Outreach Programs

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

During the 2016-17 season, several thousand 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.

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. 

In past seasons, Taylor 2, the repertory ensemble for the renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company, dedicated 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 have engaged hundreds EKU students. 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.

Many EKU Center 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.

For inquiries about our outreach programs, please contact us.