Kentucky - Cultural Destinations

Kentucky - Cultural Destinations

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Kentucky Artisan Center (Berea)
The Kentucky Artisan Center is located in Berea, considered the folk arts and crafts capital of Kentucky. The Center opened in 2003 and was established to celebrate Kentucky's artisan heritage and to encourage Kentuckians and those visiting or traveling in Kentucky to enjoy artisan products and activities. It is also the starting point for the Kentucky Artisan Heritage Trails, driving tours to several hundred artisan and antique shops in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.

Museum of American Quilters Society (Paducah)
Opened in 1991, the Museum of American Quilters Society was established to educate, promote and celebrate today’s quiltmakers. The museum features mostly contemporary, and some antique, quilt exhibits demonstrating the breadth and depth of the craft. The core of the collection features over 200 quilt works created since 1980.

International Bluegrass Music Museum (Owensboro)
The International Bluegrass Music Museum located in Owensboro, is a fantastic homage to Kentucky’s relationship to Bluegrass music, its history and its importance as America’s original music art form. From June’s summertime ROMP (River Of Music Party), to the Kentucky Bluegrass AllStars, to RBI (Radio Bluegrass International), the IBMM is an exciting celebration of Bluegrass music tradition.

Kentucky Center (Louisville)
For nearly thirty years, the premier destination for the performing arts in Kentucky has been the Kentucky Center. Located in downtown Louisville, the Center provides a diverse offering of shows, performances and outreach programs to educate, stimulate and entertain.

Mountain Arts Center (Prestonsburg)
Located within a stone's throw of HWY 23, Kentucky’s "Country Music Highway," the Mountain Arts Center houses a performance theater, commercial recording/video editing studio, art gallery and more. The Center has established a reputation throughout a five-state area for presenting the best family entertainment north of Nashville, hosting a variety of top-line performers including Dwight Yoakam, Loretta Lynn, Montgomery Gentry, Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, The Temptations, Percy Sledge, The Kingsmen and family theater (Annie, The King and I, Nutcracker, On Golden Pond).

Paramount Arts Center (Ashland)
Originally opened in 1931 in Ashland as the Paramount Theatre, the Paramount Arts Center creates a cultural environment that reaffirms the area's Appalachian traditions while broadening the region's aesthetic parameters. Presentations encompass both the historic venue and identified outreach areas and include an average of 120 performances per year.

The Great American Brass Band Festival (Danville)
Held annually during the month of June in Danville since 1990, the Great American Brass Band Festival is a wonderful celebration that brings together music lovers from across the nation and the world. In addition to the brass band performances, the four-day event also features a hot air balloon race, picnic and other activities.

Roots and Heritage Festival (Lexington)
Born as a small community celebration nearly twenty years ago, the Roots and Heritage Festival, held in Lexington has grown into an African American celebration of epic proportions. The festival centers on a three-day weekend of events including music, fashion, sports and art, but includes activities over a month-long period featuring a golf tournament and football classic.

Festival Latino de Lexington (Lexington)
Attracting some 10,000 people representing nearly 20 countries, the Festival Latino de Lexington held annually in September in downtown Lexington is an explosion of cultural traditions and music. A winner of the 2004 Dorothy Mullen National Arts & Humanities Awards Program by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), the festival brings together the growing Latino community of central Kentucky.

Renfro Valley (south of Lexington)
For nearly seventy years, Renfro Valley (located 50 miles south of Lexington) has provided family-style entertainment for visitors to Kentucky. Originally known for its Barn Dance Show, Renfro Valley is now home to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The entertainment center features country music headliners; weekly gospel, variety and country music shows; festivals and events, and "The Gatherin’," an old-style radio show broadcast.

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