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Our Mission 

The goal of Lake Cumberland Performing Arts is to enrich the lives of the people of this region by offering a wide array of cultural and theatrical programs.  

The programs are offered to the community through three series of performances presented in partnership with The Center for Rural Development:  School Time Theatre, Children's Prime Time Theatre, and Center Stage.  

The History of LCPA

Lake Cumberland Performing Arts began in 1966 by providing cultural experiences to those that they were unable to obtain elsewhere.  The Actors Theater of Louisville came every year to Somerset, subsidized entirely by the Kentucky Arts Council.  Lake Cumberland Performing Arts also brought the Louisville Ballet to Somerset, then began branching out slowly by securing grants from the various groups in the Southern Arts Foundation (now South Arts).  With these grants, LCPA was able to bring numerous cultural events to the Lake Cumberland Area.  As the organization has grown, so has the size, quality and number of its offerings each season.  

In 1996, The Center for Rural Development opened in Somerset.  LCPA moved performances to the new 760 seat theatre and established a partnership with The Center and its staff.  

LCPA has also received strong support from city and county governments from the forty county area served by The Center for Rural Development. The local community leaders have recognized the importance of a performing arts organization in the Somerset/Pulaski County area by seeing the positive aspects LCPA brings to corporations and individuals considering a move to this area. 

The Cornelia Doozier Cooper Endowment Fund

The Cornelia Dozier Cooper Endowment Fund is its own 501(c)3 non-profit organization, promoting the performing arts through financial support for the Lake Cumberland Performing Arts. Recently, the Cooper Endowment has expanded to include $1,000 arts grants for artists and art organizations in Pulaski County including an impressive variety of talented artists, writers, musicians, theater programs and other creative projects.  The fun hosts one major fundraiser annually in December each year: The Nutcracker Ball.