Center’s founders recognized during special event
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 26, 2014) — Nearly 200 guests on Monday night attended a 30th anniversary celebration at the Kentucky Center for the Arts that recognized the center’s founders and included a viewing of a special documentary about the facility.
The popular arts facility has played a major role in providing world-class entertainment to patrons from Kentucky, Southern Indiana and neighboring states, firmly solidifying the state’s reputation as a major national arts hub, while also enhancing the state’s profile through a robust arts education and outreach effort.
The Kentucky Center opened Nov. 19, 1983 to public fanfare, complete with Hollywood royalty and an evening that set in motion the promise of becoming the epicenter for the arts in Kentucky.
In addition to offering musical, theatrical and dance performances on its three stages within the center itself, as well as at the Brown Theatre (a separate facility managed by The Kentucky Center), the Kentucky Center’s arts education program reaches far across the state, with programs like ArtsReach and the Governor’s School for the Arts.
The Kentucky Center for the Arts also introduced Arts in Healing to the area, infusing the arts into medical and healthcare facilities to assist patients in the recovery process. Integrating the arts into the healthcare realm is relatively new, but very well documented and effective, and The Kentucky Center has been a leader in advancing its appeal throughout the region. The Kentucky Center also has been a longtime provider of school programs since 1983, training 21,500 educators through multiple initiatives to actively integrate the arts with social studies, world languages and literacy.
“The Kentucky Center has helped create an arts culture here that plays a crucial role in our community, economy and overall way of life,” said Madeline Abramson, chairman of the Kentucky Center board of directors. “Our community and our state have benefitted in so many ways by the contributions made by this incredible facility and organization.”