Arts Everywhere For Students, presented by Kentucky Bank, is our online guide that lists virtual performances, workshops and other opportunities to enhance the educational experience. From classical music concerts to ballet classes to arts and crafts workshops, opportunities to expose kids to the arts are everywhere. To find out more please contact these organizations directly.

 

LexArts Pacesetter KentuckyBankToday’s teachers have a greater opportunity than most to be a positive agent of change.  We know that teachers can positively impact our youth in ways no one else can, and we are grateful for their skills in helping to educate our children in all areas of study.

The need to engage students through art has become even more crucial. Strategies for cultivating creativity, getting students engaged, and providing opportunities for self-expression and nonverbal communication are needed during this time.

Throughout history, art has shown the resilience and strength of the human spirit. Kentucky Bank proudly supports the arts and education for the social and emotional well-being of students, whether through distance learning or in person.

  • Louis Prichard | President, Kentucky Bank

Allegro Dance Project

Inclusive Dance Outreach

THE EXPERIENCE |  Workshop (weekly classes)

THE FOCUS |  Dance & Music

Allegro Dance Project’s Inclusive Dance Outreach Program is designed specially for children with specific needs and provides weekly movement classes featuring live interactive music accompaniment, offered virtually via Zoom or on-site (outdoors, masked and distanced) for MSD and special education classrooms. Students with an IEP, 504, behavioral needs or who are in need of a movement break – especially during NTI and/or virtual learning, are invited to participate to experience the joys and many benefits dance has to offer!

CONTENT AREAS |  Arts

EDUCATION LEVEL | Preschool – Grade 12

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE |  Virtual or live experience (determined by program sites, following CDC guidelines)

COST | Free

Jeana Klevene
P (715) 252-6137

Bluegrass Ceili Academy

Virtual Irish Dancing with Bluegrass Ceili

THE EXPERIENCE | Performance, Workshop, Other

THE FOCUS | Dance

Get jiggy with it and learn some Irish dance with the Bluegrass Ceili Academy, Lexington’s community-based Irish dance schools. Video or live workshops available.

CONTENT AREAS | Arts

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | K-8th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live, Video

COST | Free, Donations Accepted

Megan Moloney

E info@bluegrassceili.com

P (859) 488-1462

W bluegrassceili.com


Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

Authors & Literary Arts for Kids

THE EXPERIENCE | Performance, Workshop, Activity, Creation, Arts Education

THE FOCUS | Creative Writing, Nonfiction Writing

Literary arts & literacy intersect in Carnegie’s “Authors & Literary Arts for Kids.” Carnegie offers author readings on social media, live author visits to schools (virtually), online writing workshops/classes & book discussions, & more. Some include free books. Programming can be somewhat customized for each school.

CONTENT AREAS | Writing, Reading, Humanities, Language Arts

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | K-12th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live, Video

COST | Varies

Jennifer Mattox

E jmattox@carnegiecenterlex.org

P (859) 953-0580

W CarnegieCenterLex.org


Explorium of Lexington

Field Trips to Go, Traveling Trunks and Other Activities

THE EXPERIENCE | Workshop, Activity

THE FOCUS | Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math

Hands-on activities with all disposable materials provided.

Field Trips-To-Go are demonstrations/activities led by Museum staff.

Traveling Trunks are three weeks of activities with lesson plans and all materials.

CONTENT AREAS | Science, Math, Social Studies, Language Arts

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | K-5th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live, Teacher-Led

COST | Varies

Kalli Turner

E turner@explorium.com

P (859) 258-3253

W explorium.com


Governor’s School for the Arts

Governor’s School for the Arts: how to apply for the 2021 summer program

THE EXPERIENCE | Presentation

THE FOCUS | Visual Art, Music, Theatre, Dance, Creative Writing, Media Arts, Architecture & Design

Learn more about the Governor’s School for the Arts, a  tuition-free residential summer program for some of the state’s most passionate and talented young artists. Presentation can include an overview of the application process and a Q&A. Note this is more of an info session than a workshop that covers educational standards. Current high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for GSA 2021, although presentation is applicable to younger students who want to apply in the future. Ability for GSA to provide presentation may depend on shifting staff capacity levels this autumn, but we would love to hear from any interested parties.

CONTENT AREAS |

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | 9-12th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live

TBD

COST | Free

Nick Covault

E ncovault@kentuckyperformingarts.org

P (502) 641-6674

W kentuckygsa.org


Kentucky Ballet Theatre

Kentucky Ballet Theatre at a Glance

THE EXPERIENCE | Performance, Organization, Overview

THE FOCUS | Dance

“Kentucky Ballet Theatre at a Glance” provides the viewer with a visual description of the organization’s programming with photos, professional company performance video, and the Academy which is open to students of all ages.

