The Henderson Area Arts Alliance is an umbrella organization that, through one fundraising campaign each year, provides funds to present an entire season of performing arts events at the Henderson Fine Arts Center as well as provide grant funding to six affiliate arts groups. Below are the other arts groups the Henderson Area Arts Alliance supports:
Ohio Valley Art League – Founded in September 1991 to promote the visual arts in Henderson and the Tri-State, the Ohio Valley Art League presents a variety of visual arts exhibits each year. OVAL works to engage local artists as well as bring artists from around the nation into our community. Exhibits can be viewed at the Henderson Fine Arts Center Galleries and at the Henderson Public Library Rotunda Gallery.
Henderson Fine Arts Center Galleries – Henderson Fine Arts Center Galleries present an outstanding selection of regional and national artists. A splendid opportunity for visual enjoyment awaits all who visit. Galleries are open each weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on performance nights.
Alice P. Taylor Candlelight Service – Mrs. Alice P. Taylor, founder of the Henderson Music Club, was responsible for the first Candlelight Carol Service in 1931. Today, the event continues as the Alice P. Taylor Candlelight Service, a non-denominational Christmas music service in which local choirs and soloists come together and celebrate the season. Hundreds of local residents enjoy this free service each December.
Henderson Society of Art – The Henderson Society of Art promotes local artists by offering monthly programs to expand the interest, education, and quality of work of its member artists. The organization also presents a major juried show and monthly individual events, and promotes opportunities to strengthen sales of visual art in the community. The organization’s primary juried show, “A Fresh Perspective,” can be viewed each spring in the Henderson Public Library’s Rotunda Gallery.
W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival – The W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival has become one of the largest free music festivals in the nation. The 22-year-old festival held each June is a celebration of the life and legacy of Henderson resident and “Father of the Blues,” William Christopher Handy. The festival books some of the hottest national and local blues talent. The opening day of the festival is highlighted by the “Taste of Henderson Barbecue” where you can enjoy barbecue of all varieties. Live music at the scenic Audubon Mill Park on the Henderson Riverfront continues every night from Wednesday to Saturday night. There are a host of other events throughout the week, including a Mardi Gras-style Street Strut, Handy Lunch Breaks at local eateries, lectures, dance classes, and much more.
Bluegrass in the Park and Folklife Festival – The Bluegrass in the Park and Folklife Festival has entertained the area each August for 23 years with some of the best Bluegrass music around. This free music festival takes place at Audubon Mill Park on the Riverfront in Henderson and also includes wonderful food, folklife exhibitors, children’s arts activities, a tennis tournament, a bicycle tour, and much, much more.