NORTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
600 W Walnut St
Danville KY 40422
Contact Information
Nonprofit NORTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Address 600 W Walnut St
Danville, KY 40422
Phone (859) 236-4692
Fax 859 238-5448
Contact Name Mandy Prather
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1819
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Ticket sales go a long way to support the performances that appear on our stages each season but, as with all non‐profit arts organizations, the Norton Center must rely upon the active involvement of our community to lend financial support. Tax-deductible gifts from donors allow the Norton Center to offer a diverse array of live, engaging performances, expand our professional programs for young audiences and provide workshops, lecture/demonstrations and residency programs with visiting artists as our service to cultural engagement and learning.

There are many ways to support the Norton Center:

Give a gift for the arts. Making charitable contributions is an art unto itself—a creative process that adapts to the changing needs and wishes of each individual donor. A financial contribution that is meaningful to you is, likewise, meaningful to us. Whether making a small general gift or underwriting a program, individual giving has great value.

Sponsor a program or performance. The Norton Center is well versed in helping businesses identify targeted sponsorship opportunities with meaningful benefits that address company needs. With branding, promotional and hospitality opportunities—the possibilities are endless.

Advertise with us. The Norton Center is grateful to the numerous companies who advertise in the CentreStage program distributed at each performance.

The Norton Center accepts checks, cash, phone donations, and sponsorships, gifts in trust, planned gifts, stocks, and in-kind gifts.

Financial Summary
 
 
Statements
Mission Statement

The mission of Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts is to transform lives through transformative experiences. The Norton Center presents performing arts programs that feature award-winning and international artists offering a broad spectrum of disciplines, and provides engagement activities through the development of relationships with the College’s academic programs and the regional community.

 
Background Statement
An enterprise within Centre College, the Norton Center spans nearly 85,000 square feet on five levels and includes an acoustically vibrant 1,470-seat concert hall, Newlin Hall; the versatile and intimate 367-seat thrust stage, Weisiger Theatre; and classrooms, rehearsal rooms and studios for instruction in music, dance and theatre. In addition to two annual performing arts series, Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts offers visual arts exhibitions and programs utilizing artwork from its permanent collection of two- and three-dimensional pieces, traveling exhibitions or curated installations specific to the space.

Designed by architect William Wesley Peters of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the Norton Center originally opened in 1973 as the Centre College Regional Arts Center. Within the 85,000 square foot complex are stunning performance and exhibition spaces as well as exceptional academic facilities for art, music, and drama. The Center's two theatres have drawn consistent praise from performers and audiences alike. The Norton Center for the Arts 1973 Opening Night Gala featured Verdi's "OTELLO." The first season featured the Krasnayarsk Dance Company of Siberia and the World premiere of the symphonic work "The City" by Rod McKuen. Since then the Center has helped make Danville a "powerhouse palace of culture" (Louisville Courier Journal).
 
The Center’s reach extends far beyond the campus and Danville (poplation 16,000), as each year more than 5,000 mostly rural elementary, middle, and high school students enjoy matinees of main stage performances at discounted rates. Centre College students and residents of the surrounding area also benefit from Norton Center activities by participating in lectures, seminars, master classes, and symposia surrounding various programs.

Leading the Norton Center is Executive Director Steven A. Hoffman, who joined the organization in June 2010. He planned his first full Norton Center season in fiscal year 2011-2012, which reflected a theme that asked the community to "reimagine." Prior to 2010, Hoffman served as President and CEO of the National Steinbeck Center in Monterey County, California, an international cultural institution with a mission focused on the life, works and philosophies of John Steinbeck. He served eleven years as the first CEO of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, in Sioux Falls, SD. There, he led the multi-disciplinary cultural institution's Kirby Science Discovery Center and Omnimax-type theater; seven gallery Visual Arts Center; and Husby Performing Arts Center with its 1900- and 300-seat theaters. Steve's recent professional accomplishments include co-chairing the 2009 and 2010 Association of Performing Arts Presenters' annual national conferences, serving on the California Association of Museums' board of directors and speaking at regional and national conferences. He is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Classical Connections Committee, the Young Performers Career Advancement Program (YPCA) selection panel and a classical artist mentor and special topics panelist for the yearly YPCA session held in New York City each January.
Impact Statement
The Norton Center continues to pursue more personal engagements that surpass expectations in order to deepen the experience of constituents and presenting artists, thus forming a long-term trust between the community and its patrons.

