Our Partners


The Raven Bookstore

The Raven is an independent book store specializing in literary fiction, mysteries, and regional books.

Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence Public Library (LPL for short) is a community hub that believes in the power of shared knowledge, resources, and connecting with each other. We're located in the heart of downtown Lawrence, Kansas and are committed to providing a space where our community can learn, connect, create, and grow through access to our vast collections, resources, services, programs, and knowledgeable staff. The Library is supported by tax dollars, Friends of the Library Book Sales, philanthropic efforts by the Lawrence Public Library Foundation, and the dedicated efforts of more than 300 volunteers. All are welcome.

Hall Center For The Humanities

The Hall Center for the Humanities is one of eleven designated research centers on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus. The Hall Center's primary mission is to stimulate and support faculty and graduate student research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, especially of an interdisciplinary kind, and its secondary mission is to sponsor special programs that engage the university and the wider community in dialogue on issues that bring the humanities to bear on the quality of life for all citizens.

The Commons

The Commons, at the University of Kansas, seeks to bring together scholars and students from the sciences, humanities and arts to explore the reciprocal relationships between natural and cultural systems.

The Lawrence Arts Center

The mission of the Lawrence Arts Center is to create meaningful arts experiences with and for the community through education, exhibitions, and performances. LAC will be a venue and a curator for programming during Paper Plains.

The Watkins Museum of History

The Watkins Museum of History will feature an exhibit chronicling local literary clubs, host a historical authors’ panel, and coordinate a bus tour of Lawrence sites connected to famous authors like Langston Hughes and William S. Burroughs.

Spencer Museum of Art

Located on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, the Spencer Museum of Art is a vibrant cultural center that connects art and people. With a diverse collection of more than 45,000 works, the Spencer is the only museum in Kansas with contemporary and historic artwork in all mediums from cultures across six continents.

Unmistakably Lawrence

Lawrence is a city happy to be what it is:  a city doing things in its own way, with free thinkers not trying to be anyone else. Founded by pioneers driven to create a state where people of all races would be free, Lawrence has continually defined itself as an open, energetic and welcoming community. Quirky? Different? Unexpected? Yes! But more importantly, we invite you to define your own version of a city that offers an escape from the ordinary.

The City of Lawrence

Paper Plains is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission.

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