The Carnegie Community Arts Center has remained a valuable cultural resource for Somerset and the surrounding Lake Cumberland region, for generations after Andrew Carnegie’s original philanthropic investment in our community.
On any given day, visitors will see children and adults – carrying art supplies, musical instruments and much more – walking into the Carnegie to create, perform and inspire others. From a team of experienced professionals, the Lake Cumberland area has been given the opportunity to learn more about music and how to write and compose, more about performing from stellar vocal instruction to violin and guitar performance, more about the rudiments of drawing and painting, and more about theater and acting.
Also on any given day, small groups and large groups alike use the facility for reunions, wedding receptions, corporate luncheons and more. The remodeled downstairs – with its Bistro and Grande Piazza – lend a unique, Old World atmosphere that makes the Carnegie’s lower level a truly one-of-a-kind place in Somerset, Kentucky. This area also can be rented for private parties and receptions.
The Carnegie is also committed to showcasing fine art, by scheduling several exhibits each year.
The Carnegie Community Arts Center, known as the “Grand Dame” of Somerset, Kentucky was once the old Post Office and then the Public Library. It is now called home by many of the area’s artists.
The beautiful, historic three-story structure built in 1913 is named for the philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, who provided the first library in Somerset. The building has been renovated to accommodate exhibits, performances, wedding receptions, shops, studios, offices and a French-style market and cafe.