CONTENT AREAS | Performing Arts–Ballet and Dance

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | K-8th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Video

COST | Free

Brigid DeVries

E admin@kyballet.com

P (859) 252-5245

W KYBallet.com


Kentucky Craft History and Education Association – KCHEA

Kentucky Craft Luminaries: Telling Our Stories

THE EXPERIENCE | Activity

THE FOCUS | Visual Art

There is an educator’s guide geared to educational standards  to accompany the exhibition “Kentucky Craft Luminaries: Telling Our Stories,” currently exhibited at the Lexington Public Library Gallery.   http://kchea.org/craft_luminary_exhibit/educators_guide.  Although COVID restrictions do not allow for in-person viewing of the exhibition, it is virtual and will soon have a companion video.

CONTENT AREAS | Visual Arts

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | K-8th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Video

COST | Free

Philis Alvic

E philis@philisalvic.info

P (859) 227-2137

W kchea.org


Kentucky Women Writers Conference Inc.

42nd annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference

THE EXPERIENCE | Performance

THE FOCUS | Creative Writing

Craft talks, panel discussions, and readings with Jami Attenberg, Mahogany Browne, Bridgett M. Davis, Carrie Green, Ellen Hagan, Amy Hempel, Erin Hosier, Mariama Lockington, Claudia Love Mair, Roxana Robinson, Evie Shockley, and Darcey Steinke. Thursday through Saturday, September 10-13, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

CONTENT AREAS | Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | 9-12th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live

September 10-13

9:00 PM

COST | $25

Julie Wrinn

E kentuckywomenwriters@gmail.com

P (859) 257-2874

W kentuckywomenwriters.org

 

Kentucky Women Writers Conference

Stars of the Commonwealth: Carrie Green, Mariama Lockington, & Claudia Love Mair

THE EXPERIENCE | Performance

THE FOCUS | Creative Writing

Readings by authors with Kentucky ties: Carrie Green, Mariama Lockington, and Claudia Love Mair. With introductions and Q & A by Ashley Sipple-McGraw.

CONTENT AREAS | Young Adult Fiction, Poetry, Memoir

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | 9-12th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live

September 13

7:00 PM

COST | Free

Julie Wrinn

E julie.wrinn@uky.edu

P (859) 257-2874

W kentuckywomenwriters.org

 

Kentucky Women Writers Conference

Wild Women of Poetry Showcase

THE EXPERIENCE | Performance

THE FOCUS | Creative Writing

Headliner Mahogany Browne and emcee Ellen Hagan will perform and welcome eight poets from Kentucky and beyond for a noncompetitive celebration of spoken word. Performers are: Berry, Jessica Diaz, On’dria Gibson, Danni Quintos, Amanda Johnston, Marissa Davis, Alondra Uribe, Meher Manda

CONTENT AREAS | Poetry and Spoken Word

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | 9-12th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live

September 12

7:00 PM

COST | Free

Julie Wrinn

E kentuckywomenwriters@gmail.com

P (859) 257-2874

W kentuckywomenwriters.org

 

Kentucky Women Writers Conference

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez viewing party

THE EXPERIENCE | Performance

THE FOCUS | Creative Writing

The Sonia Sanchez Series honors the indelible spirit of the poet and her many visits to the neighborhoods of Lexington. This year we offer a Netflix-style viewing party of the documentary film, “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez” (running time 1:41). You’ll be able to engage with other viewers and the host by typing chat-room comments during the film. Your host will be series chair Patrice K. Muhammad, who is founder and editor of the Key Newsjournal, serving Central Kentucky’s Black community since 2004, and host of the syndicated talk radio program Key Conversations.

CONTENT AREAS | Poetry, African American Literature

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | 9-12th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live

September 11

11:00 PM

COST | Free

Julie Wrinn

E kentuckywomenwriters@gmail.com

P (859) 257-2874

W kentuckywomenwriters.org

 

Kentucky Women Writers Conference Inc.

An Evening with poet Evie Shockley

THE EXPERIENCE | Performance

THE FOCUS | Creative Writing

Winner of the 2019 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, Shockley is the author of three books of poetry: semiautomatic (Wesleyan, 2017), which won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the LA Times Book Prize; the new black (Wesleyan, 2011), winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; and a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press, 2005).

