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.

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Our Team

Demetries J. Neely

Executive Director

Linda Broadnax

Executive Assistant
tel. (614) 645-0635

Gamal Brown

Cultural Arts Director
tel. (614) 645-0676


Jevon Collins

Performing Arts Director
tel. (614) 645-0643

Hellen Corder

Front Desk Receptionist
tel. (614) 645-0674

Lyn Logan-Grimes

Exhibition Curator

Alice Lyles

Finance Assistant
tel. (614) 645-0641

Casey McCarty

Marketing Manager
tel. (614) 645-0642

Darla Reid

Facilities Director
tel. (614) 645-0628

Jeff Thompson

Facility Technician
tel. (614) 645-5464

Betty Upchurch

Volunteer Coordinator
tel. (614) 645-0695

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