Creative Conversations at the Norton Center shine a light on human interests, current events, and issue-based topics that may challenge our everyday thinking, increase our awareness, and help us to expand our exploration of the human condition.   The Norton Center is committed to engaging our campus, local, and regional communities in creative experiences, therefore these conversations often connect directly with academic classes, topics, and discussions already occurring throughout the campus and community.  Each event is custom-selected to educate, illuminate, and inspire.

*Information will also be added to each artists’ performance page once official times and locations have been determined. 

Creative Conversations during the 2018-2019 Season will occur as part of the following performances:

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Ballet Hispánico

Newlin Hall Grand Foyer  |  7:00 PM  |  Free and Open to the Public

Four multi-lingual female artists join a special representative from Ballet Hispánico in this Creative Conversation, focused on the challenges, triumphs, and true experiences of being a woman in the arts world today.  Panelists will include: Jeri Katherine Howell, a singer-songwriter arts-educator that was selected to participate in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory in recognition of artistic excellence, and recent recipient of the Kentucky Foundation for Women’s Firestarter Award ;  photographer and Centre College Assistant Professor of Art Isabella La Rocca; UK Associate Professor of New Media & Video Doreen Maloney whose work has centered around the intersection of dance, interarts, and technology; and Jill Schinberg, UK Assistant Professor of Arts Administration whose work addresses the gender gap in arts administration and who previously worked as tour manager for Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza, a choreographer whose work will be presented during the Ballet Hispánico performance.


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Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar

Hymnal to Hip Hop:  From R&B to Rap, and Gullah to Gospel, musical representations of African American culture and history have spanned genres, past to present.  Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar have used the power of contemporary gospel to share the gifts of joy, respect, and unity. Join them for a workshop focusing on the African American Experience in music, and how it has shaped the historical, political and social landscape and to gain a deeper understanding of the breadth of musical styles stemming from African American culture.

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Steel Magnolias

Details to be decided.*

This event is being presented as part of Steel Magnolias.

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Support for Creative Conversations has been provided by a gift from Dr. Jeff Johnson, Class of 1995 and Ken Michael.

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