CONTENT AREAS | Poetry

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | 9-12th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live

September 10

7:00 PM

COST | Free

Julie Wrinn

E kentuckywomenwriters@gmail.com

P (859) 257-2874

W kentuckywomenwriters.org


Lexington Ballet

Lexington Ballet New Works

THE EXPERIENCE | Performance, Workshop

THE FOCUS | Dance

New Works marks the beginning of our 46th Season and brings to Lexington a  more contemporary and edgy set of works that will surely entertain you and bring another perspective that will make you think about all the possibilities that Ballet has to offer.

Bending the Classical Ballet training to allow for unexpected outcomes.  New Works promises to deliver a truly spectacular evening of Dance.

CONTENT AREAS | Social Studies

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | K-12th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Video

October 23

7:30 PM

COST | $20

Luis Dominguez

E luis@lexingtonballet.org

P (859) 619-8826

W lexingtonballet.org


Lexington Children’s Theatre

Weekly Classes – 9 week classes

THE EXPERIENCE | Workshop

THE FOCUS | Theatre

Devising a Play (6th – 8th graders) (*Live Instruction)

Have you ever wanted to create a play from scratch? LCT’s Teaching Artists will guide you through a process of choosing a topic, brainstorming ideas and structures, and creating an original work. This class takes a motivated group of students who are passionate about a topic or idea they want to turn into a play.

Foundations of Acting (3rd – 8th graders) – (*Live Instruction)

This class is an overview of the skills and training need to understand and develop a student’s craft of acting. Each week will be filled with activities and exercises to develop the voice, imagination, and skills necessary to begin the process of learning to create meaningful characters as a young performer.

Playwriting (5th – 8th graders) (*Live Instruction)

This program will assist students in understanding story structure as they work to write their own ten-minute play. Each class will consist of a series of writing exercises and lessons to give your student a firm foundation is crafting a piece of theatre.

Scene Study (4th – 8th graders) (*Live Instruction)

In Scene Study, the participants are given a partner and a cutting from a play. The class works to develop their character based on the playwright’s language and context provided by the script. The participants work to learn and perform the role to be shared in a show case setting.

CONTENT AREAS |

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | K-8th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live, Virtual, Video

COST | $550 for virtual live classes, sliding scale for Video: classroom – $30, grade – $125, school – $400

Megan Kinney

E boxoffice@lctonstage.org

P (859) 254-4546

W lctonstage.org

 

Lexington Children’s Theatre

Weekly Classes – 6 week classes

THE EXPERIENCE | Workshop

THE FOCUS | Theatre

Create a Play (K – 2nd graders) (*Live Instruction)

In this class, young people work to create their own play by using contemporary literature or a theme as their source material. The class will originate their own characters, dialogue, and story. At the end of the week, the class will have a play they can share online with their families.

Digital Storytelling (6th – 8th graders) (Video)

Digital storytelling allows everyday people to share their story. In this pre-Video series, you’ll learn from LCT Teaching Artists as they demonstrate how to use digital media (pictures, stop animation, and video) to craft your ideas to tell a story or present an idea.

Improvisation (5th – 8th graders) (*Live Instruction)

This class will help young people develop their improvisation skills as they learn to think on their feet. We will work to define and demonstrate the five basic principles of Improvisation: Give and Take, Beginning/Middle/End, Spontaneity, Yes and, and Listening.

Introduction to Scenic Painting (6th – 12th graders) (Video)

LCT’s technicians are excited to share their talents with you! Good scenic painting skills are vital to creating a quality set. These artists will show you some basic skills to up your scenic game. Learn techniques like shadow and highlight, wood grain, brick walls, and so much more.

CONTENT AREAS |

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | K-12th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live, Virtual, Video

COST | $350 for virtual live classes, sliding scale for Video: classroom – $30, grade – $125, school – $400

Megan Kinney

E boxoffice@lctonstage.org

P (859) 254-4546

W lctonstage.org

 

Lexington Children’s Theatre

Weekly Classes – 3 Week Classes

THE EXPERIENCE | Workshop

THE FOCUS | Theatre

Acting for the Camera (5th – 8th graders) (*Live Instruction)

Performing onstage is very different than performing for the camera. In this class we will give students the fundamentals of being an on-screen performer and record a few commercials and monologues to assist them in honing the technique.

Flats, Platforms, & Acting Cubes (9th – 12th graders) (Video)

Every drama program needs the know how to build and make these three basic scenery elements. Join LCT artists as they walk through the construction techniques to build these staples and give your theatre program a leg up on creating some stock pieces.

