Art History

Everyone can enjoy looking at a painting or listening to a piece of music, but the more you know, the more your enjoyment grows!  Our Arts Appreciation classes offer you the chance to dig deeper and listen bigger.  Join us to learn more about the cultures and moments that shaped great art, the artistic techniques that move us, and the lives of the talented people who share their gifts with the world.  We often partner with our friends at Centre College for these programs and enjoy learning from their fabulous faculty! 


LWTA – Jane Joyce
Jun 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Jane Joyce

Lunch with the Arts: Jane Joyce
Wednesday, June 13 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 per person, at the door

Recycled quilts…and recycled poems?!  Join us for this fun lunchtime lecture that explores the ways in which artists use re-purpose materials to create new and beautiful things.

A published scholar in Classics, Jane Joyce, retired Luellen Professor of Literature at Centre College, has written three collections of poems. During this special LWTA event, Jane will talk about her inspiration for writing The Quilt Poems and some of the research she did for the project.

Barbara Hall is retired Stoghill Professor of Music at Centre College where she led the choral activities and taught interdisciplinary courses in humanities. She founded Danville Sings and currently conducts 3 choirs in that organization. Barbara will read several of Jane’s poems.

In the second half of the program, artists from the 2nd Look Quilt Challenge will share some of the stories behind their pieces in the show, all of which feature recycled materials.

LWTA – Shaker Village: Past, Present, and Future
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Shaker Village: Past, Present, and Future

Lunch with the Arts
Shaker Village: Past, Present, and Future

Wednesday, July 18 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 per person at the door

Join us for a conversation with members of the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill leadership team as we learn more about this architectural and cultural treasure.

William Updike, VP of Natural and Cultural Resources at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, will present on the ongoing work to preserve the 1820 Meeting House and 1824 Centre Family Dwelling. Learn about the full scope of this immense project, the craftsmanship and attention to detail involved, and some interesting discoveries that have been made along the way!

Billy Rankin, VP of Public Programming at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, will share the vision for how each of these magnificent structures will be utilized for the public going forward, and how the interpretation of the Pleasant Hill Shakers will take shape for years to come. Find out how tours, exhibits, technology and artifacts are coming together to tell this incredible story.

Art Trip to Chicago
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm
Art Trip to Chicago

Art Trip to Chicago
Depart: Wednesday, September 5 at 9am
Return: Saturday, September 8 at 7pm
$780 per person (double occupancy)

This trip is sold out! If you would like to put your name on the waiting list, please contact Niki Kinkade at

Join the Community Arts Center for an art-lovers trip to Windy City. From architecture to impressionist painting to shopping on the Magnificent Mile, this 4-day/3-night adventure will introduce you to the art, culture, and charm of Chicago. Travel in comfort and stay at one of Chicago’s most famous hotels. Explore the best collection of impressionist paintings outside of France. Experience the beauty of Chicago’s architecture as seen from the Chicago River. And that’s just the beginning! 

Your registration fee includes:
  • Transportation via private bus from Danville to Chicago and back;
  • Dinner upon arrival in Chicago on 9/5;
  • 3 night accommodation at the historic Palmer House hotel;
  • Bus tour of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the suburb of Oak Park;
  • Admission and guided tour of the Art Institute of Chicago – including lunch in the museum cafe;
  • Admission and guided tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art;
  • Chicago Architecture River Cruise along the Chicago River.
In a city with so many possibilities, you’ll want to have some time to explore on your own. Once all the September listings are complete, probably by early June, we’ll provide you specific details about other activities you might be interested in doing on your own or in small groups in the evening. 
We are also looking into the possibility of purchasing tickets to see Hamilton on Thursday or Friday evening. These tickets would be at an additional cost, pending availability. We hope to know more soon!
This trip is being facilitated by Dr. Milton Reigelman, Centre College Professor Emeritus. The per-person trip price is $780, assuming double hotel occupancy. Single reservations are available for $985. Registration deadline is July 6th. Registration is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. A $300 deposit is due at the time of registration, with the balance of the trip due by August 15th.