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For 50 years, the Norton Center has shared diverse stories that entertain, encourage and connect communities. It’s what we do. We foster inclusivity and access to the arts by bringing you acclaimed performers with dynamic stories to tell.

Follow along as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary by taking a look back — and a look forward — with stories that build bridges and cultivate creative ideas!

Actors in the opera Otello on the Newlin Hall stage.

The Grand Entrance of Centre’s Improbable, Impossible Dream

It was early June 1973, and Centre College watched on as construction crews gradually left behind campus until…

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Cimarron performing on stage with an audience watching

Cultural Exchange from the Classroom to the Stage

When Colombian joropo band Cimarrón arrived at the Norton Center on September 7, it was clear that Danville…

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The Joy of the Arts

It’s the “uniqueness” of the Norton Center: what drew in Joy Joy Htet as a Centre College freshman,…

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This is the place to celebrate!

A Note From the Executive Director 

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Ray Charles sits at a piano. Other people playing instruments sit behind him

Dancing on Air

Many music legends have walked through the Norton Center halls, but when Ray Charles arrived, he didn’t walk…

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Five people look down at artwork lying on a table.

Cross-Campus Collaboration

What started as a casual chat between colleagues became a hands-on research project that will immortalize the work…

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