Outreach Programs

The EKU Center for the Arts engages our community with outreach activities in several ways:  

STUDENT DISCOVERY MATINEES
During the 2014/15 season, more than 13,000 students and educators attended engaging matinee performances at the EKU Center. These programs are offered each season at discounted rates to schools across Central and Eastern Kentucky, and are often a student's first experience at a performing arts center. Resources are provided to teachers free of charge to further enhance the educational value of attending a performance.

BRINGING THE ARTS TO LIFE 
The EKU Center also brings world-class touring artists to area schools, college classrooms, and other locations throughout our community to provide unique learning opportunities. 

The past season saw Taylor 2, the repertory ensemble for the renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company, dedicate two full days to educational programming in the region. The dance company went to Clay and Laurel counties, where they held movement classes attended by over 400 students and teachers. Students from Madison County and Eastern Kentucky University also attended classes with Taylor 2 during their residency.

Master classes with a variety of artists engaged more 150 EKU students last season. The Kentucky Theater Association, a state organization for high school students, got a chance to work with the legendary sketch comedy troupe from Chicago, The Second City. And David Harrington, founder and artistic director of Kronos Quartet, held an intimate listening party at Purdy’s Coffee the night before his ensemble's performance. The event was free and open to the public.

PRE-SHOW ACTIVITIES
Many of our performances offer an extra value to patrons through pre-show activities. These special events can range from an expert guest lecturer to a local group performing pieces which tie into the evening's performance. Pre-show activities are an extra way the EKU Center enhances your special night out.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
With more than 77,000 people visiting in the 2015/16 season, the EKU Center worked to spotlight some of the amazing work being done by other non-profits in our region. Several performances this season will spotlight local non-profits to help them spread awareness of their causes.

For inquiries about our outreach programs, please contact us.