Glass art museum will shine spotlight on Danville

Published 9:33 am Friday, August 4, 2023


When the Art Center of the Bluegrass opens its national glass art museum downtown later this year, honoring the legacy of Stephen Rolfe Powell, a well-known marketing agency will already be hard at work to get as many eyes on Danville as possible.

The Danville-Boyle County Tourism Commission recently agreed to contribute $15,000 toward a partnership between the Art Center and the Quinn agency, which has had many successes getting Lexington in the spotlight of national media through their partnership with VisitLEX, Lexington’s convention and visitors bureau.

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The Art Center will enter into a six-month contract with Quinn, with the funds from the tourism commission paying half of the expense.

“Based on Quinn’s track record with VisitLEX, the type of media coverage they may be able to arrange would potentially get the Art Center’s glass museum in publications and on shows viewed by hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people,” said Kendall Clinton, executive director of the tourism office. “As the office charged with marketing and advertising Danville and Boyle County to potential visitors, it’s an exciting opportunity for the Danville-Boyle County Tourism Office to be able to assist the Art Center in this effort.”

With Quinn’s assistance, VisitLEX has had coverage of some of their marketing campaigns from the New York Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Forbes, The Boston Globe, Southern Living, NBC Nightly News, and CBS This Morning. They’ve also had some of their marketing campaigns mentioned on television by celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore and the rapper 50 Cent.

The Art Center’s glass museum is set to open in October inside the former federal building where they are currently housed, at the corner of Main and Fourth streets. An adjacent building at 415 W. Main Street is also being renovated and will be used as an extension of the Art Center to continue providing current programs as well as new offerings.

To learn more about the Art Center’s national glass museum project, go to