Lucille Caudill Little


Lucille Caudill’s love for the arts was first nurtured by her parents, Rosetta Proctor and Daniel Boone Caudill of Morehead, and was strengthened by various studies at Hamilton College; Transylvania College; the University of Kentucky; Ohio State University; Columbia University; and the Juilliard School of Music, where she earned a scholarship. After performing in New York, she later served on the faculty of Morehead State Teachers College, where she established departments of speech and drama.

Her marriage to the late W. Paul Little, a successful racehorse breeder with interests in real estate and farming, focused her attention on Central Kentucky. She made major contributions to the cultural life of Lexington, as well as helping to shape the lives of many young people. She helped to establish the Lexington Children’s Theatre, Studio Players, the Lexington Council on Social Planning, the Lexington Symphony, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Bluegrass Girl Scout Council, Fellows of the Arts, ArtsPlace, the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, and the Living Arts & Science Center. She also was a volunteer teacher at the Sayre School and a soprano soloist at Central Christian Church.

Mrs. Little contributed her time, talent, and financial resources to numerous other organizations, universities, and churches, including the Lexington Ballet, the Opera Guild of Central Kentucky, the Headley-Whitney Museum, the Central Kentucky Women’s Club, Hospice of the Bluegrass, the Salvation Army, United Campus Ministries, Lexington Theological Seminary, Midway College, First Christian Church, St. Clair Medical Center in Morehead, the Lexington Arts and Cultural Council, Lexington Musical Theatre, Actors Guild of Lexington, and the Kentucky Horse Park.

The W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Arts Endowment has established a permanent source of funding at KET for arts education, dedicated to integrating performing arts into the elementary curriculum. The Little Arts Endowment is not only a tangible confirmation of Mrs. Little’s belief in the arts, but also an investment in the future of education, the future of the arts, and the future of our children.

It is with great affection and appreciation that KET honors Lucille Caudill Little for her support of and dedication to arts education.