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Experience the Arts in Kentucky
Lexington’s Arts Center also hosts “Black Box” theater performances. Its 250-seat theater creates a unique bond between audience and cast. You can see drama here, as well as dance, spoken word shows and experimental films.
You can also tour ArtsPlace. Housed in a 1904 Beaux Arts-style building, it seems fitting that it hosts spaces for today’s artists. Not only does it offer rehearsal and performance spaces for organizations like the Lexington Ballet Company and the Center for the Old Music in the New World, among many others, it also welcomes patrons to the ArtsPlace Gallery. It’s a terrific venue for anyone who loves seeing visual art pieces from local and regional artists when they travel. Speaking of art, you won’t want to miss seeing more than 300 paintings, sculptures and ceramics from American Artist John Regis Tuska at the Tuska House while you are in town.
Even though the lively city of Lexington is known as the "Horse Capital of the World," it's not all about horses in the city. Get in touch with Lexington's history and culture, while in town. Enjoy touring some of the historical buildings in the city, including the Hunt-Morgan House, the Mary Todd Lincoln House, the Kentucky Theatre, the Martin Castle and the ArtsPlace building. Explore eastern Kentucky and drive in from nearby Georgetown.
This wonderful classical Beaux Arts style building, built in 1904, was originally home to the city's YMCA. ArtsPlace is currently home to the Center for Old Music in the New World, the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, the Lexington Ballet Company and the Lexington Philharmonic Society. Attend one of the several art performances, art exhibitions, dance lessons or art programs, for an enriching cultural experience.
Downtown Arts Center
Enrich your cultural experience during your visit to downtown Lexington. Begin by visiting the Downtown Arts Center, housed in the Embry-Lowenthal Building. Choose one of the 250 seats in the Performance Theater's "Black Box" theater, for an enjoyable theater production. Make the short drive in from Paris or Georgetown.
After the production, satisfy your hunger with a delicious meal at Alfalfa's Restaurant on the first floor of the building. Schedule plenty of time to stroll through the Ann Tower Gallery, located on both the lower and upper floors of the building. While upstairs, check out the latest art in the SKO Art Gallery. Make the most of your time in eastern Kentucky.
While exploring downtown Lexington, schedule time to learn about one of the local artists and art educators. American Artist John Regis Tuska was a Professor of Art at the University of Kentucky, for thirty years. Schedule an appointment to tour Tuska House, John Tuska's former residence and art studio, to better understand his work as an artist. The Tuska House is a short drive away from nearby Paris and Georgetown.
Stroll through the art studio to view the three hundred works of art, in the permanent collection. Pieces include ceramics, sculptures and paintings. While in town, make your way to the University of Kentucky to view the collection of Tuska's materials, videos, prints and slides from his tenure at the University. Enjoy your time exploring Eastern Kentucky.