School Programs

Since opening its doors in 1983, The Kentucky Center’s School Programs have made a profound impact throughout our state on teaching and learning about the arts and connecting the arts across the curriculum. The Kentucky Center’s School Programs build bridges of access and understanding to the arts in several ways:

Kentucky Center Arts Academies

Kentucky Center Arts Academies

The Kentucky Center Arts Academies and Arts Integration Academies provide hands-on, artist-led professional development for teachers.  Kentucky public school teachers attending Academies also receive stipends or PD credit (as their districts permit). Three Academies are being planned for this summer:

Arts Integration Academy: Arts, Spanish Language, Cultural Studies.  June 17-19 in Danville
Arts Assessment & Videography Academy: Hosted by and in partnership with Kentucky Educational Television (KET), this Academy will provide tools needed for assessing student work with artist criteria and put all the art forms together in a culminating video project.  June 24-28 in Lexington.
Arts & Trauma-Informed Education: Open to teachers, FRYSC staff, and school Counselors, this Academy will explore ways in which the arts can help create safe and supportive classroom and school cultures, and how the arts and art educators can work more effectively with trained mental health professionals in helping to support the needs of students struggling with the effects of trauma in their lives. Preference will be given to teachers who participated in Academies in 2017 (Leadership and the Arts) and 2018 (Arts and Wellness), and additional participants will be selected from the applicants.  July 9-12 in Hazard. 

Dates and Academy offerings subject to change.  Applications will be posted on this web-page on March 27th. Request an email to receive announcement when the applications have been posted.

Artist in Schools

Artist in Schools

The Kentucky Center reaches beyond our stages into the community through the Gheens Great Expectations Program. Through this program nationally and internationally renowned artists and performing arts groups engage with a broader audience including schools, community centers, and health care facilities. Last year, The Kentucky Center presented residency events for such artists as: Jinjoo Cho and Tessa Lark (Gold and Silver Medalists in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis), Jazz from Lincoln Center, percussionist Don Parker, Trio Caesura, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, reaching over 6,000 people in performances and workshops large and small.