Theatre Rigging 101 (9th – 12th graders) (Video)

Rigging scenery can be integral to a theatre’s operation. Learning how to safely rig and support scenery and lightning equipment is an important skill every theatre operator must have. LCT’s technicians will demonstrate some of the basic “dos and don’ts” of stage rigging.

CONTENT AREAS |

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL |

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live, Virtual, Video

COST | $200 for virtual live classes, sliding scale for Video: classroom – $30, grade – $125, school – $400

Megan Kinney

E boxoffice@lctonstage.org

P (859) 254-4546

W lctonstage.org

 

Lexington Children’s Theatre

Acting for the Camera (5th – 8th)

THE EXPERIENCE | Workshop

THE FOCUS | Theatre, Media Arts

Performing onstage is very different than performing for the camera. In this class we will give students the fundamentals of being an on-screen performer and record a few commercials and monologues to assist them in honing the technique.

CONTENT AREAS |

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | 5-8th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live, Virtual

COST | $200

Megan Kinney

E boxoffice@lctonstage.org

P (859) 254-4546

W lctonstage.org

 

Lexington Children’s Theatre

Story Box (Pre-K – 2nd graders)

THE EXPERIENCE | Workshop

THE FOCUS | Theatre

StoryBox is an interactive story telling experience using drama and imaginative play for young people ages two to five. Materials used in this 30-minute workshop will be left for the classroom so that young people may continue to explore the story further. (45 minutes – 1 hour)

CONTENT AREAS |

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | Pre-K-2nd

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live, Materials Delivered Beforehand

COST $75

Megan Kinney

E boxoffice@lctonstage.org

P (859) 254-4546

W lctonstage.org

 

 

Lexington Children’s Theatre

Halloween Make-up (4th – 12th graders)

THE EXPERIENCE | Workshop

THE FOCUS | Theatre

Do you want to create some great looking character make-up for this Halloween? Join LCT as they show you the ins and outs of character make-up and design.  (2-2.5 hours)

CONTENT AREAS |

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | 4-12th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live, Virtual

COST | $125

Megan Kinney

E boxoffice@lctonstage.org

P (859) 254-4546

W lctonstage.org

 

Lexington Children’s Theatre

Careers in the Theatre (4th – 8th graders)

THE EXPERIENCE | Workshop

THE FOCUS | Theatre

Have you ever wondered about a career in the theatre? Do you know there are on average 6 people who work backstage for every actor onstage? Join LCT’s staff as they share their job responsibilities and what makes them vital in the creation of a performance. (1 hour)

CONTENT AREAS |

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | 4-8th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Video

COST | Classroom – $30, Grade – $125, School – $400

Megan Kinney

E boxoffice@lctonstage.org

P (859) 254-4546

W lctonstage.org

 

Lexington Children’s Theatre

Audition Techniques(4th – 8th graders)

THE EXPERIENCE | Workshop

THE FOCUS | Theatre

This class discuss what makes a successful audition, what directors are looking for, audition tips, and answer any questions you might have about the audition process. We will discuss the different types of auditions and what makes a good headshot and resume. (2 sessions, 1.5 hours each)

CONTENT AREAS |

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | 4-8th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live, Virtual

COST

Megan Kinney

E boxoffice@lctonstage.org

P (859) 254-4546

W lctonstage.org

 

Lexington Children’s Theatre

Twas The Night Before Christmas

THE EXPERIENCE | Performance

THE FOCUS | Theatre

“‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a..”. hmm, what rhymes with house?

Have you ever wondered how your favorite holiday stories came to be – how all the details that bring you Christmas cheer and joy were created? This adaptation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas gives you a funny and festive look behind the scenes at how this favorite tale might have been written. Follow author Clement Clarke Moore (better known as “Clem”) on his journey to write his beloved Christmas Eve poem, along with two magical friends who show up from the North Pole! Together, they write one of the most beloved St. Nick stories of all time – but not without a few hilarious word fumbles, caroling, and kooky Christmas antics along the way!

CONTENT AREAS |

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | K-5th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Virtual, Video

December 11 – 31, 2020

COST | Classroom – $30, Grade – $125, School – $400

Megan Kinney

E boxoffice@lctonstage.org

P (859) 254-4546

W lctonstage.org

 

Lexington Children’s Theatre

A Wrinkle in Time

THE EXPERIENCE | Performance

THE FOCUS | Theatre

Meg Murray feels the weight of the world on her shoulders. She is constantly caught between getting in trouble at school, looking after her brilliant but odd brother Charles Wallace, and dealing with the disappearance of her father. But when three cosmic beings enter her atmosphere, Meg, along with Charles Wallace and their new friend Calvin, must “tesser” across the galaxy on a quest to find her father and save Earth from an evil darkness that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear.

