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Tips on Attending Arts Events

Here are some general tips for attending arts events:

  • Arrive a few minutes early to find a place to sit if you are attending a lecture or performance.  In some cases (such as certain theatre performances), late admittance is not permitted.
  • Silence your cell phone before the lecture or performance begins.
  • Double-check the hours.  Some museums or galleries are closed to the public on Mondays (or a different weekday).
  • Look up more information about the guest speaker or artist before attending an event by Google searching the name and visiting any relevant websites.
  • Pick up programs, handouts, and flyers when available for helpful information about the nature of the performance, guest speaker, or artist.
  • Draw on your knowledge and life experience and try to make connections with content of the lecture, performance, exhibition, etc.
  • Be open to what the experience has to offer you. 

Event Guidelines

Most arts events offered at the University of Kansas will count toward the Arts Engagement Certificate. Here is a general list of arts venues and types of arts events that can be count toward your certificate:

  • All KU theatre performances
  • All performances and art-related talks at the Lied Center & master classes
  • All exhibitions, performances, and art related talks at Spencer Museum of Art
  • All exhibitions, performances, and art related talks at Nelson Atkins
  • All School of Music events
  • Senior recitals, thesis exhibitions, and student showcases
  • Visiting artists and art-related lectures on campus (e.g. at The Commons, Kansas Union, Hall Center, departmental guest artists, etc.)
  • Optional, hands-on workshops offered by participating Arts Engagement Departments
  • Film screenings with discussions
  • Artist talks, exhibitions, and theatre, music, and dance performances at the Lawrence Arts Center
  • Art Lectures at the Lawrence Public Library
  • Artist talks and exhibitions at the Student Union Gallery in the Kansas Union
  • All exhibitions at the Art and Design Building Gallery
  • Final Fridays (Lawrence) or First Fridays (Kansas City) are fine to attend for visual art; however, you need to write about a specific work of art or exhibition.

If you have questions about whether or not an event can count, please e-mail

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