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.

The GoodGiving Challenge is ON!



Now is the perfect time to give to the Arts Commission and our effort to expand free access to arts activities for everyone—from young children to older adults throughout our community. Until the end of the year, donations to the Arts Commission made through the BlueGrassGiving website may receive a 50%-matching donation from the Hudson-Ellis Foundation.

An area-wide fund-raising campaign sponsored by the Blue Grass Community Foundation, the GoodGiving Challenge allows nonprofits an opportunity to compete for endowment prizes made possible by the Foundation and supportive donors. For a donation to count towards the total amount raised it must be made through the website during the Challenge, which ends at midnight, December 31, 2017.

SAVE the DATE – Gallery Hop, November 10, 2017

Stroll in and around Downtown Danville from 5:30 – 8:00 to meet the artists, support local businesses and get an early start on holiday shopping.  Pick up a map at any Hop Stop.  Watch The Advocate-Messenger and Facebook for further details.

Coming up: Louisville Leopards and ARTTOUR

Our community is fortunate to have accessible arts events happening every month. November will be full of events, too, but the first weekend is notable for two reasons: ARTTOUR Annual Open Studios and the Louisville Leopards.

First, professional artists at 10 locations are hosting ARTTOUR on Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5, from 10am to 5pm. This free event is sponsored in part by the participating artists and arts centers, as well as Danville/Boyle County Tourism and Harrodsburg/Mercer County Tourist Commission. Find the tour map, updates about special offers, guest artists, and activities at: or

And, the Louisville Leopards, a noted youth percussion band, will perform for the public at Pioneer Playhouse on Saturday, November 4, at 5pm. They will also hold a free workshop for designated local students. The Arts Commission is sponsoring and coordinating these appearances, with additional support from Walden Funeral Home, Danville Rotary, Danville Kiwannis, and Pioneer Playhouse. For a preview, see the Leopards perform Uptown Funk.

Tickets for the 5pm performance are free, with priority given to families with children. E-mail or call Mimi Becker, 859-236-2361, ext. 111, to get yours.

2017 Art-full Affair

An Art-full Affair

Our bi-annual fundraiser, An Art-full Affair, will be held May 19 and 20 at Pioneer Playhouse to raise funds for arts scholarships for children, including the McKune Visual Arts Scholarship Fund, the Powell Performing Arts Scholarship Fund and the Lockhart Art Is Vital Fund. The Preview party will be from 7 to 9 pm on Friday; on Saturday, doors open at 6pm, with the drawing beginning at 7pm. Both events include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. During intermission on Saturday, we’ll offer—at live auction—works that have been donated by nationally, regionally, and locally known artists, such as Sheldon Tapley, David Farmer, Dacelle Peckler, Stephen Powell and the Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild.

For a $100 donation, you get a ticket that admits two for both nights and your choice of an artwork or arts-related gift or service valued at no less than $150 when your name is called during the Drawing Party. Tickets must be reserved in advance, as the number sold is limited to the number items that have been donated for the drawing. For a $25 donation, those who want to socialize and be only a spectator during the drawing, can attend; however, the live auction is open to everyone. Due to the variety and number of available choices (if your name is called early), we encourage you to come to the Preview Party, talk to the artists about their work, and make a wish list that will help you decide quickly when your name is drawn.

Since beginning this scholarship program in 1994, the Arts Commission has awarded over $25,000 in assistance that provided children experiences in dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama and art camps, the humanities, and more. An Art-full Affair, our only fund-raiser held specifically to fund these arts scholarships, relies on the generosity of area artists and businesses who donate original work and arts-related gifts that are selected, in turn, by ticket holders as their names are drawn. .

This event wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations from our local arts community and arts-related businesses who give their time, their work, and their creativity. To assure that you’ll have a ticket or to participate as a donating artist, please contact Mimi Becker at or call 859-236-2361, ext. 111.

All donations to the McKune Arts Scholarship Fund, the Powell Performing Arts Scholarship Fund and the Lockhart Art is Vital Fund are gladly accepted, too, at Fisher’s Row 1, 105 East Walnut Street in Constitution Square.

Community Impact Award

The Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County is the proud recipient of  the 2013  “Community Impact Award” given by The Chamber at their Annual Celebration.

The award, first presented at The Chamber’s 2008 event, is bestowed on either an individual or organization who has responded to an identified need and has initiated actions, affecting people in the community in significant or profound ways. The criteria for the award state that the efforts must not have been made for personal gain or notoriety.

Needless to say, we are proud that our efforts have been recognized by leaders in our community. Our thanks go to our sponsors, to all our members, and to the directors of our board for their support. You have made this achievement possible. That said, we must recognize the efforts of Ann Nichols, immediate past executive director, who deftly orchestrated this organization with diligence and finesse during her 11 year tenure.