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 Facilities

Several facilities are devoted to the arts in downtown Danville: The Community Arts Center, West T. Hill Community Theatre, the Mahan Gallery in the Boyle County Public Library, and Gravely Hall at Danville High School. On the campus of Centre College, the Norton Center for the Arts has two performance venues, and the Jones Visual Arts Center houses the AEGON Gallery. Pioneer Playhouse is the site of professional outdoor theater and other events.

Community Arts Center
In a classic Beaux-Arts-style building, the Community Arts Center works to enhance quality of life through exhibits, classes, workshops, and performances that expose residents and visitors to a wealth of experiences in the visual arts, music, theater and dance. Month-long exhibits showcase the creative works of artists from across the state and nation, as well as the work of local artists. Ongoing programs include Lunch with the Arts, an interactive lunchtime presentation by a professional guest artist; Starry Night Studios, a social painting experience; and Lisi’s Art Lab, a creative space for kids of all ages. One exhibit per year explores a non-arts theme, such as dinosaurs, trains, the Wild West, or recycling, through interactive activities, presentations and performances.

Space is available for public and private workshops or meetings, and the Grand Hall is an elegant venue for private parties and receptions. For more information about classes, programs, or rental rates, contact the Community Arts Center.

Norton Center for the Arts
Housed in a 85,000 square-foot complex designed by architect William Wesley Peters of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, The Norton Center for the Arts hosts a world-class performing arts series each year and serves as a focal point for the College’s academic programs in dramatic arts and music. Major performances—from musicals, ballets, and full orchestras to one-man shows—are held in Newlin Hall, a 1,500-seat concert hall, known to have one of the finest acoustical designs in the country. More intimate performances—music and drama—are held in its Weisiger Theatre, a 360-seat theater in the round. You can find the lastest season and ticket information, at Norton Center for the Arts.

West T. Hill Community Theatre
This thriving amateur group occupies two buildings, an intimate theater setting on Larrimore Lane and West’s Wing on Third St, for offices and some auditions, both in downtown Danville. The group offers five to six high-quality productions each season. More information is available at our directory under drama or, for upcoming auditions, productions, and tickets, visit westthill.com.

Boyle County Public Library
This outstanding facility offers a wide array of literary and arts opportunities: for reading and listening to books and music, history and geneology research, children’s programming, lectures, performances, computer labs, and the Mahan Art Gallery, as well as the libary’s own collection of paintings, collage, and sculpture, including an outdoor sculpture garden, the Karl Benson Library Park. In the domed foyer hangs a modern sculpture by hot glass artist, http://www.stephenrolfepowell.com/, a professor of art at Centre College. Visit their Web site for more information and a calendar of library events.

Gravely Hall
In Danville High School, the Gravely Hall Performing Arts Center is a large, well-equipped and maintained facility. Primarily used for arts-related educational events within the Danville Independent Schools system, the venue is also for use by non-profit organizations when available.

Great American Dollhouse Museum
With more than 200 dollhouses, miniature buildings, and room boxes, furnished in remarkable detail and populated with tiny people at work and play, the Great American Dollhouse Museum offers a unique experience with its depiction of American social history in miniature. Three major exhibits feature a timeline of United States History from Native American through Colonial, Old West, early Southwest and modern eras; a complete miniature town circa 1910, that includes mansion, business, retail and factory districts as well as a Shaker village; and a heavily forested fantasy land with faeries, elves, witches, trolls and a walk-in dragon cave. The museum offers special age-appropriate activities for groups, as well as rental of the banquet room for private parties. Contact Curator Lori Kagan-Moore or visit the Web site to learn more.