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About Us

Arts for Lawrence connects arts and community

to inspire everyone every day.

Founded in 2006, Arts for Lawrence (AFL) is the largest performing and visual arts nonprofit organization in Lawrence and the northeast quadrant of Indianapolis.


AFL offers a diverse blend of affordable quality art programs at the Theater at the Fort, the Visual Art Center, and the Fort Ben Cultural Campus. Programs include festivals, theater performances, outdoor concert series, art classes, art exhibitions, poetry readings, and more. Many of these events are free to the public.

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Arts for Lawrence connect arts & community to inspire everyone, every day.

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Lawrence is a vibrant Cultural District as designated by the State of Indiana.

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Core Values

  • Relentless commitment to the vision.

  • Continuous improvement defines our future.

  • Breaking barriers to serve all.

  • Giving our best in every interaction. 

  • Be kind.

As stewards of the historic Theater at the Fort, AFL builds strong partnerships to bring a diverse blend of performances to the stage in drama, music, dance, storytelling, and more. AFL launched the Fort Ben Cultural Campus in June 2021. The former Fort Harrison Communications building was moved to the Cultural Campus and was repurposed as a Visual Art Center offering a gallery with monthly exhibitions, a ceramics studio offering classes for all ages and abilities, and an upstairs classroom offering classes in many other art mediums including painting, digital art, and needle felting. 


The Fort Ben Cultural Campus is also home to the Musical Swings, open to the

public with music playing from 9 am – 10 pm daily. 

The arts can do great things with your help!

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