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It's fresher. Giftier. Craftier than ever! This year's 100 American Craftsmen not only features the best in craft art--from home dec to sparkly bling--but a brand new experiential art space called the "Annex Market." Discover new artists with different approaches, an exhibit of craft media by the next gen artists from SUNY Buffalo State's design program, and more! Visit our redesigned website for exhibitors, and download a $1 off discount coupon. Special thanks to our event sponsor, M&T Bank, and media sponsor, The Buffalo News.


Continuing through June 7. Robert Wood is a professor of design and coordinator of the ceramics program at SUNY Buffalo Statre. He is joined by 12 alumni including Leeann Catanzaro, Brett Coppins, Chanda Glendinning, Carrianne Hendrickson, Bethany Krull, Scott Losi, Sarah McNutt, Richard Nickel, Ann Perry-Smith, Matthew SaGurney, Aurora Hughes Villa, and Travis Winters. During 100 American Craftsmen: May 30, 11 am-5 pm and May 31, Noon-4 pm.


Fine Arts League of Buffalo 62nd Annual Spring Juried Open Exhibition, June 15-July 19; public reception June 28

Ontario Plain Group of Twelve, July 26-August 30

Vietnam Veterans: Our Photo Album, Sept. 13-Oct. 11

Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society Exhibit, Oct. 18-Nov. 15

Montessori Preschool: Register Now for 2015/2016!

Now is the time be thinking about your preschool plans for next fall. The Kenan Center's Montessori Preschool offers an exceptional learning environment with a small class size, plus lots of family involvement, at a very competitive price. Call and make an appointment for a personal tour, today! 433-2617. Read more on our Education page.

New! KidQuest Summer Programs for Kids!


This summer, all the best fun can be found at Kenan Center! During our 6-week KidQuest program, children ages 7-15 can take part in a day long recreational program; little ones ages 3-6 can enjoy an hour-long KidVentures program with a different weekly theme and activity every day; young thespians ages 6-11 can work on their skills in our Summer Theatre Enrichment program; and the Whimsical Sculpture project returns! Plus, there will a mini camp for our Montessori Preschool students to get ready for the academic year, and a free, all-ages performance by the zany acting troupe, N.U.R.T., from Niagara Univeristy. Click here to visit the Education page for details and registration forms. Sports & Recreation forms click here.

KENAN SPEAKER SERIES 2015: Author & Lecturer Lauren Winner

In this on-going series of topical lectures on religion and culture, the Kenan with the First Presbyterian Church of Lockport, is proud to present Lauren Winner, Saturday, September 26, 3 pm. The program will be followed by a reception in the Kenan House. Winner is the author of numerous books including Girl Meets God, Still: Notes on a Midlife Crisis, and her newest book, Wearing God. Winner is currently an Associate Professor of Christian Spiritualty at Duke Divinity School. A book discussion will also take place in early September. Tickets will be $10 general public and $5 for students with ID. On sale dates to be announced.

Improv Comes to the Kenan Center!

Defiant Money Improv is Karen Eichler and Andy Spragge, and they're bringing some hilarity to the Taylor Theater twice a month from may through December. You can attend an Improv show for $10 or a jam for $5 ($1 for DMI worksjhop grads). All shows and jams start at 7 pm. For more info, go to . For a complete list of dates, click here.

RENTALS: Book Now for Your Special Event or Party

The Kenan Center is the perfect setting for a wedding, reception, meeting, or private party. Both indoor and outdoor spaces are available. Summer dates are limited and fill up quickly. To learn more about fees and amenities, contact Alyssa Neglia at 433-2617. Click here to read more and download a brochure.

Check out videos of Kenan Center events on our YouTube channel!

Be Here! Upcoming Kenan Center Events & Programs:


May 3 GALLERY: Opening Extraordinary Forms IV


May 29-31 SPECIAL EVENT: 100 American Craftsmen


June 2 THEATER: Defiant Monkey Improv Jam, 7 pm.

June 3 THEATER: Defiant Monkey Improv Show, 7 pm.

June 15 GALLERY: Opening Fine Arts League of Buffalo Exhibit

June 28 GALLERY: Reception Fine Arts League of Buffalo Exhibit

Click to go to our Calendar page.

Winter Closing

Weather-related Closings The Kenan Center (Business Office and Gallery) and Preschool are closed when the Lockport Schools are closed due to weather. Events scheduled for days when the Center is closed due to weather may still take place. Please refer to local TV stations for event cancellations. You can also call the Kenan Center Business number at 433-2617 for a recorded voicemail message about cancellations. The Kenan Arena and recreational programs may take place even if the Center is closed. If you have children in a program that is cancelled, you will be contacted. You can also call the Arena at 433-2619 to inquire if a program is cancelled. Generally, a decision to cancel a recreational program is made in the afternoon of a weather-related event. Promoters of special events not hosted by the Kenan Center that are cancelled due to weather are responsible for informing the public about the cancellation of their event. Again, we recommend watching your local news channel for event cancellations.

The Kenan Center is proud to be a member of the Cultural Alliance of Niagara promoting Niagara County's arts and cultural organizations as tourist, recreation and education destinations to the world. To learn more about CAN member organizations, follow our Facebook page at

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