Some folklife venues around Lawrence
Lawrence has some excellent facilities and venues that serve most of our community’s needs well. As indicated on the functional facility needs page, there are some specific requirements for some of our folklife activities that are not met in local facilities. Below is an incomplete list of some facilities in town that have been used for folklife related activities. Please contact us if you have additions to the list. This is meant to be a resource for groups seeking activity spaces.Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for a comparison of local and national facilities. Their dimensions and accessory building are listed.
Woodlawn Elementary’s gymnasium – used for contra dances
New York Elementary School’s gymnasium – used for contra dances
Pickney Elementary School’s gymnasium – used for contra dances
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School – used for contra dances
Community Building (Parks and Rec) – Downtown Lawrence – used for contra dances. They also have a small dance studio and other useable spaces.
ECM Building – 12th and Oread, edge of KU campus in Lawrence. Multi use space. Dances, small concerts, seminars, etc.
Bishop Seabury School – gymnasium space
Sunrise Project – Meeting and event space
East Lawrence Recreation Center – used for contra dances, meeting space
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish – gymnasium
White School – old one room schoolhouse in North Lawrence – Used for English country dances, reception.
Unitarian Fellowship – larger old one room schoolhouse just south of Lawrence – Used for Scandinavian dancing, folk concerts and workshops
Douglas County Senior Center’s activity room (above the downtown fire station at 7th and Vermont) – Used for many years in the past for contra dancing, English country dancing, Scandinavian dancing, workshops
Lawrence Arts Center – Used for concerts, reception, workshops
Arts Center annex (the old ballet studio at 7th and Vermont) – no longer available, now offices. This was a very fine dancing space despite the lack of air conditioning in the summer.
Carnegie Library building (Vermont & 9th) – Used for small contra dances, Scandinavian dancing, workshops
Visitor’s Center – North Lawrence – Used for small folk concerts, workshops, reception
Be Moved Studio – above Liberty Hall – Used for small dances, workshops
Liberty Hall – Used for concerts, reception
Lied Center Pavilion – KU West Campus – Used for concerts, could be used for dances, reception
South Park and Gazebo – Used for concerts, festivals
Castle Tea Room – Used for concerts and reception
Douglas County Fair Grounds – Used for festivals and big events
Lawrence City Parks – There are many excellent spaces for outdoor activities and events in Lawrence
Cider Gallery – Reception, possible dance space
American Music Academy – small concerts, jam sessions, reception