Arts & Culture
The Center for Rural Development fosters a culture of creativity throughout our region. Through our Arts & Culture Focus Area, The Center is a hub of activity, hosting performing arts series, special concerts, and events that enrich, entertain, and inspire the imagination of people of all ages.
In partnership with Lake Cumberland Performing Arts, The Center provides entertainment and educational programming through our Center Stage,and School Time Theatre series in our state-of-the-art 760-seat performing arts theatre. Renowned touring theatre and performing arts productions take the stage annually as part of Center Stage. School Time Theatre brings educational performances to students that align with critical content in Kentucky classrooms.
The Center understands that resources are stretched thin in many of our region’s school districts. Our Arts and Culture Outreach activities take our educational performances directly into schools, exposing students to the cultural experiences they deserve.
In addition, The Center hosts numerous special concerts and events that bring some of entertainment’s biggest names to our venue. Musical greats like Merle Haggard and Percy Sledge have performed to thousands in The Center’s Exhibit Halls, and new events are added every day.
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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Lake Cumberland Performing Arts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
These performances are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Kentucky Arts Council.