Victor Sweatt 
A self-taught artist, was born in Louisville, Kentucky. The oldest of three sons, Sweatt was reared in single-family household. Victor credits his mother for his strength and determination which helped him to survive and excel in the tough inner city neighborhoods of West Louisville. An artistic visionary, Sweatt captures thought provoking, emotional moments in time, dramatically portraying human interactions and surroundings. Pushing himself to achieve his fullest visions, Sweatt explores the tremendous versatility of each medium and is very proficient in pastel, watercolor, and charcoal. Working exclusively in realism, Sweatt is inspired by the ancient Egyptians hieroglyphics. “I want to create art that is not only beautiful, but insightful, educational, and inspiring as well.” A dedicated, award winning artist, Sweat is a signature member of the Louisville Visual Art Association, the Kentucky Artist Pastel Society, and the Kentucky Watercolor Society. The art of Sweatt has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions, and appears in public and private collections throughout the United States.


The Sheryl Rouse Band
The Sheryl Rouse Band is a high-energy cover band which originated in Louisville, Ky. Covering all genres of music, this band is does it all! 

You are in for a true treat at this party. Local legend Sheryl Rouse Crawford is an electrifying entertainer! She’ll be accompanied by her 6 piece band to bring the party to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage with a little soul, a little R&B, a little blues, jazz, pop, and gospel. See her performance here.



Theater of War
ArtPlace America and the Theater of War present a special performance of the Addiction Performance Project at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts! Dramatic readings from Eugene O’Neill’s classic play “Long Day’s Journey into Night”, serve as a catalyst for guided discussions about drug abuse and addiction as they affect individuals, families, caregivers, and communities. This participatory event helps break down the stigma associated with addiction and promote healthy conversations, fostering compassion and understanding.


BRYAN DOERRIES / Artistic Director / Theater of War 
Bryan Doerries is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, and translator, who currently serves as Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions. A self-described evangelist for classical literature and its relevance to our lives today, Doerries uses age-old approaches to help individuals and communities heal from trauma and loss. Theater of War Productions uses dramatic readings of seminal plays and community conversations to confront topics such as combat-related psychological injury, end-of-life care, police and community relations, prison reform, gun violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and substance abuse and addiction.