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11.25.19 - A Statement From President & CEO Kim Baker

The Kentucky Center has for 36 years served as a beacon for the arts in our region. But we are more than a building or simply an organization. Our name, “The Kentucky Center,” does not reflect the breadth of what we do.

This is why we are now changing our name to Kentucky Performing Arts. Both inside our venues and out in the community, Kentucky Performing Arts seeks to better the artistic vibrancy of our region by creating new spaces and meaningful experiences that help connect people to the community to build lifelong relationships with the arts.

Our iconic building is merely a part of our larger mission. And we have evolved in recent years to better fulfill that mission. In 2018, we expanded beyond our Main Street building when The Kentucky Center Foundation purchased the historic Brown Theatre. Then, in July of this year, we expanded again by opening our brand new 2,000 person standing room venue, Old Forester’s Paristown Hall.

This family of venues – The Kentucky Center, The Brown Theatre and Old Forester’s Paristown Hall – is a reflection of our commitment to the arts and to the people in our region – providing spaces that offer a multitude of experiences to satisfy any artistic or musical taste. In addition, our Education and Community Arts efforts increase access by bringing the arts to every corner of the Commonwealth.

While the names of our venues are not changing, there will be one change in the way you purchase tickets. Tickets are still sold in The Kentucky Center building, by phone at 584-7777, but now online sales are available directly through our new website,

We encourage people to visit the new web site to engage, participate and connect through the arts. We invite you to come, be moved by all the arts has to offer.

This is an exciting time as we begin our next 35 years with a new vision, while always staying true to our mission of building lifelong relationships with the arts.

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