Community Connections

The Community Art Connections program seeks to increase the artistic literacy of children and adults through educational programs that relate to our art exhibits. We firmly believe that increased understanding of artistic processes leads to increased appreciation for the arts and increased community investment in arts programs. The more you know about the art, the more you value it!

Elements of the Community Art Connections program include:


With each new major exhibit, we host a public Opening Reception to celebrate the talented artists in the show. These events are a great chance to meet the artists and ask questions about their work. Exhibit openings are free and open to the public.

gallery talks

We periodically invite artists from our exhibits to give a talk about their artwork and creative process. These talks are a great opportunity to go “behind the scenes” of an exhibit and learn more about how the artwork you admire is created.

field trips

The Art Center of the Bluegrass welcomes more than 1,000 students each year for hands-on arts field trips. Each visit includes a Gallery Walk, during which students discuss the art in the exhibit, and an Art Activity, during which students create their own original work inspired by the work on display. Find out more about this program here.


Whenever possible, we offer workshops and classes for children and adults that connect to current exhibits and incorporate those themes into our ongoing educational programs. For example, our fall 2019 homeschool curriculum includes an introduction to landscape art. In the spring of 2019, we offered a photography workshop during the State of Kentucky Photography Exhibition.