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The Carson Center

Entertain, Educate, & Inspire

The Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center (Carson Center) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit regional performing arts center visited by more than a million people from throughout the nation since opening in 2004 in historic downtown Paducah, Kentucky.

The Carson Center mission is to improve the quality of life of children, youth, and adults with programming that entertains, educates, and inspires.

Objectives include increasing appreciation and understanding of the arts among all ages, providing access to the arts for people of all economic backgrounds, and improving economic development and tourism.

Support the Carson Center and Your Community

  • The Carson Center has a powerful economic impact on the Four Rivers region ($10 million to $14 million annually in recent years).
  • The Carson Center is a cornerstone of artistic, cultural, and community life – a gathering place for people of all ages.
  • Premiere artists from throughout the world perform at the Carson Center, one of the most beautiful venues in the nation.
  • Approximately 20,000 preschool through high school students experience superb performances and learning activities in our Class Acts Education Series every year.