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May 10, 2017 4:45pm

INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT: Kentucky Center for the Arts

Founded 1980, building opened in 1983

As a state-owned building, the Center is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet; its Board of Directors is appointed by the Governor; and, the Kentucky Center is administered by private employees.

Describe what org does in two sentences:

We inspire, educate and entertain, building life-long relationships with the arts through artistic programming, education and outreach programs across the Commonwealth and cultural events.

Who do you serve?

The region, and the Commonwealth

One fact you may not know:

The Kentucky Center has offered educational programing to the community since it opened its doors. Our signature community arts and education programs including The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts, School Programs, Arts in Healing, and ArtsReach, impacted more than 25,000 people in 114 counties in 2016 alone.

What sets your business apart from others in the way you attract and retain talent:

Our compelling mission and our passionate staff.

The Center just hired a Senior Programming Manager from Sacramento, CA who has been working in the arts and culture industry across several markets. She has had her eye on how the Kentucky Center serves the community, and is proud to call Louisville her new home next month.

What do you like about being an investor in GLI?

Advancing our community’s creative culture and its economic impact.

How does your organization engage in the community?

From the Gheens Artist in Residence program taking dance companies and musicians into schools and community centers to providing professional development for educators across the Commonwealth, to partnering with organizations and events making an impact, such as WE Day and Southern Fried Poetry Slam, the Center keeps engagement at the center of its work each year.

Last year, Kentucky Center Arts in Healing partnered with 22 hospitals and organizations to bring creative experiences to more than 15,000 patients in our community. If you had an experience in a hospital last year, it is likely the Center had artists there each week to bring relief, joy, and healing to patients and their caregivers.

How can people engage with your organization?

Attend a Program, Volunteer, Donate, or simply contact us to learn more, info@kentuckycenter.org.