A Legacy of Art
Here you can find out what we do, how we do it and who we serve, as well as meet the people behind all the work we do!
The mission of the Community Arts Center is to enrich our community by nurturing the arts, fostering creativity, and promoting education.
Local, regional, national and international artists are featured in our three galleries, whose content changes on a monthly or quarterly basis. Our most significant annual exhibit takes place during the first quarter of each year, engages the entire building and staff, and highlights the links between the arts and sciences. Prior annual exhibits explored topics as diverse as dinosaurs, trains and outer space.
In 2013, our "Wild West!" exhibit featured an interactive performance and demonstration about gold mining.
Classes, camps and lessons are available throughout the year to provide high-quality arts education close to home. Private and group music lessons on a variety of instruments, voice lessons, dance, painting and drawing classes are available for children and adults.
Our class offerings include beginning ballroom dance.
The Community Arts Center hosts a variety of reccuring events throughout the year, such as our monthly Lunch with the Arts series, bi-monthly Starry Night Studio Painting Classes, exhibiting artist receptions, juried art shows and seasonal and holiday events.
Our monthly Lunch with the Arts series allows the community to engage with local and national artists, like Kentucky's Poet Laureate Frank X Walker.
The Community Arts Center was originally constructed in 1909 as the United States Post Office and later became known as the Federal Building. After the Post Office moved in 1961, the building held military recruitment offices and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Pierce Lively's law offices.
In 2004, through the generous support of our community, the building was refurbished to its original beauty with the addition of modern amenities. It is now the home to all things arts in our community. The historical post office which once stored letters now has galleries, studios, and classrooms which allow for the teaching, practicing and viewing of the arts. In addition, the adaptive reuse of this landmark preserves our historic downtown and enhances our cultural heritage.In fact, the Community Arts Center is now part of Danville's rich and vibrant Arts District.
Original construction photographs and other memorabilia can be found in the Archive Room on the second floor of the Community Arts Center.
The Community Arts Center provides crucial arts programming to the people in our community who most need it.
Though much of this work goes on behind the scenes and away from the public eye, the Arts Center is continually reaching out to the elderly, those with low-income, and/or physical, mental and developmental disabilities. When we say we want to provide arts opportunities for every member of the community, we mean it!
The Arts Cart, often dubbed "Art with a Heart," is a program that takes arts activities to those with mental, physical and emotional disabilities, or those who are touched by poverty. We partner with service organizations like Pioneer Vocational Industrial Services and McDowell Place to identify those people most in need of valuable arts experiences regardless of their abilities.
The Arts Cart makes arts activities, such as painting, drawing and music-making, accessible to members of the community who otherwise might not have an opportunity to experience them. This program fosters creativity, develops artistic skills, promotes self-expression and improves self image.
Meet Our Staff and Board
Mary Beth Touchstone
Mary Beth works closely with our board to make sure that we know our mission, that we actively plan how to achieve that mission, and that our organization runs smoothly in all respects. Before coming to the Arts Center, Mary Beth was the Vice President of Technology Management at JP Morgan Chase.
Mary Beth's favorite thing about the Arts Center: I like being able to effect change so quickly and directly. When a person here has a great idea, we can implement it in as little as a week, directly affecting how people in our community experience art. It's a great feeling knowing that I was directly involved in exposing people to something that will change their lives forever.
Contact Mary Beth if you are redeeming a gift certificate, if you want to rent the Arts Center for your own event, or to book a private Starry Night Studio.
Lindsay coordinates instructors and manages educational programs and camps, designing classes for music, dance, drama and visual arts. She has a bachelor of arts in history from Miami University and a master of arts in public history from Wright State University. She has professional experience as a project assistant and research consultant at the Kentucky Historical Society and education director at the McDowell House Museum.
Lindsay's favorite thing about the Arts Center: A sense of belonging to your community can make life so much more meaningful and fun, regardless of your age or background. I love that the Arts Center reaches out into the local community and helps people feel connected to their city through art, music, dance and more. There truly is something for everyone here, whether you enjoy learning the cha-cha, pondering Shakespeare over coffee, painting with some great local artists, or even hanging out with an astronaut! The staff is energetic and creative and always looking for new ways to help improve Danville, and I'm excited to be a part of it.
Contact Lindsay if you want to teach a class, ask about an existing class, request a new class or book a field trip.
Chelsea is a social media junkie who manages all promotional activities like advertising, branding, the website, enewsletters, and public relations. She holds a bachelor's degree in arts administration from the University of Kentucky and is also a member of the Lexington Community Orchestra. Her past work experience includes box office management for the Woodford Theatre and marketing management for both the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and Kentucky Historical Society.
Chelsea's favorite thing about the Arts Center: I love that we get to experience art in all forms and all experience levels every day at the Community Arts Center! From the learning stages (at all ages!) in the classes, the works-in-progress from the artists in residence to the finished products on the walls. Our calendar is packed with dance and music lessons, drama classes and special events, and music often fills the building. Something different is always going on here!
