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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Eriko Daimo with KU Percussion Group—Beyond the StageAfter a week of workshops and rehearsals, the KU Percussion Group performs on the Lied Center stage with award-winning marimbist Eriko Daimo.
SHE, a Choreoplay—Beyond the StageJinah Parker, dancer, choreographer and playwright, conducted a "UNIV 101" workshop and presented a performance with Q&A in November, 2020. "SHE" uses dance, music, film and monologues to present a unique and powerful theater experience about empowerment and healing from sexual violence.
Kit Yan, slam poet—Beyond the StageKit Yan, slam poet, playwright and performer, conducted a workshop with KU Theatre students and engaged with KU First-Year Experience students in partnership with the Lied Center of Kansas in October, 2019.
His poetry explores identity as a transgender, queer and Asian American from Hawaii. Yan’s award-winning solo slam-poetry show, Queer Heartache, is a testament to the resilience of queer love, in all its forms, in the face of heartbreaking barriers everywhere—from the dating pool to the medical establishment.