A Vibrant Past
Sacred Heart Schools’ Ursuline Arts Center has a unique history on the Ursuline Campus. Built in 1924 by the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville and called Ursula Auditorium, the building was initially used by Ursuline College and Sacred Heart Academy for its dramatic and choral performances. It was later used by Sacred Heart Model School, the K-8 co-ed school on the Ursuline Campus. In 1968, the Ursuline School of Music (now Sacred Heart School for the Arts) was founded by the Ursuline Sisters, and soon the building was used for music lessons and recitals, and later dance and drama lessons and productions. Even our preschool students from Ursuline Montessori School and Ursuline Child Development Center (now Sacred Heart Preschool) enjoyed use of the building. Community organizations also rented the historic auditorium for performing arts productions.
A Promising Future
As part of the Sacred Heart Schools Ursuline United Capital Campaign, an 18-month renovation of Ursula Auditorium began in 2007. The largest project in the Sacred Heart Schools Campus Master Plan, Ursuline Arts Center is now a shining jewel on 48-acre Ursuline Campus and in the St. Matthews and Crescent Hill communities. The $4.5 million renovation and expansion of the Tudor Gothic building reflects the thought and care that went into the planning. In January 2010, the professional caliber venue was opened to the public.
The Ursuline Arts Center continues the tradition of excellence that first began in 1877 on the Ursuline Campus. It is not an auditorium. Ursuline Arts Center is a cultural resource that enlightens, educates and captivates.
Ursuline Arts Center will enrich the lives of children and adults and strengthen the value of the arts by serving as a resource for arts and education programs.