Welcome to KDCAH!

Katherine Dunham is probably best known as a legendary dancer who propelled the awareness of the cultures of the African Diaspora via her choreography. Her famous dance technique reflects a fusion of many cultures.

Miss. Dunham was a true renaissance woman. She was an artist, anthropologist, author, activist, manager, movie star, producer, educator, wife, mother and so much more.

The world needs to know about her wonderful life story and there’s no better learning environment than the Museum and Centers for Arts and Humanities she created.

Please take a global journey through this website and find out more about Miss Dunham’s legacy, Museum, Dance Technique, Dance Seminar, Children’s Workshop, and Membership/Giving Opportunities.

Thank you for visiting our website and we invite you back again and again.

Her legacy continues...

Mission & Goals


Photo by Steve Buhman, SIUC Photocommunications.KDCAH's fundamental purpose is to promote research and training in the arts and humanities, leading to

1) Arts-based communication techniques for people of diverse cultures, and

2) a multi-arts training program to humanize and socialize individuals as well as provide them with marketable skills.  These ends are achieved through continued scholarship in the field of inter-cultural communication, carried on by Ms. Dunham and others, and an innovative arts training program developed and perfected by Ms. Dunham in the late 1940's.



To perpetuate the Dunham Legacy by sharing the treasurers of her history and teaching all who come to us to live fuller, more productive lives through art.



COMPASSION - By engaging others with care and with the understanding that they are worthy of fulfilling their dreams.

DIVERSITY - Understanding and identifying with other cultures by embracing and respecting differences where all that come here feel valued, respected, and welcome.

EXCELLENCE - Provide a superior experience with every person that enters our realm or wherever we enter someone else’s realm.

INTEGRITY - Inspire trust through the highest standard of behavior that reflects honesty, responsibility, and fairness thereby being the role models to lead the way for future generations.

PERSERVERANCE – Promote and encourage others to never give up on their dreams by leading the way in displaying the tenacity of commitment in all aspects of the continuance of the Dunham Legacy.



Commitment and perseverance are the keys to achieving your dream and creating your legacy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Tax Status   Katherine Dunham Centers for the Arts and Humanities (KDCAH) is a registered 501 (c) (3) Illinois not-for-profit corporation.


Incorporation Date November 19, 1970