ArtSee

Reimagining what an art center can be. The Art Center is enduring a major expansion project with a $3.65 million campaign. Thanks to our many supportive donors and a $1 million match from a generous, anonymous donor, we are more than halfway to meeting that goal!

We will generate new cultural opportunities for community members and visitors alike, while dramatically transforming the region’s creative-arts ecosystem. Our vision for 409 W. Main Street is to expand the Art Center’s dynamic and inclusive arts community while preserving the legacy of Danville’s internationally famous glassmaker Stephen Rolfe Powell.

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Phase I Success

Because of the generosity of many people, Phase I of the ArtSee campaign (matching the $1 million challenge) was concluded ahead of schedule. As a result, fabulous things have been accomplished at the Art Center of the Bluegrass: the opening of GLASS National Art Museum, Murinni Café, Fern Curated Gifts, the Art Studio, two new artist’s studios, and a culinary kitchen and classroom. In addition to tuck-pointing and painting the exterior of the entire 409 West Main Street building, the first and second floors of the interior of our “new” 1908 building have now been renovated.

Phase II Momentum
As the Art Center kicks off Phase II of our campaign, with a $1.625 million-dollar goal, here’s what we’re focusing on.

  • Restoration of the original 3rd floor ballroom of 409 W. Main St.
  • Creation of a new access structure with a lobby, elevator, and additional staircase.
  • Restoration of the windows on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
  • Addition of a small glassblowing studio.

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ArtSee Campaign Documents

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Art See Pledge Form

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Partners + Matching Million Dollar Grant

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Expansion Announcement

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Smiley Pete Article

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WKYT News Piece

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Lane Report

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GLASS National Art Museum

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Expansion Announcement

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Stephen Rolfe Powel

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Project Goals

Preserve a large, historic, structurally sound but declining building in the center of Danville by transforming it into a vibrant, active center for the arts.

Establish a glass museum that will honor the extensive artistic legacy of Stephen R. Powell, that will attract visitors from around the state and glass enthusiasts from around the world.

Establish a glassblowing studio and educational programming to share both the history of glass and its contemporary artistic applications.

Double the footprint and space of the Art Center of the Bluegrass, allowing for a needed expansion of art programs, private studios, the gift gallery etc.

Preserve a large, historic, structurally sound but declining building in the center of Danville by transforming it into a vibrant, active center for the arts.
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Niki Kinkade, Executive Director

“This is a community effort. The Art Center is the catalyst, but the benefit and impact of the expansion will benefit our entire region and state, and it’s exciting to see so much support as we set forth.”

Title Sponsor Opportunities:

Ballroom Sponsor: $400,000
Glassblowing Studio: $200,000
Education Gallery: $100,000
Upstairs Gallery 401 W. Main: $100,000
Artist Studio: $75,000
Artist Studio: $75,000

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ArtSee Campaign

The overall goal of the ArtSee campaign is $3.65 million. The success of Phase I means that we are within $1.6 million of meeting that goal and completing all the ArtSee projects. Momentum is on our side. Already, a generous commitment of $100,000 toward Phase II has been received. Please join us in supporting this project.

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Giving Options

One-time gift of cash or stocks. Multi-year payment of cash or stocks, & IRA Distribution

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Campaign Packet

Download the ArtSee Campaign Packet. Donate online below.

FURTHER INFORMATION

 If you would like further information, please contact niki@artcenterky.org or 859-236-4054.

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Committee

Niki Kinkade, Brian Hutzley, Milton Reigelman, Richard Trollinger

Connecting

  people

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art,
culture,

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Michelangelo
Walter Langley
art exhibits,

arts

education,

outreach,

community
partners.
Art Center of the Bluegrass.
We are Expanding!