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

Since 2000, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has offered Arts Academies and Arts Integration Academies to Kentucky public school teachers throughout the Commonwealth in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education. What makes our PD’s different?

  • Active learning
  • Process-based
  • Standards-aligned in tangible ways
  • Practical – real world application
  • Stipends
This summer The Kentucky Center is proud to present two Academies:

Academy for Arts Assessment & Technology, presented in partnership with and hosted by Kentucky Educational Television (KET) in Lexington on June 24-28 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM each day. Click here for further information and the application form.

Academy 2.0 for Integration of the Arts and Literacy  -  this reinvented Academy will pilot a hybrid model that includes online modules and one-day arts-literacy integration workshops, offered in two sites: Elizabethtown on June 17 and Danville on June 19. Click here for further information and the application form.

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.