A Humanities Laboratory for Imaginative and Innovative Education
What can ballet teach a future physician about the natural sciences? Who should document the stories behind Kentucky's opioid crisis? How does classic art inform sustainable design?
What role does humanities play in an increasingly digital and STEM-focused world?
Founded in 1984 by a generous gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center for the Humanities functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education on the University of Kentucky's campus. Devoted to cultivating an appreciation of the humanities in its students and faculty, the Center embraces varied paths of knowledge, and particularly strives to integrate creative work with traditional academic learning.
represented by Gaines' students, faculty
annually by Gaines programming, events
What We Do
Our prestigious Gaines fellowship is the highlight of many UK alums' college experience.
With creative programming, we bring the humanities to thousands of Kentuckians each year.
The entire Gaines Center community is proud to advocate for arts and cultural education, research, and funding.