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The Kenan Center House Gallery presents the Ontario Plain Group of Twelve, July 26-August 30. A public reception will be held on Sunday, July 26 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, noon-5 pm and Sundays, 2-5 pm. The Gallery is closed Saturdays until after Labor Day.


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

Read more about this 25th anniversary exhibit.

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

KidQuest Summer Programs for Kids--More Fun Continues in August!

Through August 21: Summer Recreation Program: open play from 8:30 am-6 pm with supervoised games, recreation and arts and crafts for ages 7-15 and KidVentures one-hour activity program for ages 3-6 with a different weekly theme and activity every day. Also, free, all-ages performance by the zany acting troupe, N.U.R.T., from Niagara University, August 14 at 9:30 am and--just added!--Life Size Fun on the Kenan grounds from August 11-14 with life size Twister, Checkers and Jenga from 1-5 pm. Come out and play! Read more about KidQuest programs and registration...

FREE FAMILY PERFORMANCE AUGUST 14! Join us for an all ages performance by the energetic players from NURT--the Niagara University Repertory Theatre. 9:30 am in the Taylor Theater. A reception will follow.

KENAN SPEAKER SERIES 2015: Author & Lecturer Lauren Winner, September 26

In this on-going series of topical lectures on religion and culture, the Kenan Center 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. She is an Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School as well an as ordained Episcopal priest. Only 150 seats available. Tickets are $10 general public and $5 for students with ID. To charge by phone call 433-2617 or visit the Kenan Center Business Office. Read more...

With generous financial support from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

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.

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 7 THEATER: Defiant Monkey Improv Jam, 7 pm.

July 8 THEATER: Defiant Monkey Improv Show, 7 pm.

July 11 & 12 EVENT: Lockport in Bloom, 10 am-4 pm.

July 13 KIDQUEST: Start date for Recreation, Whimsical Sculpture Project & KidVentures

July 26 GALLERY: Opening Ontario Plain Group of Twelve Exhibit


August 4 THEATER: Defiant Monkey Improv Jam, 7 pm.

August 5 THEATER: Defiant Monkey Improv Show, 7 pm.

August 11-14 FAMILY: "Life Size" Fun on the Kenan grounds. 1-5 pm.

August 14 THEATER: Free NURT Performance

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

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

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

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