In addition to main stage performances representing various genres, the Center presents numerous student matinees, pre-show curated concerts, workshops, master classes, panel discussions, symposia or lectures with artists and open to the public.
 
Needs Statement
  • Performance Sponsorship: Each season, the Norton Center offers between 15 and 25 mainstage performances of high-quality touring artists. Performance sponsorship comes with many benefits including tickets, backstage access, company or personal profiles, and recognition in the Norton Center’s mainstage program, CentreStage, among others.

  • Norton Center A.C.T.S. Program Support: Norton Center A.C.T.S.(Arts for the Classroom Ticket Subsidy) makes available a number of free or deeply discounted tickets, based on qualifying criteria, to public schools in Kentucky to provide access for students to attend and engage in high quality and professional performing arts programs presented on our stages. Norton Center A.C.T.S. helps to maximize attendance and provide access to these crucial life-enhancing experiences for Kentucky youth by greatly reducing financial barriers.

  • General Operating Support: The Norton Center relies on unrestricted gifts to ensure that it's community collaborations and outreach programs remain intact each season.  Programs impacted by these funds include artist talk-backs, panel discussions, master classes, and lecture/demonstrations, to name a few.  The majority of these programs are offered free of charge or at extremely low cost to patrons each season and are open the public to enjoy year round.  
CEO/Executive Director Statement With the 2014-2015 lineup, the Norton Center continued to present top artists from around the globe. From award winners, celebrities, and virtuosic performers to innovators and Broadway’s best, our aim is to ensure that the programmatic variety on our stages is always as strong as the artistic quality.

All live performing arts venues have three things in common: an area where people perform, an area where people watch and the space surrounding the two. But your experience at the Norton Center is different because we make every effort to bring you as close to the stage as possible! How do we do it?

Our theaters are intimate spaces. With only about 1,470 seats in Newlin Hall and 370 seats in Weisiger Theatre, world-class artistry is literally at your fingertips. The acoustics in both theatres (with much thanks to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s incredible architecture) consistently provide clear sound, whether acoustic or amplified, spoken word or music. Newlin Hall’s Orchestra level only has nine rows, making it and much of the Grand Tier balcony feel like front row seats. With the Weisiger Theatre’s structural design, its eight rows wrap around three quarters of the performance space and audience members are practically on stage with the artists.
 
Our artists interact with the campus and community. The Norton Center makes every effort to encourage visiting artists to participate in engagement activities like post-show talk-backs, lecture/demonstrations, workshops and masterclasses, panel discussion with Centre faculty and community leaders, and mini-performances at venues outside of the Norton Center like the Boyle County Public Library or McDowell Place Senior Center.
 
From the front row to the last, our hope is that these uniquely Norton Center features result in a stronger and more memorable performance experience. We hope to see you at many of this season’s Norton Center performances!
 
