Covington Arts is a city-wide initiative embracing arts and culture as a driver of economic impact with our partners and our community. Together, we attract and support artists and creative entrepreneurs; build strong and long-standing relationships; and improve quality of life through innovative programming.
Covington Arts Past and Present
The City of Covington proudly supports Covington Arts as part of its economic development. In 2007, the City of Covington and MKSK (formerly KGG) began an innovative collaboration where both public and private entities co-existed under one roof called the Artisans Enterprise Center.
A grant secured from the Kentucky General Assembly in the amount of $450,000 provided the funding necessary to rehab the building and create a public arts venue for the community.
Today, in keeping with the spirit of the new brand for the City's arts initiative, the AEC has been renamed Covington Arts. The venue is a public resource center for local artists, businesses, and the creative community with approximately 5,000 square feet of programmable space including an art gallery, conference room, and educational facility.
State-level Certification as an Arts and Cultural District
Covington Arts received state-level certification from the Kentucky Arts Council and is one of five arts and cultural districts within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Covington Arts includes four cornerstone organizations: Covington Arts, Covington’s community art center and gallery; the Carnegie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, housed in a restored original Carnegie library building; Baker Hunt Arts and Cultural Center, Covington’s oldest arts education institution; and Behringer Crawford Museum, the city’s oldest museum where visitors can get a real sense of Covington’s culture and heritage. It also includes the Licking River Greenway a recreational trail along the banks of the winding Licking River, floodwall murals by Robert Dafford portraying the history of Covington, an extensive parks system and Mainstrasse Village’s restaurants, taverns and specialty retail shops representing Covington’s German heritage and a host of other unique destinations.
Covington Arts Rebrand
Covington Arts is proud to introduce its new look. In 2009, the City partnered with NKU Professor Hans Schellhas and Graphic Design student Brandon Wells to conduct a full four phased branding consultation. The process involved many community focus groups, individual interviews and market research. The Covington Arts kinetic logo represents the unique diversity, creativity, and energy of Covington which expresses the surprise, fun and constant change of dynamics related to this thriving community.