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.
Free school-only performances since 1993.
More than 10,000 children attend free performances annually.
400 Children attend 3rd Grade Arts Day annually.
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.
Renee Rosnes with KU Jazz Ensemble I — Beyond the StageStudents the in the award-winning KU Jazz Ensemble I rehearsed and performed with virtuoso jazz pianist and composer Renee Rosnes at the Lied Center of Kansas.
Andy Akiho with KU Percussion Group — Beyond the StageFollowing a week of workshops and rehearsals, the KU Percussion Group performs on the Lied Center stage with virtuoso percussionist and composer, Andy Akiho.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble — Beyond the StageThe Hypnotic Brass Ensemble shared their passion for music and arts education in an energetic performance for all the middle school students in Lawrence Public Schools prior to their public performance at the Lied Center. The Fox4 News team was on site covering the school performances, and band students even performed on stage with the group! Learn more about the Lied Center at lied.ku.edu.
Rhapsody in Black — Beyond the StageLeland Gantt performed his one-man play RHAPSODY IN BLACK for all Lawrence High and Free State High School students. The poignant and often hilarious play deconstructs notions of race and identity—provoking thought, realigning perspectives and sparking healthy conversations. Learn more about the Lied Center at lied.ku.edu.
UNVEILED: A One-Woman Play — Beyond the StagePlaywright and performer Rohina Malik shared UNVEILED: A One-Woman Play at the Lied Center, and engaged with audience members and KU students in a Q&A session after the performance. In the play, she breaks down stereotypes and performs as several different characters, sharing their unique and vulnerable stories. Learn more about the Lied Center at lied.ku.edu.
Amirah Sackett, Muslim American hip-hop dancer — Beyond the StageInternationally recognized hip-hop dancer Amirah Sackett engaged with students across multiple age groups in master classes, workshops and discussions during a residency at the Lied Center of Kansas in Fall 2018. Learn more about the Lied Center at lied.ku.edu.