Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society (CCHS)


CCHS has partnered with many cultural and arts organizations as we work together to seek to innovate approaches for engaging contemporary opportunities and concerns.Partnerships are growing and currently include:

21c Museum Hotel, Louisville

Five 19th-century warehouses live on as more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space where curated exhibitions and site-specific installations reflect the global nature of contemporary culture. Our galleries are open every day and exhibitions rotate, so make plans to visit often, and be sure to take advantage of regular cultural programming, too.

Asia Institute, Crane House, Inc.

Crane House, The China Institute, Inc. opened in 1987 in the Old Louisville neighborhood. The institute promotes cultural understanding among the peoples of the United States and Asia through educational programs, cultural exchanges and exhibitions.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a private, non-profit educational and recreational nature preserve with 14,500 acres of natural land. Bernheim conducts research in science, natural habitats, horticulture, animal behavior, regenerative design and the environment.

Carnegie Center for Art and History

The Carnegie Center for Art and History is a history museum and contemporary art gallery located in New Albany, IN. It is known for an award-winning exhibit on the Underground Railroad and changing exhibits by local and regional artists.

Cave Hill Cemetery Heritage Foundation

Chartered by the General Assembly of Kentucky on February 5, 1848 for the purpose of operating a rural cemetery. Cave Hill was dedicated in July of that year and the transition of Cave Hill Farm into a beautiful and historic cemetery began.

Commission on Public Art

The Louisville Commission on Public Art advocates for art in spaces accessible to the public, promotes visual art in these spaces, and conserves existing public art. To have a profound reach, Louisville’s public art program must contribute to the legacy of visual art locally, nationally and internationally.

Culbertson Mansion Historic Site

Culbertson Mansion built in 1867 was the home of William Culbertson, once the richest man in Indiana. It is a historic site that represents the tastes, ideals, and lifestyle of people during the late 1800s.

Falls of the Ohio

The state park features an architecturally intriguing Interpretive Center that reflects the layers of history at the Falls of the Ohio. Exhibits inside flow through Earth’s history, focusing how this river crossroads shaped the America we know today.

Farmington Historic Plantation

Farmington is a 19th century home and former hemp plantation. The historic home, completed in 1816, is located on 18 acres in the heart of Jefferson County. Farmington provides the community with a fun, family-friendly environment to learn about Louisville’s rich history and life on a 19th century farm through preservation, exhibitions and education.

Filson Historical Society

The Filson Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving and telling the significant stories of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley history and culture. More than 12,000 people visit the society annually to conduct research, attend programs and tour the museum.

Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum brings history to life every day through exhibits, artifacts and live performances.  The Frazier tells the stories that matter most to Kentucky, igniting the human spirit and allowing visitors a chance to experience history along the way.

Historic Locust Grove

Locust Grove is a National Historic Landmark on 55 acres established by William and Lucy Clark Croghan in 1790. It tells the story of George Rogers Clark, early Kentucky history, western expansion and everyday life on the frontier.

Jewish Community Center of Louisville

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) is committed to the preservation and enrichment of Jewish and Israeli culture through educational programs, concerts, lectures, films, music, theatre, literature and exhibitions that enhance Jewish life, celebrate diversity, and promote multicultural dialogue and understanding.

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

The new Kentucky Center for African American Heritage will speak with the unique voice of the African-American people of our community. The center will host exhibitions, cultural and educational programs and lectures and will promote research and scholarship.

Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum is one of the premiere attractions in the Louisville region, celebrating the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renowned event that is the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky Historical Society

Kentucky Historical Society, originally established in 1836 as a private organization, is an agency of the Kentucky state government that "collects, preserves, conserves, interprets and shares information, memories and materials from Kentucky's past to assist those interested in exploring and preserving that heritage".

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

KMAC is a nonprofit organization established in 1981 to promote the rich art and craft heritage of Kentucky through exhibition, education, and support of artists through a retail gallery shop.

Louisville Free Public Library

The Library's mission is to provide the people of Louisville and Jefferson County with the broadest possible access to knowledge, ideas and information, and to support them in their pursuit of learning.

Louisville Arts Council

The mission of the Arts Council of Louisville is to connect, strengthen and support community arts. Activities include the creation of a comprehensive arts directory for Louisville and structures for support of artists and art activities throughout Louisville.

Louisville Public Media

Louisville Public Media (LPM) is an independent, community supported not-for-profit corporation serving our Louisville metropolitan area with three distinct public radio stations and a newly established investigative reporting unit.

Louisville Visual Art

Since 1909 the Louisville Visual Art has engaged artists and audiences through education, community outreach, artist support and exhibitions. Programs nurture creative expression and stimulate dialogue, enhancing contemporary culture and community spirit.

Louisville Zoological Gardens

The Louisville Zoological Gardens is dedicated to its mission to “Better the Bond Between People and Our Planet” by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in conservation education.

Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center serves as a cultural attraction and international education center inspired by the ideals of its founder, Muhammad Ali. The center emphasizes Alis six core values: respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving and spirituality.

Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

The museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the educational history of blind people and the historic contributions of the American Printing House for the Blind for the benefit of the visually impaired, educators and the broader community.

Portland Museum

The Portland Museum is an educational resources that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the culture and heritage of Portland, once an independent town below the Falls of the Ohio. The Museum also owns and is restoring the Earick House, a ca. 1811 heavy timber frame residence that is important to Portlands history.

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing

The Farnsley-Moremen House is the centerpiece of this 300-acre historic site. Visitors can tour the historic house and grounds, view ongoing archaeological excavations, see the kitchen garden and cruise on a riverboat from a landing.

Speed Art Museum

Established in 1927, the Speed Art Museum is Kentucky's oldest and largest art museum with over 13,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Its extensive collection spans 6,000 years, ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art.

Waterfront Botanical Garden

Established in 1993, the Waterfront Botanical Gardens was started by Botanica, an umbrella organization for the local gardening community that was started to help enlighten, entertain, and educate the community about the botanical world. Their goal is to plant seeds and grow minds for more sustainable cities.