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.
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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.
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.
2019/20 Jazzy Ash—Lied Across Kansas5th year of Lied Across Kansas. Jazzy Ash is a celebrated children’s songwriter and music educator. Inspired by her New Orleans roots and early jazz music, Ash performs fun-filled and educational concerts for kids and adults, teaching audiences about New Orleans music and culture. The Lied Across Kansas outreach program visited rural schools and community centers in Salina, Hays, Russell and Sabetha, Kansas.
Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola, with KU Symphony Orchestra—Beyond the StageAs part of the Lied Center's collaboration with the KU School of Music, Juan-Miguel Hernandez teaches a master class for KU music students. The KU Symphony Orchestra rehearses the performance with Juan-Miguel's viola solo. The performance was available on Livestream on September 26, 2019.
New York Philharmonic String Quartet master class—Beyond the Stage
2019 KU Powwow & Indigenous Cultures Festival – Beyond the StageThe 2019 KU Powwow & Indigenous Cultures Festival was presented by the KU First Nations Student Association (FNSA), Lied Center, KU Office of Multicultural Affairs, Native Faculty and Staff Council, KU Indigenous Studies Program, Spencer Museum of Art, KU Film and Media Studies, and Jancita Warrington (cultural consultant). In addition to traditional powwow activities, the festival included work by visual artists and filmmakers participating in the Indigenous Arts Initiative, as well as a grass house build led by a Wichita Tribe elder, workshops, activities and more.