Events Calendar

All events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise noted. See individual listings for events that require registration.

August 27

Activity

HAWK WEEK CREATE YOUR SPACE

2:30PM – 4:30PM
DAISY HILL COMMONS, 1620 ENGEL RD

Whether you are moving into a new space in the residence halls or just readying yourself for new opportunities, you can find your place through art. KU students are invited to drop by and collect posters and postcards from the Spencer Museum of Art. There will also be KU trivia and prizes.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

August 28

Activity

HAWK WEEK TELL YOUR TALE: ART JOURNALS AND STORY QUILTS

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Join us to create story quilts and art journals, two great ways to create your personal story through cloth and decorative paper. Choose from Spencer Museum designs or create unique designs to share your story. Drop in to create, chat, and explore the Spencer’s galleries. Materials are provided for both activities.

September 14

Activity

ART CART COMIC BOOK COLLAGE

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAMUEL H. KRESS FOUNDATION GALLERY, 407

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art on view. Learn about a moment in history between the Cochiti Pueblo people of New Mexico and Spanish Conquistadores, and explore comic book styles of storytelling to create visual conversations through collage.

September 22

Activity

BACKYARD BASH

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, MARVIN GROVE

Kick back with your friends and neighbors in the biggest backyard on campus—historic Marvin Grove behind the Spencer Museum of Art—for an afternoon of artist-designed games, performances, demonstrations, and hands-on opportunities to explore nature and culture. Free and fun for all ages. Check back in August for the full schedule and participating partners and artists.

September 26

Activity

VOTES AND VIEWS: EXPLORING DECISIONS

3PM – 5PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, THE PANORAMA, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, DYCHE HALL, 1345 JAYHAWK BLVD

KU students are invited to get to know KU’s museums at this event offered in conjunction with the 2019 KU Common Book, Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation. Which works of art would you display in the White House if you were President? Which species would you vote to protect? Exercise your right to vote and explore what influences your choices. Refreshments provided.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Office of First-Year Experience, Natural History Museum

October 19

Activity

ART CART LIGHT IT UP!

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY, 316

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art on view. Experience the wonder of work by artist Danielle Roney in the exhibition knowledges and create your own freestanding light sculpture.

October 23

Activity

HAUNTING HUMANITIES

6PM – 9PM
ABE AND JAKE’S LANDING, 8 E 6TH ST, LAWRENCE, KS 66044

This unexpected humanities fair brings art, literature, history, classics, theater, and more out of the shadows and into downtown Lawrence for a night of haunting fun for all ages. Stop by the Spencer Museum station to take part in an ancient samurai ritual and test of courage—if you dare. Our version of the ghost story game Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai or “Gathering of 100 Supernatural Tales” starts with 100 candles. One by one, the flames disappear as you share a haunting haiku inspired by images of Japanese prints on view. Throw down your last spooky syllable to extinguish one candle. When the last candle goes dark, will the spirits appear?

Sponsored By: Hall Center for the Humanities

November 23

Activity

ART CART HOME-HOLDER

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY, 404

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art on view. Create a mixed-media “home-holder” by using materials to visualize what home means to you.

December 07

Activity

TAILS AND TRADITIONS FAMILY FESTIVAL

9AM – 12PM
WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY, 1047 MASSACHUSETTS ST

Visit the Watkins Museum to create and celebrate holiday traditions with your family at this free annual event. The Spencer Museum will be on hand to lead a special art activity.

Sponsored By: Watkins Museum of History