Arts for Lawrence offers recurring programming for felting, poets


Arts for Lawrence offers several programs at the Theater at the Fort, including some for non-theater enthusiasts.

Program Director Anthony Smith said the Theater at the Fort offers two recurring programs, one for felting and one for poets.

“We have a resident artist whose medium is felt,” Smith said. “He makes sculptures out of felt. His name is Gary Schmidt and we have a monthly workshop with him to do felting. That’s a small but dedicated crowd, and it’s getting bigger.”

The cost for the felting program is $35 per person or $50 for two. Admission covers supplies. The workshop is at 6 p.m. every third Thursday at the theater, 8920 Otis Ave., Lawrence.

Another recurring offering is the poets laureate program. The free event is at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the theater.

“A collection of poets gets together, and there’s usually one featured poet every month,” Smith said. “There’s kind of, for lack of a better term, an open-mic setting around it. Anybody can come and anybody can read, and that’s free.”

Later this year, Smith said Arts for Lawrence wants to add a wine and canvas-type program.

Theater folks can get involved through Lawrence Players, where community members stage a play from start to finish.

“It’s really the best opportunity we are able to provide for people, whether you have experience or you just were interested, and this is something you’ve always wanted to try,” Smith said. “We really try to make this as open and accessible as we can.”

Lawrence Players is free for participants, but attendees must purchase tickets to attend plays.

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