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Kentucky Performing Arts

Home to many of the city’s major arts organizations, Kentucky Performing Arts brings the finest in music, dance, theater and more to Kentucky!

We are the home for Louisville’s nationally-renowned arts scene, to the Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Stage One Family Theatre, and PNC Bank Broadway in Louisville, as well as a host of community theaters and our own Kentucky Performing Arts Presents performances. The three theaters of The Kentucky Center, along with the elegant W. L. Lyons Brown Theatre, and Old Forester's Paristown Hall, are Kentucky’s showcases for the performing arts. From Broadway to ballet, from blues to bluegrass, from big bands to indie bands, our stages overflow with magnificent entertainment almost every night of the year.

The Kentucky Center has four times been voted Kentucky’s best venue for music, theater and dance by the readers of Kentucky Monthly magazine. However, Kentucky Performing Arts is more than stages and theaters. It is the Governor’s School for the Arts at the University of Kentucky, offering three weeks of intensive training for hundreds of Kentucky’s finest high school artists every summer. Its education and outreach programs bring the arts to children and adults in dozens of community centers, healthcare facilities and schools in all of Kentucky’s educational regions. Through its programming and education outreach, Kentucky Performing Arts is able to bring the arts to virtually all of Kentucky’s 120 counties. And its access services ensure that everyone can experience the wonders of the performing arts without barriers or restrictions.

Mission Statement
The mission of Kentucky Performing Arts is to build lifelong relationships with the arts.

As an integral member of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage cabinet, KPA, along with the other agencies, seek to preserve and promote the history, heritage and arts of the Commonwealth. 

Our Values 

PASSIONATE – We are inspired by art and believe in sharing its power to change lives. 

COLLABORATIVE – We value relationships and partnerships that help us create something greater. 

INCLUSIVE – We make the arts accessible for all by reflecting and celebrating our diverse community.

INNOVATIVE and ADAPTIVE – Through the lens of new ideas, we leverage our collective experience to adapt to changing circumstances and cultivate a dynamic future for those we serve. 

STEWARDS – We care for treasured cultural assets, ensuring their vitality and legacy. 

The Compassionate Resolution
Kentucky Performing Arts has drafted and approved a resolution to uphold the Charter for Compassion, signifying our commitment to being a compassionate organization via such elements as empowerment, transparency, hospitality and abundance. To ensure this resolution has tangible outcomes at Kentucky Performing Arts, a staff committee has been formed (named “Centered on Compassion”) to identify the compassionate work Kentucky Performing Arts is already doing, to monitor the progress of our “compassionate” identity, and brainstorm/execute additional ways in which we can embrace the principles of this resolution.


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Kentucky Performing Arts was honored on Dec. 20, 2019 for our commitment to employee health and exceptional corporate health programming. Our organization received the top honor in the under 500 employees category in Louisville. Two other categories (500-5,000 employees and 5,000 + employees) awarded top prizes to LG&E/KU Energy and GE Appliances, respectively.

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