Friday, August 30; 5-9pm
Various Downtown Locations
On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5-9PM, the streets of Downtown Lawrence and the Warehouse Arts District erupt. Storefronts convert into flash spaces, and performances and exhibits spill in and out of galleries and businesses. Final Fridays include activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance and theater for all ages.
Final Fridays began in August of 2010. The Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc., The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission and a wealth of artists, gallerists, art collectives and local businesses came together. They all saw the value of the arts in Lawrence, and that an opportunity existed to bring the arts to a wider public. The idea of a monthly free arts festival was agreed upon, and as a result Final Fridays was born.
Lawrence has one of the highest percentages of working artists in the country per capita, therefore Lawrence has long stood out in the Kansas landscape as a mecca for creative thought and energy.
August Final Fridays:
Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Massachusetts;Free talk by Prof. Amanda Nagel, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, marking the opening of our upcoming exhibit, “Far Afield: Kansans in the Spanish-American War.”
Essential Goods, 933 Massachusetts; Across The Decades: An exhibition of works by John Geery
Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop, 802 & 804 Massachusetts; Humanities in the Wild: The Language of Landscapes
Great American Bank, 888 New Hampshire; Leafensong First Telling – Pen and Ink Illustrations from J.R. Hooge’s Fantasy Series