Kentucky Center ArtsReach Director recognized as KET American Graduates Champion

Julia Youngblood: American Graduates Champion

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The Kentucky Center is proud to partner with Kentucky Education Television (KET) and the Corporation of Public Broadcasting in their American Graduate program.  American Graduate Partners Corporation of Public Broadcasting are organizations across Kentucky working to keep young people engaged and in school and to reengage those who have dropped out. 

Julia Youngblood, director of The Kentucky Center’s ArtsReach program, has been recognized as an American Graduate Champions, for her commitment of time, skills, and resources to make sure that young people succeed. 

Established in 1991, ArtsReach empowers community centers to provide arts programming, nurtures and develops diverse artists and audiences, engages youth, and creates community through the arts. ArtsReach remains relevant and vital by implementing arts programming, during out-of-school time, where youth live and play. The program collaborates with community centers throughout Louisville to empower youth through studio arts instruction, special projects with community artists and residencies with national artists.

ArtsReach provides affordable tickets to performances and the opportunity for youth to perform on The Kentucky Center's professional stages during the ArtsReach Annual Performing Arts Showcase, Keepers of the Dream community arts celebration, monthly Open Mics, and other special events.

Through ArtsReach, students 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 our community.

To learn more about the statewide impact of The Kentucky Center’s Education and Community Arts programs, please visit our website.