth grade students in USD 497. Her unique concert included songs, in English and Spanish, that reflects her experiences growing up in Mexico, moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage. Messages of making joyful community music and building cultural bridges inspires children of all backgrounds.
Keeping Faith: Sisters of Story—Beyond the StageThree storytellers—a Muslim woman, a Jewish woman and a Christian woman—share stories inspired by their personal journeys to show peace, curiosity and similarities amongst their faiths.