LexArts names Downtown Arts Center programming coordinator

Lexington actor and former business owner Leslie Beatty has been named the new program coordinator for the Downtown Arts Center.

Leslie Beatty, program director for the Downtown Arts Center. Photo by Hilary Brown.

Leslie Beatty, program director for the Downtown Arts Center. Photo by Hilary Brown.

Her position is part of an initiative by LexArts to reinvigorate the Main Street facility, which opened in 2002 but has never quite reached the level activity that was hoped for.

On Tuesday, representatives from most of Lexington’s theaters met at the center and toured the third-floor space that was supposed to be an experimental theater and cabaret space, but remains unfinished. The fourth floor, which once housed the offices of Actors Guild of Lexington is currently vacant, and the first-floor black box theater has seen a decline in business since financial pressures forced AGL, formerly the theater’s primary tenant, to abandon its previously announced season.

Hiring Beatty and launching an initiative are part of LexArts’ effort to turn the center around.

“We want the DAC to be a creative laboratory where artists have the freedom to experiment and stretch their creative genius,” said LexArts’ president and CEO, Jim Clark, in a news release.

Beatty, who begins work Monday, said. “My goal is to present fresh and exciting programs that serve the arts-savvy public and also attract new and

or underserved audiences to the arts.”

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