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Community Learning and Enrichment Programs

Several local agencies offer recreational and enrichment programs throughout the year that you can participate in. These organizations offer educational and/or enrichment programs that do not carry academic credit. Please visit the links below to find more information about current offerings, schedules, and enrollment processes.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is the nation’s leading provider of health and safety courses, such as CPR, first aid, and lifeguard training. Each year, millions of Americans participate in Red Cross training programs, including first responders, educators, babysitters, and people who want to be prepared to help others in an emergency.

City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation

Since its creation in 1946, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department has continued to carryout the mission of enhancing the quality of life of the Lawrence community. Over the years, the department has developed many programs desired by the community. Other programs now in operation, like Art in the Park and Summer Theatre, were started by Lawrence Parks and Recreation. The department has even assisted by continuing needed programs, like continuing education classes that were eliminated as U.S.D. 497 offerings.

Dole Institute of Politics

The Dole Institute of Politics, located on KU's West Campus offers unique displays that tell the compelling story of Bob Dole's life in the context of Kansas and The Greatest Generation, the largest congressional archives in existence that house all of the Senator's congressional papers, and finally lectures and other educational programming opportunities conducted throughout the year.

KU Natural History Museum

The KU Natural History Museum is home to four floors of public exhibits including the historic Panorama; live snakes and insects; vertebrate and invertebrate fossils; parasites and microbes; and the flora and fauna of the Great Plains. The museum provides content-rich, hands-on informal science learning for schoolchildren in grades K–12. These programs have reached more than 20,000 participants since 2003. The museum also offers a wide range of public programs and events

Lawrence Arts Center

The Lawrence Arts Center is a public and private partnership, a regional center for visual and performing arts, contemporary exhibitions, film, and lectures. These programs are complemented by fully developed curricula in ballet and modern dance, theater performance, and visual arts. The Arts Center employs over 120 teaching artists whose courses observe Kennedy Center standards for visual and performing arts. 10,000 students take courses annually, and the Arts Center greets over 200,000 visitors each year.

Lied Center of Kansas

The Lied Center is KU’s premier performing arts venue. The Center offers lectures, demonstrations, master classes, workshops and discussions with scholars and artists to interested members of the Lawrence community. These interactions are held at the Lied Center, at regional universities and at various locations in the community.

Spencer Museum of Art

The Spencer Museum of Art, located on the University of Kansas campus, houses an internationally-known collection that is deep and diverse, currently numbering nearly 36,000 artworks and artifacts in all media. The collection spans the history of European and American art from ancient to contemporary, and includes broad and significant holdings of East Asian art. Areas of special strength include medieval art; European and American paintings, sculpture and prints; photography; Japanese Edo-period painting and prints; 20th-century Chinese painting; and KU’s ethnographic collection, which includes about 10,000 Native American, African, Latin American and Australian works.

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