Jewish Community Center’s Arts Education Programs

A glimpse into the artistic offerings at the JCC


By Sarah Carter Levitch
Photos by Andrea Hutchinson


With an expansive tenure and notability in the Louisville community, the Jewish Community Center’s Arts Education Programs continue to offer dynamic opportunities for children to engage in theatre, both on and off the stage. First is their after-school program, ‘Academy,’ that serves kindergarten to eighth-grade students. Program Director of Arts and Ideas Erin Jump noted, “we explore drama and all of its elements from acting, singing and dancing to the text side. In the end, it culminates in a final production that is quite spectacular.” This year, the kids are doing Aladdin Jr., performing on Dec. 9, 11 and 12.

Second is ‘Acting Out,’ a touring theatre company that takes children’s shows to local schools in the Kentuckiana area. Within this, Jump is commissioning original plays based on PJ Library books, which are “stories that focus on Jewish faith or culture.”

Third, a new component Jump has implemented is workshops: “I wanted to bring in artists from local arts organizations like Actors Theatre or Commonwealth to give the kids a different spoonful of arts education.”

Another program of the JCC, and perhaps the most notable, is CenterStage, one of Louisville’s longest-running theatre companies, with over 100 years of history. Every year, CenterStage puts on six or seven mainstage shows. Jump reflected, “I think something that sets us apart is both our tenure and our dedication to high-quality performances for an affordable price.” 

The JCC’s Arts Education and CenterStage programs are open to the entire community and welcome all participants.

Jewish Community Center
3600 Dutchmans Ln.
Louisville, KY 40205