The residents of Lawrence are so fortunate to have such a fabulous facility and an incredible staff as that which co-exists at the Lawrence Arts Center. Executive Director and former Lawrence Public School Teacher Susan Tate does an artful job of balancing the objectives of education, promotion and integration of the arts while simultaneously maintaining a business approach to running an art center, thus, ensuring its future. I was thrilled, therefore, to receive my latest copy of the Lawrence Business Magazine and see Susan Tate and Lawrence Arts Center gallery director, Ben Ahlvers, featured on the cover.
Ben came to the Arts Center nearly a decade ago as the Ceramics coordinator. During his tenure he brought national attention to the Ceramics Program here, coordinating a symposium of 8 well-known ceramic artists. A couple of years later, he repeated the event, building on the success of the first. About 5 years ago, he moved into the position of Gallery director. His most recent achievement was apparent during last month’s final friday gallery walk. Photographer Baron Wolman was on site at the opening of the Every Picture Tells a Story show that Ben coordinated, and the place was PACKED throughout the entire event, even spilling out onto the street.
I really believe that the Lawrence Arts Center is a shining example of a community art program. But you don’t have to take my word for it, check out the Lawrence Business Magazine Cover Story, or just check out the Lawrence Arts Center itself!
PS: no, I wasn’t stressed at all writing an article that I know will be read by my former High School English teacher….