Kentucky Performing Arts (KPA) kicks off its 40th anniversary season celebration with a community-wide event on Sunday, August 27 at The Kentucky Center (501 West Main Street).

The Community Celebration and Open House will welcome the entire city and state to the building where it all began.

The event will feature activities for family entertainment, including live performances by local artists, appearances by Governor’s School for the Arts alumni, a silent disco, backstage tours, dance classes and more.

The Kentucky Center officially opened its doors on November 19, 1983. Since then, it has welcomed performers and performances of every imaginable genre, including plays, comedy, Broadway musicals, dance and orchestral, rock, folk music and more, along with international dignitaries including two U.S. Presidents and the Dalai Lama. It is this robust mix that has made the venue one of the best known and most beloved arts facilities in the region.

40th Anniversary Community Day Schedule

1:00PM – 1:45PM            YAPA                                                                                       Main Lobby Stage

1:00PM – 4:30PM            Healing Walls Project Art Activity                                               South Lobby

1:15PM – 2:00PM            Red Line Performing Arts Karaoke                                              Bomhard Theater

1:45PM – 2:15PM            Whitney Hall Backstage Tour                                                      Meet at Orchestra Left Entrance

2:00PM – 5:00PM            Louisville Silent Disco                                                               North Lobby

2:00PM – 2:45PM            Sweet G & the Shine                                                                 Main Lobby Stage

2:15PM – 2:45PM            Keen Dance Theatre Movement Workshop                                   Bomhard Theater

2:30PM – 3:15PM            StageOne Storytellers                                                               Whitney Hall

3:00PM – 3:30PM            LaNita Rocknettes Drum + Movement Workshop                         Bomhard Theater

3:15PM – 3:30PM            River City Drum Corp                                                                Main Lobby Stage

3:30PM – 3:45PM            Remarks from KPA President & CEO Kim Baker,                             Main Lobby Stage

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg,

Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary

Lindy Casebier, Kentucky Youth Poet Laureate & GSA

Alumna Amy Roblero-Perez

3:45PM – 4:00PM            River City Drum Corp                                                               Main Lobby Stage

4:00PM – 4:45PM            StageOne Story Time                                                                Whitney Hall

4:00PM – 4:45PM            Keen Dance Theater Movement Workshop                                   Bomhard Theater

4:15PM – 5:00PM            The Jesse Lees                                                                         Main Lobby Stage

5:00PM – 5:45PM            Redline Performing Arts Karaoke                                                Bomhard Theater

5:15PM – 5:30PM            LaNita Rocknettes Performance                                                  Main Lobby Stage

5:15PM – 5:45PM            Whitney Hall Backstage Tour                                                      Meet at Orchestra Left Entrance


YAPA is a musical journey inspired by many rich cultures. From indigenous melodies of the Andes Mountains to the traditional and popular dance musics of the world, Yapa! features musicians from Ecuador, El Salvador, Canary Islands, Mexico, and the US.

Redline Performing Arts is committed to creating a safe space where the arts are accessible and affordable to all. We remain intent on fostering community through arts justice by incorporating the  four pillars of our organization: live productions, Redline Education Department, Redline Players Conservatory and Performance Troupe and our community action program, Produce and More. Redline produces a thriving culture for underserved, often marginalized communities, putting people over profit and elevating action onstage and in our community.

Louisville band Sweet G & The Shine is fronted by powerhouse singer Gina C.  Gina got her start singing with her family doing Gospel gigs at area churches for years. As an adult, she accompanied anybody who needed a great singer for backup or harmony, including The Zach Longoria Project, Carly Johnson, Nick Dittmeier, and several others.

The Jesse Lees are a group of Louisville based outkasts that provide a timeless and powerful energy with elements of psychedelic rock, soul, and hip-hop. It is just when you think that you have figured out their style that they show a new side of themselves, and scratch an itch you never knew you had. Led by the unique and powerfully soulful vocals of Otis Junior, this rock outfit is undeniable and unforgettable.

StageOne Storytellers is a 40-minute storybook program that takes children’s favorite books and brings them to life in a way that’s as unique and exciting as the stories themselves. At these events, caregivers and little ones sit on the floor around the performers for a truly immersive theatre experience. Audiences help tell the story through music, interaction, and LOTS of imagination! Recommended for Ages PreK-10.

John Keen envisioned and created Keen Dance Theatre in September 2008 in New York City, performing throughout the New York area and traveling to Guyana as US Ambassadors.  In 2014, KDT moved to John’s hometown of Louisville, KY. Rooted in Black dance expression, Keen Dance Theatre welcomes company members of any race/ethnicity.  KDT is also diverse in regards to age, gender, LGBTQ+, occupation, body shape, education level, and socioeconomic status.

The LaNita Rocknettes School of Dance provides cultural arts & educational programming during non-school hours in various locations throughout Louisville for children and ages 3-18 and their Parents. The LaNita Rocknettes School of Dance has been a safe haven for young people offering more than just dance classes.