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.

New Year New Art
January 8 to February 23

This exhibit is ideal for field trips because it features artwork in a wide variety of media. The only parameters for submission is that work must be NEW (created since August of 2017). The educational focus of the New Year New Art field trips is on “artistic identity” – how artists put themselves into their artwork and how their artwork is influenced by the people and events in their world.

The benefits to your students of visiting the Arts Center for this field trip include:

  • The exhibit features a variety of artistic styles and encourages creative thinking.
  • Students are able to respond to the artwork and present their interpretation in a safe environment.
  • The Arts Center creates interactive hands-on activities aligned to visual arts standards so that the students get to not only see great art, but create their own. During their visit, students will create a mixed media self-portrait through which they will explore the concept of artistic identity.

The Arts Center will provide a pre-visit slideshow to help your students prepare for their field trip along with additional post-visit materials to help reinforce core concepts after your field trip (hint: the post-visit activity suggestion is really cool!).

Open to Interpretation
April 9 to May 18

Our spring show will be an abstract art exhibit. Abstract art makes for GREAT discussion as it challenges students to develop a whole new understanding of what constitutes “art.” We’re still developing the curriculum for these field trips but it will include a hands-on activity as well as facilitated discussion. 

Cost and Scheduling

Field trips are 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 3 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. 

The calendar below shows field trip availability. Click here to schedule your field trip using our online form. If you have questions, please contact Abby Quirk-Royal 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:

The Hudson-Ellis Fund of the Blue Grass Community Foundation