Events Calendar

Events are free and take place in a variety of locations and formats. The Museum is committed to accessibility for all visitors. Our efforts are ongoing. To request an accommodation for an upcoming event, please contact the Museum in advance at spencerart@ku.edu or 785.864.4710.

August 11

Class

A SENSE OF PLACE IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

5:30PM – 7PM
The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Friends of the Art Museum are invited to learn the foundations of floral design to create and take home a hand-tied bouquet that includes locally grown flowers and native grasses. Kirsten Bosnak of Blue Morning Glory flower farm and design studio leads this workshop and conversation around flower-filled artwork, ecosystems, and the benefits of locally grown and sourced flowers. We will also enjoy a special tour of the Commons’ newly renovated Weaver Courtyard. Space is limited and registration is required. Interested children are welcome. Email aduke@ku.edu or call 785-864-0126 to register, request an accommodation, or learn how to become a Friend of the Art Museum. This workshop is also offered Saturday, August 14, from 10:00-11:30AM. Choose the session that works best for you.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

August 14

Class

A SENSE OF PLACE IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

10AM – 11:30AM
The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Friends of the Art Museum are invited to learn the foundations of floral design to create and take home a hand-tied bouquet that includes locally grown flowers and native grasses. Kirsten Bosnak of Blue Morning Glory flower farm and design studio leads this workshop and conversation around flower-filled artwork, ecosystems, and the benefits of locally grown and sourced flowers. We will also enjoy a special tour of the Commons’ newly renovated Weaver Courtyard. Space is limited and registration is required. Interested children are welcome. Email aduke@ku.edu or call 785-864-0126 to register, request an accommodation, or learn how to become a Friend of the Art Museum. This workshop is also offered Wednesday, August 11, from 5:30-7:00PM. Choose the session that works best for you.

August 20

Activity

CIVIL WAR ON THE BORDER BLEEDING KANSAS BUS TOURS

9AM – 3PM
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St

This tour will take visitors to a series of stops related to the Bleeding Kansas conflict, including a special display of prints by Jacob Lawrence about abolitionist John Brown at the Spencer Museum. These two-hour tours are offered at 9AM, 12PM, and 3PM and require tickets purchased in advance. This event is part of Civil War on the Border, Douglas County's annual heritage festival on August 20–22 commemorating Quantrill's Raid and Lawrence's role in the Civil War. Learn more about the festival at https://www.watkinsmuseum.org/cwb. To purchase your bus tour tickets online, visit https://douglas-county-historical-society.networkforgood.com/events/31904-civil-war-on-the-border-bus-tours.

Sponsored By: Watkins Community Museum of History, Spencer Museum of Art

August 25

Activity

HAWK WEEK SIGNS OF PLACE

1PM – 3PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Reece Memorial Plaza

What and how do you know about the place of KU? Visit the Spencer Museum of Art to create an artwork that explores place, heritage, culture, and memory. Get inspiration from the art of KU alumnus Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds and his “Native Host” series, the 2021 KU Common Work of Art. All KU students are invited to drop by this outdoor Hawk Week event or stay to create and chat. Individual material packets will be provided. Learn more about the KU Common Book and Common Work our Art in the Museum’s virtual exhibition.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Student Advisory Board, Office of First-Year Experience