Field Trips


A Field Trip to the Community Arts Center is Easy and Fun

The Community Arts Center is pleased to welcome students and educators for robust, standards-aligned educational experience. Every field trip will include the opportunity for students to create, present, respond, and connect to professional artwork exhibited at the Arts Center. Students will enjoy a guided exploration of the exhibit with discussion facilitated by a professional artist and will also have the opportunity to create a piece of original artwork.

Cost and Scheduling

Field trips are typically 90 minutes in length* and we prefer to limit class size to 30 students in order to ensure a high quality educational experience for all.  We provide at least 2 art educators and encourage as many engaged adult chaperones as you can bring! Admission is $6/student, $3/adult chaperones & home-school parents. Classroom teachers, aides, and bus drivers attend free. Field trips for 2nd and 3rd graders and all students with disabilities are free. 

2018-2019 Exhibits

September 10 to November 2 – Horizon: Contemporary Landscape
This national, juried exhibition challenges student understanding of landscape art. Can it still be a landscape if there’s no horizon line? What is an aerial view? How does changing your perspective change your understanding? Our hands-on projects for this exhibit tie directly to several jaw-dropping pieces in the show!

January 7 to February 22 – New Year New Art
The focus of this exhibit is on artistic identity – how do we reflect our identity through the artwork we create? The hands-on project often takes the form of a self-portrait or other personal expressive piece.

March – Student Showcase: Special Activity Visits Only

April 15 to May 17 – ‘State of Kentucky’ Photograph Exhibit
During this exhibit, visiting students will grapple with the question of how to visually reflect our community – not just its physical features, but its values. The hands-on project will be a collaborative artwork that allows students to depict their classroom “community.” 

Special Activity Visits

We can also facilitate “special projects” field trips around a subject of interest to your students. For example, the 4th graders of Jennie Rogers created wooden block self-portraits as part of a larger unit on diversity. The cost-per student for special projects is $8 for students in all grades. Let us know what interests you, and we’ll create something fun together!

The calendar below shows what times are already booked. Our preference is to schedule field trips at 9am, 11am, and 1pm – but we can accommodate other times if needed! Click here to schedule your field trip using our online form. If you have questions, please contact Kate Snyder at or 859.236.4054.

Field trips for students with disabilities are provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. The VSA Museum Access for Kids Program fosters the engagement of students with disabilities, pre-kindergarten through grade 12, in the arts and culture of their community by providing opportunities to learn through, participate in, attend, and enjoy accessible arts-based events and activities. 

Funding for grade-level field trips provided by: