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:

training teachers

Training Teachers

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has been a leader in providing teachers with professional development workshops and seminars that are standards-based, hands-on, and led by top teaching artists. These range from:

  • Three-hour Professional Development workshops based on the work of national touring artists presented on our stages
  • Academies for Arts Integration
  • Special training workshops featuring national models and best practices, such as the ArtsLiteracy Project (Brown University)
training artists

Training Artists

The Kentucky Center has provided training workshops and seminars for Teaching Artists including:

  • Artist As Educator Seminar for professional artists in all art forms new to working in educational settings
  • Advanced training for Teaching Artists to work in health-care settings through our Arts in Healing Program
  • Advanced training in national models and best practices 
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.

Arts Academies

Kentucky Center Arts Academies

Since 2000, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has partnered with the Kentucky Department of Education and KET to provide top quality professional development in the Arts.  Over the years, we have presented five-day teacher Academies that focus on the arts (two art forms) or arts integration (with such subjects as World Languages, Social Studies, and Literacy).

Kentucky Center Academies