Now at the Arts Center
There is always something going on at the Arts Center, whether it's our regularly-occuring, seasonal, or special events. Browse the tabs below to find out more about what's going on now!
Lunch with the Arts
Arts a la Carte!
Lunch with the Arts hosts a diverse offering of artists who share their craft from noon-1 pm the third Wednesday of each month, giving us a mid-month, mid-day break we all deserve. Register by 6 pm on the Monday before each presentation to reserve lunch for $10, or join us brown-bag-style with your own and pay just $5 at the door.
Click any of the artist photos below to reserve your lunch!
LaVon Williams and Woodcarving
LaVon William's work is expressive and evocative, conveying movement, sensuality, and vitality all at once. Get a glimpse at some of his work and learn how he crafts such expressive pieces.
Thursday, July 11
Kieran Cunningham: Northern Irish Singer and Actor
Let out your inner Irishman (or woman!) at this special Lunch with the Arts, held in conjunction with Danville's first ever Irish Festival. Kieran Cunningham is visiting Danville as a guest artist at Pioneer Playhouse, where he is starring in Elizabeth Orndorff's original comedy, The Search for Tinker Doyle, which was inspired by her artist exchange to Danville's Sister City of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. Aside from being in Liz's play, this Northern Irish native has acted in TV shows such as Coronation Street and Game of Thrones, and will be performing Irish music and speaking on his experiences as an actor. Join us to meet a talented and interesting Northern Irish actor and singer!
The Overtones Barbershop Quartet
Barbershop quartets are a mainstay of American music, and we'll be hearing from some of the best. Tickle your taste buds and your ears with the Overtones!
Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker
Meet Danville native and Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker at this month's presentation! Mr. Walker is associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky and editor of PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture. Join us to hear him read from his newly released collection Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers.
Starry Night Studio
Find Your Inner Artist!
Starry Night Studio takes you step-by-step through the process of creating your very own masterpiece. Great for family groups, friends out for a night, or companies looking for a unique bonding experience for employees. Call us to find out how you can schedule your own private Starry Night Studio!
All Starry Night Studio classes are from 7:00 - 9:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
Click any of the paintings below to register for a Starry Night Studio class!
Van Gogh's Starry Night
7-10 pm (This is a 3 hour class!)
Who says everyone can't have their own Van Gogh? Join us and capture the starry swirls of this world-famous painting all in one sitting!
Back by popular demand, our wild mustang - we call her Sally! Plan an evening of horsing around with your best friends and favorite snacks.
Starry Night Studio Gallery
Below are some of the paintings we've made at previous Starry Night Studios. See one you like? Send us an email and have your own private Starry Night Studio so you and your friends or family can create it! If you don't see anything you like, you can always ask us to do a custom painting for you, too.
This is perfect for bridesmaids'
parties, where ladies can paint
their dress the wedding colors,
and the bride can paint hers white!
Ballroom DancesMonthly Ballroom Dances
Lesson: 8 pm
Open Dance: 9 pm
Instructor: Wesley Bratcher
Cost: first timers are free, regulars pay $5
Join us every month for a chance to learn something new and try it out on the dance floor! Our resident ballroom instructor, Wesley Bratcher, will be teaching the basics of Swing, Salsa, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Waltz, and more at each of our monthly dances. Arrive at 8 pm if you want a few pointers, or stop by at 9 pm to get straight to dancing. Questions? Click here.
Typically open January and February of each year. These exhibits span all three stories of our building and explore the connections between the arts and sciences. Past exhibits include Dinosaurs: the Big Picture, All Aboard! All about Trains, Space: Imagine That! and Wild West. These exhibits are a favorite with local school groups and families. Schools can now apply for funding to get to the Arts Center to see these exhibits, thanks to the TranspARTation Grants from the Kentucky Arts Council! Find out more here.
Youth Arts Fair
Showcases work that students in grades K-8 have created in school.
Wagons and Wheels Contest and Parade
Each summer, the Arts Center presents an opportunity for wagon, bicycle, and tricycle riders to showcase their creativity and be part of the Great American Brass Band Festival parade. To register, click here.
Arts Exploration Camp
Open to children entering grades 2-6, this week-long camp introduces campers to activities in visual arts, music, and dance, keeping the creative juices flowing all summer long!
This is Danville and Boyle County's own unique version of TV's "the Amazing Race." Teams of four compete in physical, mental, and gastrointestinal challenges as they follow clues to search for the finish line and $500! It also happens to be one of our yearly fundraisers, but most people know it as a day of weird and wacky fun.
Constitution Square 5k Run for the Arts
At over 30 years old, this race has become a favorite community event and Danville tradition. Currently managed by Ernst Crown-Weber of Danville Bike and Footwear, this race not only benefits your health, but also the arts--all proceeds are graciously donated to the Community Arts Center!
Horizon: Contemporary Landscape Juried Exhibit
Entries are accepted from artists around the nation until the end of August; the jurors review submitted works and decide which entries will be on display in October and November. The show exhibits two and three-dimensional art and has a first, second, and third prize.
Thriller Dance on Main Street
This is a multiple-week class that culminates in a performance down Danville's Main Street on or near Halloween.
Trees of the Season
This exhibit turns the Grand Hall into a winter wonderland, with wreaths, lights, trees, and decorations that help everyone get into the holiday spirit.