Art in the Bluegrass: The Living Arts and Science Center

Jen Roytz


Art and science. Seemingly on opposite ends of the intellectual spectrum, but from website creation and cooking to automobile design, architecture and more, they have come together time and time again to create some of the great advancements of our time.

Since 1968 the Living Arts and Science Center has been committed to sharing this collaboration of creativity with students throughout Lexington. This year their signature event, H’Artful of Fun on April 28th, will be a Golden Gala in celebration of their 50-year anniversary.

“Since we’re celebrating a milestone, everything will be a little bit grander,” said Heather Lyons, Executive Director of the Living Arts and Science Center. “Everything we do is about integrating the arts and the sciences, so there will be many ways we work that into the evening, from the food and décor to interactive demonstrations for guests throughout our facility and in the planetarium.”

This year’s H’Artful of Fun will be held in the Lexington Arts and Science Center, which underwent a $5.5 million expansion in 2016. The evening will also include a one-of-a-kind original art auction, live and silent auctions and live music from Lee Carol’s Soul Jazz trio.

“We have some fabulous live auction items this year, including a beautiful beach house in Florida that’s located in a gated community and has been stunningly decorated; a rare Alexander the Great coin that has been made into a gorgeous necklace, a bourbon dinner for 12 at Buffalo Trace catered by Dupree Catering in their Master Distiller’s Room, two special planters created by John Carloftis and a rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle,” said Lyons. “We also have a private catered art tour for 12 people in Mayor Jim Gray’s Gratz Park home. He is a well-known art collector and his collection is quite impressive.”

Proceeds from the H’Artful of Fun Golden Gala will go toward supporting the Living Arts and Science Center’s mission to inspire participation in the arts and sciences in young people throughout Kentucky. The 18,000-square foot facility, which includes Lexington’s only planetarium, regularly host students from across the Commonwealth for field trips and can also work with schools to tailor educational experiences centered around discovery, exploration and creativity for the classroom. •

Tickets for the H’Artful of Fun Golden Gala can be purchased for $100 before April 21st. (Tickets purchased after April 21st are $125.)

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