Engagement & Education

XK0Z5681The Norton Center is pursuing more personal engagements with its constituents and presenting artists that surpass typical expectations in an effort to form a long-term trust among the institution, the College and its patrons. The Center’s reach extends far beyond the campus and Danville, as each year more than 5,000 elementary, middle, and high school students enjoy matinees of main stage performances at discounted rates.  Centre College students and residents of the surrounding area also benefit from Norton Center activities by participating in lectures, seminars, master classes, and symposia surrounding various programs.

The Norton Center’s 2012-2013 line-up of Professional Performances for Young Audiences is available on the K-12 Activities page or by downloading the 2012-2013 Student Matinee Brochure.


Information on Financial Assistance for Professional Performances for Young Audiences:

  • Apply for FREE or deeply reduced student matinee tickets through the Norton Center A.C.T.S. program (Arts for the Classroom Ticket Subsidy) Acts logo outlined
    Norton Center A.C.T.S. makes available a number of free or deeply discounted tickets, based on qualifying criteria*, to public schools in Kentucky to provide access for students to attend and engage in high quality and professional performing arts programs presented on our stages.

    Norton Center A.C.T.S. helps to maximize attendance and provide access to these crucial life-enhancing experiences for Kentucky youth by greatly reducing financial barriers. Due to generous support of the Wilderness Trace Community Foundation, Norton Center A.C.T.S. is currently available only for Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer County Public Schools, including Burgin and Danville Independent Schools.   Public school teachers in these areas may apply to receive an $8 subsidy per ticket, making Norton Center Student Matinee ticket prices completely FREE or just $2 per student depending on the performance.

  • Apply for FREE transportation to attend Norton Center student matinees through the Kentucky Arts Council TranspARTation Grant program.
    Arts Council 08 Logo FINAL V1The TranspARTation Grant enables Kentucky teachers and schools to offer students quality arts experiences by providing transportation funding to the individual school and classroom that applies for the grant. Grants will be based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue and the number of buses necessary. Applications are reviewed quarterly and the next deadline, for spring field trip applicants, is March 1, 2013.

    For help in applying for a TranspARTation Grant so that your school can receive money to pay for transportation costs when attending a Norton Center performance, contact us at 859-238-5759 or Dan Strauss, KY Arts Council Senior Program Analyst, at dan.strauss@ky.gov or 888-833-2787, ext. 474. For more information on the grant itself, visit the Kentucky Arts Council online.


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