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Our Mission

The Martin Luther King Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex connects community through the arts.


Our Programs

We engage central Ohio through performing, cultural and educational programs of high artistic merit that increase and disseminate knowledge regarding the vast and significant contributions of African-Americans to the culture and history of America and the world.


Our History

Opened in March 1987, after the renovation of the Pythian Theater, The King Arts Complex is located on the near East side of Columbus, Ohio, in one of the oldest areas of African-American life in the city. With an additional renovation, Phase II opened in October 1989 creating a 60,000 square foot facility. Serving as a major anchor for development in the King-Lincoln District, The King Arts Complex is an oasis for cultural and educational activities as well as community facility for special events.


Our Team

Demetries J. Neely

Executive Director

tel. (614) 645-0691

Jevon Collins

Performing Arts Director

tel. (614) 645-0643

Lyn Logan-Grimes

Cultural Arts Director

tel. (614) 645-0676

Linda Broadnax

Executive Assistant

tel. (614) 645-0635

Darla Reid

Facilities Director

tel. (614) 645-0628

Jessica Johnson

Finance Director

tel.  (614) 645-0694

Hellen Corder


tel. (614) 645-0674

Alice Lyles

Finance Assistant

tel. (614) 645-0641

Victor O’Hara

Facility Supervisor

tel. (614) 645-5464

Jeff Thompson

Facility Technician

tel. (614) 645-5464

Betty Upchurch

Volunteer Coordinator

tel. (614) 645-0695

Casey McCarty

Marketing Specialist

tel. (614) 645-0695