A forum Saturday will ask the six candidates for Lawrence City Commission to answer questions about how they value local arts and cultural organizations and businesses.
The Arts, Culture & Creative Industries Candidate Forum is slated for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (Oct. 2) at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Seating will be first-come, first-served, and masks are required for those who attend in person.
“Arts and culture in Lawrence is a key component to the city’s identity. In this forum we will hear from city commission candidates about their plans for leveraging Lawrence’s cultural assets as part of the city’s strategic plan, economic development, and the downtown master plan.”
Deanell Reece Tacha, former judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, will moderate. Candidates will be asked to share their thoughts on sustainable funding for the arts, how the city could help improve the economic impact of the arts, and more.
The forum will also be livestreamed. Watch in the space below or visit this link.
The arts center’s co-hosts for the forum include Art Emergency, Cider Gallery, eXplore Lawrence, Gould Evans, the Lawrence Art Guild, The Percolator, Raven Book Store, Theatre Lawrence, SeedCo Studios, Spencer Museum of Art, Van Go Inc., Watkins Museum of History, Wonder Fair and The Lawrence Times.
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