For 50 years, Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts has been Central Kentucky’s epicenter of the performing arts. The thousands of stories shared from our stages over the last five decades have sparked countless curiosities and built an enriching cultural environment—fertile ground for creative ideas, debate and contemplation.
As a cultural center of learning, the Norton Center’s curatorial vision is rooted in sharing diverse stories that entertain, encourage and connect communities. We foster inclusivity and increase access to the arts by bringing you acclaimed performers with dynamic stories to tell.
A Distinct Kentucky Icon
The Norton Center is a culturally and architecturally distinct Kentucky icon. Designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s William Wesley Peters, the building is a model of organic architecture, tracing its origins to the Guggenheim Museum. Peters, Frank Lloyd Wright’s first apprentice, collaborated with Wright for more than a quarter-century on his most famous projects, including Fallingwater and the Guggenheim. As a result, Wright-inspired architectural elements are evident throughout the complex, from the repeated hexagonal shapes, playful use of natural light, and bold colors to the intimate performance spaces and amazing acoustics.
Within the 85,000 square foot complex are stunning performance and exhibition spaces and exceptional facilities for the College’s academic programs in dramatic arts, music, and dance. The Center’s two theaters, the 1,476-seat Newlin Hall and the intimate 367-seat Weisiger Theatre draw consistent praise from performers and audiences alike.