Contact Chelsea if you have questions about the Arts Center's social media pages, want to sign up for an enewsletter, want to guest blog, if you're a member of the news media, or if you're interested in cross-promotion with the Arts Center.
Brandon was born an artist and a musician who joined the Arts Center in January 2007. He's in charge of scheduling and hanging exhibits, maintaining gallery spaces, developing content for the annual blockbuster exhibit, instructing Starry Night Studios sessions, leading Arts Cart outreach programs, creating innovative new programming for the Community Arts Center, and creating all of our graphic designs. Before working at the Arts Center, he was a merchandising coordinator at Joseph Beth Booksellers.
Brandon's favorite thing about the Arts Center: The reason I come to work every day is that we are providing a unique experience for artists young and old that simply didn't exist on a local level when I was growing up. My daughter, at five years old, is one of the most driven, creative young people I've ever been around and I can't help but think that the Arts Center is one of the main proponents of her enthusiasm. Sometimes people will tell her, "Jillian, you're going to be a great artists someday," and she replies, "I already AM an artist." That's when I know that at least one person has fully gotten our message and mission, and that makes it all worth it
Contact Brandon if you are an artist who wishes to exhibit at the Arts Center, if you have questions about the annual juried show "Horizon: Contemporary Landscape" or if you would like to book an Arts Cart visit to your area.
Visitor Services Coordinator
Nancy does a little bit of everything! You'll see her working the front desk, leading volunteer training, teaching classes, helping out in Lisi's Art Lab... just about anywhere, really. Nancy gathers valuable feedback from the community and visitors so that the Arts Center can provide the highest possible quality of exhibits, services and classes. Nancy is a retired teacher and former education coordinator for the Arts Center. She is an artist in her own right, working mainly with fabrics and hand-made felt, but she was also a juried potter in the Southern Highlands Guild and Pennsylvania Guild back in the 90's.
Nancy's favorite thing about the Arts Center: My favorite part of working here is the variety of exhibits, people, and activities I get to be part of. Never a dull day at the Arts Center!
Carrie is responsible for devising, implementing and executing all individual, corporate and foundation giving to the Arts Center. She is using her background in the arts and extensive fundraising experience to build a development program which will successfully meet the needs of the Arts Center and the community. Before coming to the Arts Center, Carrie worked as a Foundation Representative at the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation.
Carrie's favorite thing about the Arts Center: I love that the Community Arts Center is an organizational chameleon. It is fluid and flexible, and this ability to change and adapt enables the Arts Center to serve the artistic needs of everyone in our community no matter their age, background, or skill level. I am incredibly excited to be joining the Arts Center staff, to play a role in the growth of this great organization, and to see first hand what a difference the arts can make in people's lives.
Contact Carrie if you are interested in sponsoring an event, giving a cash or in-kind gift, or volunteering your time.
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Board of Directors
The Arts Center is served by a rotating set of board members selected from all different areas of the Danville community that devote their time, money and talents to fulfill the mission of the Arts Center.
|Mary Quinn Ramer||Matt Sirasky||Steve Hoffman||Paula Meckes|
Dr. Tom Baeker, Emeritus Board Member
Jo Ann Rice
Host an Event
Host your own Starry Night Studio
The Community Arts Center's popular Starry Night Studios are a "social painting experience" held several times a month in our Grand Hall.
If you can't make it to a scheduled Starry Night Studio or want to host one of your own, gather 10 friends and email Mary Beth to schedule it. Starry Night Studios are great for birthday parties, a girls' night out, staff retreats, client appreciation, or just because!
Host your next event at the Community Arts Center
The Community Arts Center offers a graceful and intimate for your next special event, and is conveniently located in downtown Danville. To make a reservation, download the rental contract, then call 859-236-4054 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Grand Hall is available to rent for private birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weddings, meetings, conferences and holiday events!
Rental of the Grand Hall includes the use of catering space, a large beverage counter and a reception table area, and can comfortably seat 90 guests at a formal dinner or 125 guests at a cocktail buffet with space for music and dancing.
For more informal occasions, Kids World on our lower level and the Farmers Bank Gallery and Lockhart Gallery upstairs can also be reserved.
We do not provide catering services or rental of tables, linens or dinnerware.
-$80/hour for the Grand Hall, including set-up and take-down time
-$30/hour for the upstairs galleries, including set-up and take-down time
-$50 one-time administrative fee
-$150 fee if serving alcohol
-$300 damage deposit
Note: We must receive 50% of the total rental price to formally reserve your date and time.
*Non-profits are eligible for discounted rental rates. Call 859-236-4054 for complete details.
Weisiger Park, the open area outside of the Danville Courthouse across the street from the Arts Center, is also available for use in conjunction with your event. This space has a small gazebo and is available nearly year-round. Call 859-236-4054 to find out more about this rental option.
Download our complete rental contract for more information.