New office location

While our office remains within the Constitution Square complex, please note that we have moved to a rear office in the McKinney Conference Center. Hours vary; it’s best to call ahead. Call Mimi Becker, 859-236-2361, ext 111.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Arts Scholarships

The concept, creating a way to provide financial assistance to young people with interest and ability in the arts, but without the means to participate, was developed by the Arts Commission and launched in 2004. It was formally renamed the McKune Arts Scholarship Fund in 2008, to honor Tom McKune, a Centre College administrator and member of Arts Commission’s Board of Directors, for his career-long efforts in support of arts instruction for children. His untimely death in October of 2007, was a loss to the arts, to higher learning, and to the community at large. In 2016, the name was revised to the McKune Visual Arts Scholarship to reflect a shift in focus for those awards and to allow for two new scholarships.

Beginning in 2017, the Arts Commission will raise funds for two new youth scholarship programs, named for the two 2016 Art Citizens. In honor of Stuart Powell, the Powell Performing Arts Scholarship has been created for students in music and/or theater. In honor of Barbara Lockhart, the Lockhart Art Is Vital Fund has been created for students in other artistic pursuits.

Since its inception, the scholarship program has been managed by the Arts Commission, which raises funds and bestows the awards according to established guidelines. More than $28,000 has been awarded since the program began. It has provided assistance to students, who have demonstrated interest in an arts discipline, but whose families do not have financial resources for extra-curricular arts instruction or activities, such as instruction fees, lesson books, instrument rental, or artist materials. Recipients have participated in a range of activities, such as the Heritage Area Strings Program; Danville Children’s Choir; an arts camp at the Community Arts Center; a drama camp with West T. Hill Community Theatre; dance classes through the Boyle County Recreation Department; plus private lessons in drawing, guitar, piano and cello. To be eligible, students must live or go to school (including home school) in Boyle County. Scholarships of up to $150 per child per year are awarded on the basis of verifiable financial need.

Funds for the scholarship program come from private donations or are raised through our Art-full Raffle, a bi-annual event held specifically to support this program. You can support this important work by making a financial contribution, donating an original artwork or arts-related service valued at $150 or more, or attending the next Art-full Raffle.

If you know a child who deserves supplemental funding (up to $150) to pursue an arts activity, please request an application by contacting Mimi Becker at 859-236-2361, ext. 111, or by e-mail arts@historicdanvilleky.com.