Join LCT for this unique adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s epic novel that takes us across time and space on a journey to discover that even in the most vast and darkest of universes, love will always conquer all.

CONTENT AREAS |

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | K-8th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Virtual, Video

November 6 – 29, 2020

COST | Sliding Scale: $50, $75, $100, $200

Megan Kinney

E boxoffice@lctonstage.org

P (859) 254-4546

W lctonstage.org

 

Lexington Children’s Theatre

Storytellers Series

THE EXPERIENCE | Performance

THE FOCUS | Theatre

Stories bring meaning to our lives and as a company dedicated to sharing complex, joyful, and imaginative stories, now more than ever, we’re determined to ensure that young people have the opportunity to build empathy through storytelling. LCT’s new Storyteller Series features one-person performances created by local artists that celebrate and explore the stories of Kentuckians of color.

CONTENT AREAS |

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL |

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Virtual

COST | Sliding Scale: $50, $75, $100, $200

Megan Kinney

E boxoffice@lctonstage.org

P (859) 254-4546

W lctonstage.org


The Lexington Theatre Company

The Lex presents “Creative Conversations”

THE EXPERIENCE | Podcast

THE FOCUS | Visual Art, Music, Theatre, Dance, Creative Writing, Media Arts

“Creative Conversations” features inspiring chats with professionals in theatre and other industries.  Guests discuss their artistic/career journeys as well as creativity, how to practice it and why it’s important.  This 8-episode podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, with video previews on The Lex YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

CONTENT AREAS | Theatre Arts, Music, Dance, Cooking, Illustrating, Broadway, Business, Creativity, Collaboration

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | 6th-12th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Video

COST | Free

Gretchen Shoot

E education@lexingtontheatrecompany.org

P (859) 940-4450

W lexingtontheatrecompany.org

 

The Lexington Theatre Company

The Lex presents “Adventures en Casa”

THE EXPERIENCE | Online Video Series

THE FOCUS | Music, Theatre

“Adventures En Casa” is an online music/storytelling series by The Lexington Theatre Company. Have a blast learning music and storytelling, while immersed in the English and Spanish languages.  This 8-episode web series is available on The Lex YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD9YgUONv6P8YfxttNgOYxMD7fGFJzKA1) and through our Facebook Page.

CONTENT AREAS | Theatre Arts, Music, Storytelling, English, Spanish

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | K-5th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Video

COST | Free

Gretchen Shoot

E education@lexingtontheatrecompany.org

P (859) 940-4450

W lexingtontheatrecompany.org


The Living Arts and Science Center

Virtual Resource Lab

THE EXPERIENCE | Exhibition, Workshop, Activity, VIrtual Outreach, Field Trips

THE FOCUS | Visual Art, Music, Theatre, Dance

Starting the school year virtually is challenging, but the Living Arts & Science Center is here to help support you and your students! You can bring one of our professionally trained artists and experienced educators to your classroom VIRTUALLY, or work directly with our staff to create and facilitate companion activities to your lessons. Classroom Support: LASC teaching artists can create companion crafts and lessons to enhance what is happening in your classroom. Staff are also available for live artist conversations and can connect you with amazing STEAM professionals for live Q&A sessions. The Living Think: LASC has unveiled a new YouTube channel called The Living Think. There you will find  free video resources and lesson plans that align with state standards.

CONTENT AREAS | Arts and Science with cross-disciplinary content available across all subjects

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | K-12th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live, Video

Scheduled on Request

COST | Varies

Laurie Preston

E lpreston@lasclex.org

P (859) 252-5222

W lasclex.org


University of Kentucky Art Museum

Art Sightings

THE EXPERIENCE | Exhibition, Activity, Looking at Art, Conversation

THE FOCUS | Visual Art

During an Art Sightings session, a museum guide will walk your class/group through the steps of “reading” artworks by facilitating close observation and discussing what we notice and think about while looking at pieces from our current exhibitions and collection. Several thematic options are available.

CONTENT AREAS | Visual Arts

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL | K-12th

TYPE OF EXPERIENCE | Live

Scheduled on Request

COST | Free

Dan Solberg

E dan.solberg@uky.edu

P (859) 562-2353

W finearts.uky.edu/art-museum