Arts Appreciation

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! 

Spring 2019 Arts Appreciation Lecture Series:

Tuesday, March 12 – “The Rise of the Gothic” -with Dr. John Kinkade”
Tuesday, March 19 – “The Western as American Myth” with Dr. Stacey Peebles
Tuesday, March 26 – Almost in the Air: Robert Johnson and the Blues” with Stanley R. Campbell
Tuesday, April 9 – “The Aesthetics of Birds” with Dr. Stephanie Fabritius

LWTA – 70 Years of Pioneer Playhouse
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - 70 Years of Pioneer Playhouse

Lunch with the Arts: 70 Years of Pioneer Playhouse
Wednesday, June 19 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door ($3 students)

Pioneer Playhouse, Kentucky’s Oldest Outdoor Theatre, is celebrating 70 years in the Bluegrass with the 2019 summer season (June 7 – August 17.) Heather Henson (Managing Director) and Robby Henson (Artistic Director) will talk about the vibrant history of this one-of-kind theatre, which was founded in 1950 by their father Eben C. Henson. Over the years, many Hollywood stars have gotten their start at the Playhouse, including John Travolta, Lee Majors, Bo Hopkins, and Jim Varney. The Hensons will share memories and will talk about the challenges of keeping a theatre going for 7 decades. They will also highlight the 2019 season, giving a preview of the third show in the line-up, Breaking Up With Elvis, which was written by Robby Henson.

Breaking Up with Elvis (July 9 – July 20) is part of the “Kentucky Voices” series of original plays Pioneer
Playhouse has been producing for 11 years, plays that celebrate some aspect of Kentucky history and
heritage. This play was inspired by the “Elvis concert that never was “ at Lexington’s Rupp Arena in

Big thanks to our 10th anniversary season sponsors, Direct Experience in Artistic Living, Inc (DEAL) and Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda

New York Art Trip
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm
New York Art Trip

New York Art Trip
Depart: August 22, 2019
Return: August 26, 2019
Trip Leader: Milton Reigelman, Centre College Professor Emeritus

The New York art trip is sold out! We’re happy to add your to our email distribution list to find out about other exciting plans in the works. Contact Kate (
Join the Community Arts Center for an art-lovers trip to the Big Apple. With museums, murals, and more, this 5-day/4-night adventure will give you a taste of the art and culture of New York City. 
Your registration fee includes:
  • Round trip, direct airfare from Louisville;
  • 4-night accommodation on Park Avenue;
  • 1 group dinner;
  • 1 group breakfast;
  • 7-day unlimited bus/subway pass;
  • Entry into the Guggenheim Museum;
  • Entry into the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a private “Highlights of the Met” tour;
  • Brooklyn Mural Tour;
  • Entry into the 9/11 museum, with museum tour;
  • Entry into Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
In a city with so many possibilities, you’ll want to have some time to explore on your own. As we get closer to the trip, 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. 
The per-person trip price is $1,695, assuming double hotel occupancy. Single reservations are available for $2,355. Prices assume 21-27 participants. A non-refundable $500 deposit is due by March 17th, with the balance of the trip due by July 15th.