Arts and Culture
NKU's two art galleries exhibit art by regional, national and international artists, as well as work created by graduating NKU art students. The galleries engage in outreach programs and experimental projects and provide a forum for traditionally underrepresented individuals to display their work for the community.
Northern Kentucky's premier special events facility, the Bank of Kentucky Center opened in the spring of 2008 on the campus of Northern Kentucky University and is home to NKU's men's and women's basketball teams. It also features first-class concerts, family shows and a wide variety of sporting events.
The Broadway Chorus Tour Troupe is a unique group voices that perform the great choral literature of the Broadway theatre, including all the golden oldies and standards that everyone knows and loves, from as far back as the 30s and 40s all the way up to the present. The group will perform for audiences ranging from area P-12 schools to community and civic groups and at various university events.
The Center partners with public and private organizations to explore, preserve, document, and interpret the stories of the people and communities of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and Southwestern Ohio, and Southeastern Indiana. Services are provided through active collaboration aimed at enhancing partner growth and sustainability. Products include articles, books, documentaries, educational planning, encyclopedias, exhibits, grants, oral histories, and programming.
In partnership with the departments of music and theatre and dance, Community Connections coordinates the presentation of arts and humanities programs to schools in the northern Kentucky region. These "ArtReach" events are scheduled by NKU faculty and staff during the spring and fall semesters.
This high-energy troupe will discover movement and fitness through dance. Dance for Fitness will explore Hip-Hop, African, Latin, Jazz, Modern, and Ballet! The group will perform for P-5 schools.
The Dance Tour Troupe is leaping, spinning, twirling and whirling and ready to lift your spirits. This group is available to perform their diverse dance selections for you, including ballet, modern, jazz, tap and musical theatre numbers. DANCE TROUPE will perform for audiences ranging from area P-12 schools to community and civic groups and at various university events.
The planetarium has showings on special Fridays and Saturdays that offer a chance to learn about topics on and off the Earth. Travel through time and space to look at the formation of the moon, a future solar eclipse in the area, ancient monuments around the world, or a cave in Kentucky. Check the web site for program information and a calendar of events.
The Improv Team is a traveling comedy troupe performing spontaneous skits and sketches for audiences of all ages. Performance topics are developed through audience suggestions and interaction. The group will perform for audiences ranging from area P-12 schools to community and civic groups and at various university events.
Collections focus on (1) the archaeology of Northern Kentucky and the middle Ohio Valley, (2) contemporary ethnological arts of Native Americans, and (3) contemporary ethnological and folk arts of world cultures, especially those of Latin America, Africa, and New Guinea. The museum offers displays, exhibitions, public lecture and film series, tours, and other specifically designed, educational programs for groups of all ages.
Northern Kentucky University offers a variety of exciting and creative musical performances from NKU students, area musicians and professional musicians.
The Northern Kentucky University Music Preparatory Department is an outreach program serving the community by providing quality musical instruction to students of all ages, not for credit. The instruction is for those interested in college preparation, for children experiencing an introduction into the world of music, and for adults who would like to develop or explore their talents for their own enjoyment.
The Musical Theatre Tour Troupe offers a lively revue-format performance of songs and dances from the American musical theatre scene. The group will perform for audiences ranging from area 6-12 schools to community and civic groups and at various university events.
During the Fall and Spring semesters, the NKU department of theater mounts six to eight productions in the NKU Corbett Theatre and the Black Box Theatre. Shows presented range from classics of dramatic literature to contemporary comedy, drama, and musicals.