 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
International
National
Kentucky
Boyle County
Jessamine County
Madison County
Mercer County
Pulaski County
Rockcastle County
Fayette County
Garrard County
Lincoln County
Washington County
Board Chair
Board Chair Randal B. Kell
Company Affiliation The Mark Winkler Company
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Thomas Baeker Commonwealth Cancer Center
John Barton Central Baptist Hospital
William Bowmer Barclays Bank
William Breeze Centre College
Anita Britton Britton Osborne Johnson, PLLC
Sheila Burks OFS Fitel, LLC
Rutheford Campbell University of Kentucky
Greg Caudill Farmers National Bank
Paul Chellgren Snow Phipps Group, LLC
S. Dabney Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs
Gordon Davidson Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
Joanne Duncan Inez Deposit Bank
Robert Elliott Elliott, Houlihan & Skidmore, LLP
Barbara Emler Retired
James Evans Retired
Richard Frymire Frymire, Evans, Peyton, Teague & Cartwright
Mary Griffith Retired
J. Grissom Mayfair Capital
G. Humphrey GWH Holdings, Inc.
Lea Johnson Moore and Van Allen
Randal Kell The Mark Winkler Company
Elizabeth Kennan Retired
John Landrum Retired
Pierce Lively Retired
Crit Luallen Retired
Charles Luellen Retired
Kenneth Mardick M3 Resources USA, LLC
Daryll Martin Percipient Resources, Inc.
Angie McDonald-Hackett Community Foundation of Louisville
Thomas Meeker Retired
Henry Meigs Retired
John Newman Sidley Austin LLP
Mark Nunnelly Bain Capital
Joseph Patterson Retired
Peggy Patterson Retired
Lillian Press Retired
George Privett Lexington Diagnostic Center
James Ratcliffe Retired
Eddy Roberts Retired
Nelson Rodes Retired
James Rogers The Packers of Indian River, Inc.
James Rouse Rouse & Rouse
James Seabury Enterprise Electric, LLC
James Smith Consultant
Jane Stevenson Retired
Margaret Stroup Retired
Kevin Taylor City Securities Corporation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 44
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 34
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 6
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 76%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Comments
CEO Comments The Norton Center is a branch of Centre College in Kentucky and does not maintain an individual board separate from the College’s full Board of Trustees. Currently, plans are underway to develop a Norton Center Friends Circle: a group comprised of business and community leaders who are committed to enhancing the quality of life in our region through the arts and positioning the Norton Center as one of the premier performing arts centers in our state. Additionally, the group would assist with fundraising, volunteering, and planning group events.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Steve A. Hoffman
Term Start July 2010
Email steve.hoffman@centre.edu
Experience Steve became Executive Director of the Norton Center in July 2010. Before that, he served as President and CEO of the National Steinbeck Center in Monterey County, California, an international cultural institution with a mission focused on the life, works and philosophies of John Steinbeck. Prior to that, Hoffman spent eleven years as the founding CEO of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, in Sioux Falls, SD. There, he led the multi-disciplinary cultural institution’s Kirby Science Discovery Center and Omnimax-type theater; seven gallery Visual Arts Center; and Husby Performing Arts Center with its 1900- and 300-seat theaters. Steve’s recent professional accomplishments include co-chairing the 2009 and 2010 Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ annual national conferences, serving on the California Association of Museums’ board of directors, APAP’s Classical Connections committee and its Young Performers Career Advancement program, and speaking at regional and national conferences. Regionally, Steve is an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky and has recently served as a grant reviewer for the Kentucky Arts Council and Midatlantic Arts Foundation. Locally, he currently serves on boards or committees for the Community Arts Center, Heart of Danville and Heart of Kentucky United Way.
Staff
Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 150
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 88%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs and Gift Planning
Experience/Biography
Jamey Leahey, instructor of government, serves Centre in several capacities, including supervising Norton Center operations. His primary roles are as the College’s in-house attorney and as the director of the estate and planned giving programs with the development office. In the additional role of pre-law advisor, he works with students contemplating and preparing for law school and legal careers. During the CentreTerms, he teaches classes related to law, jurisprudence, and the judicial system.
Prior to joining Centre in 1997, Jamey practiced law in Owensboro, Kentucky. His practice there was concentrated in business, regulatory, and litigation matters, particularly through the representation of western Kentucky’s main electric power generation and transmission utility. Immediately before coming to Centre, Jamey obtained for his electric utility client a favorable judgment in a service-rights territory dispute with more than $40 million of the client’s revenue at stake. Jamey also served as a guardian ad litem for neglected and abused children in cases before the Juvenile Court.
Jamey is an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the National Committee on Planned Giving, and the Kentucky Planned Giving Council. He has also served on the board of editors of the Journal of College and University Law.
After obtaining his B.A. in government from Centre College, he went on to earn his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, where he was managing editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal.
Title Director of Marketing & Development
Experience/Biography Mandy Prather began her position at the Norton Center in June 2011 after living and working for over six years in Washington, D.C. Her career in arts administration began in marketing at Arena Stage and continued in the office of Corporate & Foundation Relations at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Most recently she held the position of Director of Corporate Giving at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, where she was responsible for raising over $1.2 million annually. Originally from South Carolina, she holds a B.A. in English from Clemson University. Mandy has served as a volunteer with Somerset’s Master Musicians Festival and as a grant reviewer for the Kentucky Arts Council. Currently, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council. In 2012 she was selected as a participant in the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Emerging Leaders Institute. 
Title Technical Director
Experience/Biography
Mark is responsible for the technical needs, including lighting, sets, sound, props and costumes, of every performance. Many touring productions bring everything they need for their performance at the Norton Center, some send ahead lighting and set diagrams to be executed with Norton Center materials and some depend on the Norton Center to design these elements completely. De Araujo uses a crew of students for much of the setup and running of each show, providing an educational opportunity for them to gain professional experience in technical areas of the arts. De Araujo holds a B.F.A. from the University of Florida and an M.A. from Indiana University. He has designed and done tech work for the Brown County Playhouse, the Hippodrome Theatre, and Raintree Harvest dance troop. He worked as Assistant Technical Director for the Theatre Department at Indiana University before joining the Norton Center and the Centre Faculty in 1979.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description
The Norton Center for the Arts is home to Centre College’s annual Norton Center performing arts season of professional touring presentations. It is also the primary venue on campus for music and theatrical productions, lectures and other convocations and live student entertainment. The Norton Center for the Arts is an internationally recognized performing arts center with state of the art facilities. The Center hosts a world-class performing arts series and serves as a focal point for the College’s academic programs in dramatic arts and music. Centre College is often the place where important debates and political forums occur. In 2000 and 2012, the College was the home of the vice-presidental debate.
  
