WeWork Arts Impact Award: Commonwealth Theatre Center

This award honors an organization that has demonstrated a significant impact in the Louisville community through the arts—Commonwealth Theatre Center (CTC). Home to the Walden Theatre Conservatory and Blue Apple Outreach, the CTC is the region’s most comprehensive theater training and arts education organization, serving 50,000-plus youth and 5,000-plus adults each year. The Walden Theatre Conservatory challenges young people through a rigorous, nationally-recognized pre-professional program that provides a foundation for a career in the arts while imparting valuable life skills and lifetime friendships. In addition to extracurricular programs and camps throughout the school year and summer, students take the stage in a full season of professionally produced shows. Meanwhile, Blue Apple Outreach, built on more than 40 years of innovation and excellence, delivers theatre practices and experiences to schools and community partners year-round. Touring shows bring classic stories to life for our region’s schoolchildren, and interdisciplinary workshop and residency programs enrich math, science, social studies, language arts and life skills curricula for early childhood through high school. Altogether, the CTC services 243 schools and community centers across 63 zip codes and 17 counties in Kentucky and Indiana.