The Norton Center For The Arts pursues personal engagements with its constituents and presents artists that surpass typical expectations in an effort to form a long-term trust among the institution, the College and its patrons.
The Center’s reach extends far beyond the campus and Danville, as each year more than 5,000 elementary, middle, and high school students enjoy matinees of main stage performances at discounted rates. Centre College students and residents of the surrounding area also benefit from Norton Center activities by participating in lectures, seminars, master classes, and symposia surrounding various programs.
The goal of the Norton Center For The Arts Student Matinee Series is to provide teachers and students with a performing arts journey into global cultures and history, while supplying educators with curriculum guides specifically created for the performance or program that meet national and state standards for lessons in Music, Arts-Humanities, History and/or Social Studies – responding to the decrease in classroom focus on these subject areas. Because we know and appreciate how important it is to plan and identify field trips as educational experiences, we provide curriculum connections and activities related to these shows. The Norton Center’s Arts for the Classroom Ticket Subsidy (ACTS) program provides FREE or deeply discounted matinee tickets to qualifying public schools, allowing area students the opportunity to engage with acclaimed international artists without leaving Central Kentucky.
Great performances are often just the beginning of a lifelong connection to the creativity that crosses our stages each season. At the Norton Center, we provide opportunities for our audience to deepen its connection to the arts in many ways. In addition to Creative Conversations and Gatherings, the Norton Center offers Panel Discussions, a yearly Notes from the Faculty Series, and numerous workshops and masterclasses. Look for these opportunities and more on individual performance pages each season.