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Presenting
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Description
The goal of the Norton Center’s Student Matinee Series is to provide teachers and students with a performing arts journey into global cultures and history, while supplying educators with curriculum guides specifically created for the performance or program that meet national and state standards for lessons in Music, Arts-Humanities, History and/or Social Studies – responding to the decrease in classroom focus on these subject areas. Because we know and appreciate how important it is to plan and identify field trips as educational experiences, we provide curriculum connections and activities related to these shows.
  
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), At-Risk Populations, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Description
The Norton Center continues to pursue more personal engagements that surpass expectations in order to deepen the experience of constituents and presenting artists, thus forming a long-term trust between the community and its patrons. 

New outreach programs are developed each season with the new line-up of visiting artists and community interest. 

In addition to main stage performances representing various genres, the Center presents numerous student matinees, pre-show curated concerts, workshops, master classes, panel discussions, symposia or lectures with artists and open to the public. A few examples of these successfully implemented activities, which were open to the public, include:
- A residency with Bale Folclorico Da Bahia which included capoeira demonstrations, a drumming circle, a student matinee, and a panel discussion on Brazilian culture and politics.
- A partnership with Heritage Hospice which honored local veterans during a pinning ceremony before the performance of “Beyond Glory,” as well as a panel discussion which brought together a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of PTSD in veterans, a former Marine who fought in the 2004 Battle of Fallujah, and a Professor from a local University whose work explores the political and cultural economics of converting the rural “citizen” into the “soldier.”
- A panel discussion led by Centre College African & Latin American and Religion Studies faculty with members of the Sphinx Virtuosi entitled “How Color Blind is Classical Music?,” as well as an Instrument Petting Zoo and mini performance at the Boyle County Public Library and lec-dem at a juvenile detention center.
  
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, K-12 (5-19 years), Adults
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2015
Projected Revenue $1,694,617.00
Projected Expenses $1,625,640.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Revenue$1,523,823$1,454,677$1,383,322
Total Expenses$1,558,149$1,549,268$1,450,315
Revenue Less Expenses($34,326)($94,591)($66,993)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$112,138$101,914$96,737
Government Contributions$0$17,100$0
Federal--$7,100--
State--$10,000--
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$4,100$3,200$3,000
------
$411,842$438,059--
Investment Income, Net of Losses$380,743$363,649$357,064
Membership Dues------
Special Events$10,000$14,755$24,721
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$605,000$516,000$491,000
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$882,267$825,683$758,067
Administration Expense$661,980$709,896$679,594
Fundraising Expense$13,542$13,896$12,654
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.940.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses57%53%52%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%10%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets------
Current Assets--$597,705--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$600,500--$580,497
Total Net Assets------
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Centre College has officially launched a $200 million capital campaign in support of student scholarships and financial aid, faculty and academic programs, capital improvement funds, and annual support. The Third Century Campaign, announced publicly for the first time at Centre’s annual Associates Dinner in Louisville on January 30, 2015, aims to prepare the College for a third century of service and will conclude in January 2019 during Centre’s bicentennial.
Dates Jan 2015 to Jan 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments The Norton Center for the Arts is under the charitable umbrella of Centre College of Kentucky. 990s posted on this portrait belong to Centre College. However, all financial and other information shown on this portrait pertains to Norton Center for the Arts only.
Address 600 W Walnut St
Danville, KY 40422
Primary Phone 859 236-4692
Contact Email mandy.prather@centre.edu
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Steve A. Hoffman
Board Chair Randal B. Kell
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Mark Winkler Company