In the past several days there have been a number of developments regarding last week’s fire at The Kentucky Center and I wanted to share the latest information.
As you may know, The Kentucky Center is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Moving forward, our friends and partners at the Commonwealth Finance and Administration Cabinet are working very closely with us on all remediation, restoration efforts and the schedule for completion of the building project. The Finance Cabinet is working in coordination with Metro Louisville, The Kentucky Center, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and others to work through this process as quickly and efficiently as possible. We thank Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum III and his team for their support and leadership during this challenging time. State inspectors are currently conducting the thorough damage assessment necessary to determine the building’s safety, and time needed to complete that assessment precluded our ability to present the PNC Broadway in Louisville’s production of Waitress, scheduled June 26-July 1. This was a tough decision, but PNC Broadway in Louisville president Leslie Broecker understands and supports the decision. All ticket buyers will be issued refunds.
In the coming days, we will be in a better position to determine plans for future performances. The Center will remain closed to the public for now, but the business of The Center continues. With the Kentucky Center Foundation’s recent purchase of the Brown Theatre, we now have an alternate space in our family of venues that can accommodate a number of events and performances.
In our nearly 35 year history, The Kentucky Center building has faced other calamities, and always comes back stronger than ever. Just like the proud community we serve, when disaster strikes we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get back to work. The dedication of our staff and love from our community reminds us all that The Kentucky Center is more than a building, it is an idea that binds us together through the joy, love and power of the arts. The wonderful artists and audiences we serve at The Kentucky Center can rest assured we are doing everything in our power to get the building up and operational just as soon as we can.
Thank you for your continued support,
President & CEO
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts