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The Kenan Center Gallery presents the biennial NIAGARA FRONTIER ART EXHIBIT featuring works by 42 Western New York artists. Opening reception and awards, July 10, 2-5 PM. The exhibit continues through August 14. Hours: M-F, noon-5 pm; Sun, 2-5 pm. Closed Saturdays. Read more.


JULY 29TH: Kenan Barnyard

Meet animals, learn about farms, and make your own ice cream like Mr. Kenan did at his dairy. McCollum Orchards will be joining us--pick up fresh fruit and veggies while you're here--plus North Forty Pony Express. All activities included. 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. $5 per family. Call 433-2617 or visit the Kenan Center Business Office to register.

JULY 30TH: Hilarity for Charity: Stand-Up Comedy Hosted by Nicki Spin

Featuring Allie Brady, Cody Colin Chase, BC Garvey, Josh Potter, Kevin Thomas Jr, and Brandon Trusso. For ages 21 and over. $10 in advance and at the door. Taylor Theater. 8 PM. All proceeds benefit the Kenan Center.

AUGUST 12: N.U.R.T. Returns with Storytelling Fun!

The Niagara University Repertory Theatre is back to share children's favorite stories and songs for kids of all ages. Approximately 45 minutes. Free. Taylor Theater. 1 PM.

AUGUST 19: in jest Variety Theater with Nels Ross

Experience gravity-defying, knock-your-socks-off comedy, juggling, and stunts by comedian Nels Ross. $15 pers family (1 adult/2 children), or $5 person. Doors open at 10:30 AM. Taylor Theater.

NOV 5TH: Kenan Speaker Series Presents Diana Butler Bass

Ther Kenan Center and First Presbyterian Church of Lockport proudly present author, speaker, and noted historian on American religion, Diana Butler Bass. Her books include Grounded: Finding God in the World, Christianity for the Rest of Us, and others. Advance reservations are $10 for general public /$7 for students and may be made by calling 433-2617. Read more.

Coming February 11, 2017: Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor at Duke Divinity School and author of "Music, Modernity & God," and "Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music." Dr. Begbie teaches systematic theology and specializes in the interface between theology and the arts. In addition to being a musician, he is ordained in the Church of England and is director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts.


Watercolor Painting Workshop & Classes with Kathleen Giles

Kathleen will lead a "Wet-in-Wet, Flowers and Fabrics" workshop August 22-25 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. $240. Also coming up is her fall "Painting Your Best Watercolors," classes, Thursday from September 8-November 3. $160. To register, contact Kathleen Giles directly at or call 716-795-9368. Visit the Education page for class decriptions.

FOR KIDS: Register Now for Camp Invention®

Camp Invention® is designed for children entering grades 1-6, and is based on STEM academics. It will take place August 1-8 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. Register before May 10, and receive a $15 discount (multi-child discounts also available). For complete details, fees, and to register online, go to: Registrations can only be done online. Questions? Call Emily Pellicano at 433-2617, ext. 111.

KidQuest Summer Program

It's going to be a summer full of fun at the Kenan Center! Check out all the programs that are now open for registration on the EDUCATION PAGE including art, writing, theater, activities for preschoolers, ArenaPlay--a new members benefit!--plus Camp Invention®. We'll also be offering special activities for families. Watch our website for more programs added, or follow us on Facebook. Download a July-August calendar of summer programs for kids 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:


July 3 Parade Day Celebration

July 9 & 10 Lockport in Bloom

July 10 Opening: Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit

July 15 Fairy Garden Workshop, $

July 29 Kenan Barnyard, $

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

433 Locust St, Lockport, NY 14094 * 716-433-2617

Kenan Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.