521 Lancaster Avenue
RICHMOND KY 40475-3100
Contact Information
Address 521 Lancaster Avenue
RICHMOND , KY 40475 3100
Phone (859) 622-7469
Fax 859 622-7299
Contact Name Bethany Davenport
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1988
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Make checks payable to the EKU Foundation with the designation of EKU Center for the Arts in the memo line. 

Checks can be mailed to:
521 Lancaster Ave.
Richmond, KY 40475 
To make a gift by phone call 859.622.7474 
To receive information about volunteer opportunities, email bethany.davenport@eku.edu 
If you or your business is interested in sponsoring a show, making a trade, advertising in the playbill, or donating an item to our silent auction please email bethany.davenport@eku.edu. 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

The EKU Center for the Arts is the destination for diverse, interactive, and cultural experiences in Kentucky. Through presentation of premier artistic productions, community outreach, pre-show activities, and education programs, the EKU Center challenges assumptions, inspires meaningful dialogue, spurs reflection, and fosters appreciation for the arts in our patrons.

Background Statement The EKU Center for the Arts opened in September, 2011 for its inaugural season. The EKU Center for the Arts was established as a joint effort from Eastern Kentucky University, Madison County, the City of Richmond, and the City of Berea. The Community Operations Board is filled with appointed individuals from these four entities.
Impact Statement

In the past year, the EKU Center for the Arts has provided engaging arts education opportunities to thousands of local school children, brought artists out into the community to interact with hundreds of community members, and provided over a dozen pre-show opportunities.

This year the EKU is striving to grow the reach that our educational and community outreach activities have. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Arts make a difference. The EKU Center for the Arts itself exists thanks to a unique collaboration between the university, Madison County, and the cities of Richmond and Berea. The Center has made a major difference when it comes to the quality of life for the people who live here. In addition to world class entertainment, the Center presents wide-ranging programs to bring a wide variety of performing arts experiences to central and eastern Kentucky. Affordability and access are important. Events generally offer price points to allow anyone an opportunity to attend events. The Center also works with social service organizations to offer free or deeply discounted tickets to selected events to break down those barriers even more. 
Our focus on education and outreach also sets us apart. This past year the EKU Center engaged over 13,000 children in our school matinee programs. Ticket prices for those events were dropped this year in order to make the shows more accessible to everyone. We also bring the arts into the community with our artists presenting outreach programs for schools, educational and community organizations as far away as Clay and Laurel Counties. Pre-show lectures happen at many of our events and master classes are regularly offered for college performing arts students. We also give students a place to perform. EKU performing arts departments and Madison County Schools are invited to use our stages for their events at cost, with no rental rates assessed, giving young musicians an opportunity to perform in a first class venue, sparking their dreams and ambitions in the arts.
The EKU Center also plays a major role for tourism and economic development. This past year our patrons came from 35 different states and 375 Kentucky communities, contributing over $4 million to the local economy.
Supporting the EKU Center for the Arts makes all of these programs happen. Dollars received are turned around to make more outreach programs available, keep ticket prices low, and bring more benefits to this region.
The EKU Center for the Arts is remarkable. It's a world-class theater that is big, grand, and full of possibility. But it's the heart of what we do, the way we engage and nurture our community that makes us special. 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Universities
Geographic Areas Served
Eastern Kentucky 
Central Kentucky  
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Harry Moberly
Company Affiliation Kentucky House of Representatives
Term July 2011 to June 2015
Board Members
Mrs. Estelle Bayer RetiredVoting
Mr. George Begley Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Laurie Carter Eastern Kentucky UniversityVoting
Mr. Shannon Combs Combs & Parsons Funeral HomeVoting
Dr. Skip Daughtery RetiredVoting
Dr. Malcolm Frisbie Eastern Kentucky UniversityVoting
Mr. Ernest House Eastern Kentucky UniversityVoting
Mr. Howard Miller Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Jerry Pogatshnik Eastern Kentucky UniversityVoting
Mrs. Laurie Roelofs Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Virginia Rollins Chestnut Tree GalleryVoting
Mr. Marcus Whitt Eastern Kentucky UniversityVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 72%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 67%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Joel Michael Aalberts
Term Start July 2014
Email joel.aalberts@eku.edu
Experience Joel Aalberts has over 20 years of experience in arts administration, working in executive management, event planning, marketing and communications management. Aalberts formerly served as performing arts director of the Bloomington (Ill.) Center for the Performing Arts from 2009-2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa in 1992, and was recognized by the Bloomington Pantagraph in 2008 as a “20 Under 40” honoree, recognizing those under the age of 40 who made a difference in the community, achieved significant career accomplishments, and showed a likelihood of future success.
Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 38
Volunteers 20
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 63%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 45
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 31
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Director of Business Operations
Title Technical Director
Description Our 2015-16 presenting season will be announced May 28th. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served , ,

Our school matinee series are offered at a discounted rate that serve Central and Eastern Kentucky school children. These performances are often students first or only experience of a theater production. The productions are also paired with additional education resources for the teachers.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), K-12 (5-19 years),

It is our goal to bring our world class performers out into the community to provide unique educational experiences.

When Taylor 2 came the EKU Center, the group went to Clay and Laurel counties. The movement classes that they held involved over 400 students and teachers.

Gifted and talented students from Madison County and the Freshmen Academy at EKU have also attended classes with presenting performers.

The Kentucky Theater Association for high schools students had the opportunity to work with Second City, the famous improve group from Chicago.

Master Classes with have involved about 150 EKU Students.

Population Served , ,

A number of our shows throughout the season offer an extra value to our patrons through pre-show performances. These can feature lectures from EKU professors about the night’s program to local groups performing pieces that tie into the night. These are an extra way that the Center is able to expand the educational value of the night.

Population Served , ,

As a strong community venue that brings in over 80,000 people a year, we hope to put a spotlight on the amazing work that other non-profits are doing in our region. A number of the performances this year will spotlight a local non-profit to help spread awareness of their cause.

Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2015
Projected Revenue $1,851,026.00
Projected Expenses $1,851,026.00
Detailed Financials
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
Government Contributions$1,217,749$670,082$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$2,262,389$2,035,262--
Administration Expense$581,102$568,975--
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.00--
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%78%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets------
Current Assets------
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets------
Form 990s
2014 990 2014
2013 990 2013
2012 990 2012
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments EKU Center for the Arts is under the umbrella of the Eastern Kentucky University Foundation. 990s belong to the EKU Foundation, but all other financials apply specifically to the EKU Center for the Arts.The EKU Center for the Arts opened September 2011, so only has two full years of financials. Assets belong to EKU.
Address 521 Lancaster Avenue
RICHMOND , KY 404753100
Primary Phone 859 622-7469
CEO/Executive Director Joel Michael Aalberts
Board Chair Mr. Harry Moberly
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kentucky House of Representatives