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Sixth annual Waveland Art Fair to be held Sept. 7-8 at Waveland State; will feature outstanding artists

The sixth annual Waveland Art Fair will be held Sept. 7-8 at Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington, and it will feature several outstanding artists. Guests can browse and shop with Kentucky artist artwork both days, then take a walk through the historic home, where costumed staff will greet them. Guests can also enjoy lunch from Forage or Rise Up Pizza food trucks and special Kentucky fare from...

Lexington’s Living Arts and Science Center names Lori Halligan as executive director

The Living Arts and Science Center (LASC) has named Lori Halligan as its executive director. Halligan, who begins serving in the director role on May 28, joins the 51-year-old local organization following an extensive regional search. “Our board has great confidence in Lori’s proven nonprofit leadership skills to successfully further our unique mission,” LASC board president Joseph Coleman said. Halligan...

Renee Shepard named interim executive director of Living Arts and Science Center Board of Directors

The Living Arts and Science Center’s (LASC) Board of Directors has named Renee Shepard Interim Executive Director of the LASC effective immediately. Shepard is a proven Lexington leader having served as Executive Director of the Downtown Lexington Corporation (DLC) and the DLC Foundation for 10 years. As a consultant at Graves Shepard Consulting, she brings a wealth of experience in transitions...

LASC celebrates The Beatles August 18 as Sgt Peppers Bike Prom comes to downtown Lexington

An outrageous Lexington tradition returns to the Living Arts and Science Center for the 10th year August 18 as Sgt Peppers Bike Prom celebrates The Beatles. Bike Prom 2018 will draw more than 200 cyclists, dressed their fab-five best, to bike the downtown route with riders treated to prom-themed games, activities and refreshments such as prom photos, musical games, trivia, glam stations and a prom...

UK entomologists answer students question from Antarctic station at Living Arts and Science Center

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward University of Kentucky entomologists in Antarctica recently shared a research update and answered questions from young Lexingtonians as part of the Living Arts and Science Center’s No School Day program. Nick Teets, UK assistant professor, and Leslie Potts, UK doctoral student, are currently located at Palmer Station, a U.S. research facility in Antarctica. There,...

With school out for the day, Living Arts & Science Center opens Eclipse Day celebration to the public

Due to the cancellation of school in Fayette County on Eclipse Day, Monday, Aug. 21, The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) will open its planned Eclipse Celebration to the public. The LASC will be open 12-4 p.m. with activities throughout the building for families to enjoy together. The Living Arts & Science Center’s science educators will lead students through art and science activities...

Day of the Dead Festival in Lexington adds celebration details of Honduras, Guatemala

For the ninth year, Lexington’s Living Arts and Science Center will host its community celebration of the Day of the Dead with a Night of the Angels party on Nov. 1.   The participatory celebration will take place at the center at 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. and a block or so east on Third Street at the Old Episcopal Burying Grounds. A suggested $2 donation will cover all activities....

Community donates and decorates new van for Living Arts and Science Center field trips

The Living Arts and Science Center van was donated by Paul Miller Ford and wrapped by Beasley Digital. (Photo from LASC/Facebook)   Paul Miller Ford donated a 2012 Ford Transit Connect this summer to the Living Arts and Science Center and Beasley Digital wrapped it. Not in holiday paper, but in digital art.   The colorful wrap of stars, moon, clouds, paint brushes, a lizard and Kentucky was...

Bird feathers, the color orange, water make for fun at Living Arts and Science Center

Karen Geesey, a community art instructor at the Living Arts and Science Center, led three classes on Primary Election Day. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   On random occasions when school is out such as Primary Election Day, students can find interesting alternatives at the Living Arts and Science Center near downtown. For instance, this week LASC offered...

Betsy Waters: Earth Day, Arbor Day
activities lead the pack of weekend fun

  This weekend is packed full of fun for families to enjoy as we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. The weather looks great for the many wonderful family events planned throughout the weekend. From concerts and shows to stargazing and hikes, many activities are free or low-cost. I hope you and your family can enjoy making some forever memories!   The Childcare Council of Kentucky is...

Cane Run Watershed student photos at two Lexington locations starting with Gallery Hop

This watershed photo by Winburn eighth-grader Akhil Kesaraju is an example of the student work that will be on display during the coming month. (Photo provided)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Student photographers will display works depicting the Cane Run Watershed through a program designed to increase water-quality understanding and promote urban stream restoration. Lexington’s...

New works of Lexington Latino artists center of Living Arts and Science Center display

The work of Diane Kahlo is centered with works by Agustin Zarate on the left and Adan Utrera on the right. (Photo provided)   Staff report   The work of three celebrated Lexington Latino artists will go on display at the Living Arts and Science Center gallery Monday, Oct. 14, and remain through Nov. 15. The exhibition is entitled “Culture and Identity: New Expressions by Latino Artists...

More stars coming to Lexington as grant helps build new planetarium and mobile space lab

(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   A new Museums for America grant will soon bring more stars to Lexington.   Lexington’s Living Arts and Science Center has been awarded a $55,092 federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services toward the purchase of a new mobile digital planetarium and multi-media astronomy and space science programming.   The new mobile planetarium...

Betsy Waters: Lexington program gives soon-to-be kindergartners, parents a fun summer

  Summer has just started but Kindergarten is just around the corner for children in Fayette County. Over the past two years Fayette County Public Schools has partnered with local organizations to offer exciting, educational programming for students set to enter FCPS Kindergarten classes in the fall.   Countdown to Kindergarten spotlights the importance of early learning activities and...