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Speed Art Museum

Established in 1927, the Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum with over 12,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Its extensive collection spans 6,000 years, ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art.

The museum has distinguished collections of 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting, 18th century French art, Renaissance and Baroque tapestries, and significant holdings of contemporary American painting and sculpture. African and Native American works also represent a growing segment of the museum's collection.

The Speed also houses paintings, sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts by Kentucky artists and created for Kentuckians.

Louisville Ballet

Whether it’s the gentle lapping of the Ohio River along the shore. Or the steady hum of morning traffic on Main Street. Or the earthy tempo of horses galloping at Churchill Downs. Or even the friendly tone of people greeting each other. Everything follows a distinctive rhythm that’s unique to our city. We call it the pulse of Louisville.

It’s this pulsating energy of our city that has shaped the Louisville Ballet over the last 50 years. Each one of us, from the artistic team to office personnel and support staff, continues to be driven by this lifeblood of creativity.

Louisville Orchestra

The Louisville Orchestra has a proud history of providing world-class performances to the greater Louisville community. With series ranging from Classics to NightLites to Pops, a robust educational curriculum, summer events such as ROARchestra at the Louisville Zoo, and the family orKIDStra series; The Louisville Orchestra is proud to be a contributing and vibrant part of our community.

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

The Oldest Free Independently-Operating Shakespeare Festival in the Nation, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival began with the vision of actor, director and producer C. Douglas Ramey in the late 1950’s. His desire to bring the works of William Shakespeare to the neighborhoods surrounding historic Old Louisville has grown tremendously, now serving the Commonwealth at large. Incorporated in 1960, and designated The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival by the Kentucky Legislature in 1984, we work year–round to make Shakespeare accessible to urban and rural communities alike.

Kentucky Center

Although the Kentucky Center does not have a "gallery," a diverse array of 20th-century works of art is on permanent public display throughout the facility, featuring the works of world-renowned artists like Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Jean Dubuffet, Louise Nevelson, Joan Miro, Malcolm Morley and Tony Smith. A number of local and regional artists’ works are also on display. Don't wait for a performance to visit; enjoy the works anytime!