Kentucky Center for the Arts




For 26 years, ArtsReach has collaborated with community centers and organizations throughout Louisville Metro to weave the thread of the arts into the fabric of our neighborhoods and enhance the landscape of community arts. Since 1991, ArtsReach has empowered youth in community settings through studio arts instruction in dance, violin, and visual art, residencies with renowned artists, affordable tickets to performances, and the opportunity to perform on the Kentucky Center’s professional stages.


Keepers of the Dream, a Community Art Celebration of Dr. Kings' Vision, has become an annual January tradition at The Kentucky Center. ArtsReach produces Keepers of the Dream in collaboration with River City Drum Corp and Louisville Metro Government. The celebration features inspirational and thought provoking performances by ArtsReach Studio students, River City Drum Corp and numerous community artists, as well as the presentation of the Mayor's Freedom Award.

ArtsReach is dedicated to providing professional development and network opportunities for community center staff. In addition to quarterly meetings, ArtsReach offers an Institute through which community center staff immerse themselves in hands-on art workshops, learn about raising funds for the arts and how to design and implement art programs.


ArtsReach Studio provides ongoing arts instruction with professional artists in Suzuki violin, percussion, visual art and dance. Students receive an average of three hours of instruction per week and participate in special residency workshops with guest artists. Participants learn new skills, expand their horizons and develop a sense of self, well-being and belonging. As the individual is empowered, the arts simultaneously build and strengthen the community. Dance, percussion, and violin students perform in the annual Keepers of the Dream & ArtsReach Showcase. Weekly dance, percussion, and violin studio classes take place at Louisville Central Community Center, Metro Parks Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center, Metro Parks Newburg Community Center, WESTEC and The West End School. For more information about studio class enrollment call (502) 566-5254. 

The ArtsReach supported California Neighborhood Jewelry Making Studio is a drop in studio for all ages. Artist in residence Gwendolyn Kelly, and other studio regulars, will assist newcomers. New Directions Housing Brandeis Learning Center, Friday 3-7PM, 925 S 26th Street (Enter on Date Street, ring bell near door to Office) 

The Kentucky Center’s KCard gives ArtsReach Studio students and participating ArtsReach community centers the chance to experience some of the world’s finest in performing arts for just $3 per ticket. Nurturing and developing new and young audiences is an important step toward creating a sustainable arts environment in our community.


Arts Reach Far Reaching provides on-going weekly arts instruction, art supplies, and subsidized tickets to teens with autism and youth living in residential treatment facilities. The project is funded by the WHAS Crusade for Children and partners with Dreams with Wings, Alternative Placement Services, YMCA Safe Place Services, St. Josephs Children Home, Uspiritus, and Maryhurst.

For more information about ArtsReach, please email Julia Youngblood or call at (502) 566-5254.


ArtsReach, a program of The Kentucky Center, is made possible with support from Louisville Metro Government, The Norton Foundation, WHAS Crusade for Children, Dizzy Feet Foundation, Neighborhood Development Funds from Metro Council Districts 1, 3, 4, & 6, RLR Foundation, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Mark Edwards Violins, D’Addario Music Foundation, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Ernst & Young and The Kentucky Center Endowment Fund with additional support provided by Brown-Forman, Yum! Brands, Inc. and other private donors.