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Lawrence Education Center

101 East Laurel
Springfield, IL 62704

Lawrence Education Center has been the recipient of grant funding from the following entities:

American Library Association/Oprah's Angel Network: Great Stories CLUB
Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries
Lowe's Toolbox for Education
National Endowment for the Humanities Picturing America award
We the People Bookshelf
ABC NewsChannel 20 and Oprah's Big Give
NEA's Books Across America
Springfield Public Schools Foundation
Mayor's Book Club

In addition, Memorial Medical Center's Risk Management Division "adopted" Lawrence in 2008, and our Family Specialist in the VIA/Literacy program received the Women Helping Women Award.

In 1998, Lawrence Education Center received the Governor's Home Town Award (GHTA).

From 1994-2003 VIA/Literacy hosted Golf for Literacy. During that time, the proceeds from the golf outing went to Lawrence Education Center in order to support the literacy efforts of the Springfield community.

Lawrence Education Center was recognized by the United States Office of Education as one of ten outstanding Adult Education Programs in the nation in December 1985.

Lawrence Education Center was nominated to receive the Secretary's Award for outstanding vocational programs in 1983.


Lawrence Education Center and the Springfield Art Association partnered together to provide rich art activities based on Art Outreach portfolios from September 2010 through May 2011

Each month a different portfolio was utilized to serve as the framework for activities that were explored by the students.

Students had opportunities to reflect on various aspects of the portfolios, whether by reviewing literature, architecture, or the visual art itself. They then responded how the arts shape and reflect history, society, and everyday life.
Students also had access to digital cameras so that visual images were recorded for reflection and to tell a story.

Two service projects were incorporated into the monthly activities. The first incorporated utilizing large planters that were donated to the Art Association to be placed at the new Southwinds Park. Students from Lawrence Education Center designed mosaic patterns to be the basis of at least one of the planters.

The second activity was in conjunction with a local nursing home. Students had the opportunity to display their art for the residents of this facility. A minimum of one field trip to visit residents was planned to allow the students to discuss their art.

September Theme Spanish artists—Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

  • Mural Art
  • Mosaic planters
  • Field trip to locate local murals in community

October Theme Renaissance artists—Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo

  • Frescoes
  • Respond to Sistine Chapel panels
  • Write short stories

November Theme—Native American Art

  • Visit the Illinois State Museum exhibit of Peoples of the Past
  • Pinch pots and/or Dream Catcher

December Theme—Alaskan Art

  • Totem poles
  • Read stories of the Alaskan native mythology

January Theme—Contemporary African American Artist and Jacob Lawrence - "The Barber Shop"

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. day Celebration

February Theme— Art and Crafts of Africa
Preston Jackson-Bronze Statue

  • Artist talk/ Curator at Illinois State Museum
  • Lincoln Home visit
  • Edwards Place Tour
  • Springfield Architectural review
  • Photo journals

March Theme —Women Artists
Georgia O'Keefe

  • Quilts
  • Still life
  • Paint on canvas and connect pictures for a temporary exhibit
  • Visit Hoogland Center

April Theme—Sound and Movement

  • Prairie Art Alliance
  • Costumes
  • Behind the scenes
  • Set design/Muni/Ballet

May Theme—Pablo Picasso

  • Individualism
  • Self-portraits/paint on canvas
  • Explore Math aspects of Art
  • Visit the studio at Edwards Place