The exhibits, classes, and outreach activities of the Community Arts Center are made possible by community support. Your donation - whether of time or treasure - unleashes art into our community.
The Community Arts Center nurtures your soul. Exhibits presented by the Arts Center feature exemplary pieces created by gifted, innovative, and inspired artists from around the globe. These works serve to engage the mind and awaken the spirit. The Arts Center’s rotating exhibits highlight the best of our local and regional artists.
Community Arts Center fosters your creativity. Educational offerings at the Arts Center unleash the artist in all of us. Whether you are working to hone your artistic skills or expressing yourself through art for the very first time, the Arts Center is a safe place to let your creativity soar.
The Community Arts Center enriches your community. The arts reach beyond experiencing or creating something beautiful. A thriving arts scene can lead to improved early learning, higher educational achievement, increased teacher and parent engagement, enlivened elderly, better citizens, and enhanced business performance. In short, the Arts Center helps make it better here.
Since its construction in 1909, the Community Arts Center facility has housed the United States Postal Service, military recruitment and federal law offices. In 2004, the dilapidated building was completely renovated through extensive community involvement and support. Since the grand reopening in January 2005, the Community Arts Center has served as a hub for community engagement and cultural and artistic programs. The Arts Center’s activities highlight and nurture the artistic skill that exists within our community, while also showcasing artists from throughout the state and beyond. Exhibits, classes, and performances include many artistic mediums and genres, and expose the community to a variety of artistic outlets and experiences in the visual arts, music, theatre, and dance.
In the past year, the Arts Center boasted a wide range of accomplishments which illustrated its impact on the community it serves.
In late 2013, the Community Arts Center was one of 108 central Kentucky nonprofits in the GoodGiving Guide Challenge, an online-only campaign which featured several matching grants and opportunities to engage young donors. From November 1 through December 31, 114 donors made 129 contributions which raised $14,485 in support of Arts Center programs.
The Community Arts Center primarily serves Danville/BoyleCounty. It also draws a significant number of arts instructors, participants, audiences and students from a large portion of central Kentucky - Anderson, Casey, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, Mercer, Rockcastle, Taylor, and Washington counties.
Since undergoing board training in 2009, the Arts Center has made a purposeful effort in recruiting and engaging new board members thatreflect the composition of the Danville community and have a passion for the mission of the organization. The Arts Center will continue its efforts to increase board, volunteer, and programming diversity to ensure engagement with the diverse populations of central Kentucky and accessibility of our offerings to the community.
Long is a practicing fine artist in a wide range of media including (but not limited to) photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, assemblage, mixed-media, and digital arts. He has served as a scenery artist- painting signage, murals, scenery, and building set pieces for West T. Hill Community Theatre (Danville, KY) since 1995. During college, Long painted murals for clients in private residences as well as the Red Cross (Danville, KY).
In 2012, Long led the Community Arts Center’s first “temporary” mural project, painting 23 windows of an empty façade on Main Street to celebrate Danville’s location as the site of the Vice-Presidential debate. The mural received overwhelming positive community support, earned a community award for “Best Visual Display” from the Heart of Danville, and a photograph of the mural was featured in the Chicago-Sun Times.
Brandon served as the 2013 official artist for the Great American Brass Band Festival, designing posters, t-shirts, and lapel pins for the annual event. In conjunction with the festival, Long and the Community Arts Center created the second temporary mural on Main Street featuring brass musicians. Photographs of the mural in progress were picked up by the Associated Press for national distribution.
The Community Arts Center presents rotating exhibits that fill its three gallery spaces year-round. Several annual exhibits anchor the exhibition calendar, including:
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