God Save the Queen – Cancels Tour
We learned this week that God Save the Queen unilaterally canceled their North American tour and they will no longer be performing at SKyPAC on February 18, 2017. Since the notification, we have been working with agents to find a replacement show, and we have a great one: The Ultimate Queen Celebration starring Marc Martel which will perform at SKyPAC on June 10, 2017. If you are an American Idol fan, you may remember Marc’s outstanding performance that brought everyone to their feet. Currently known worldwide as the greatest Freddy Mercury singer today, we are delighted to have Marc with us in June. For those who have already purchased seats for God Save the Queen, your tickets will be honored for the upcoming show, and you will retain the same seats. Should you be unable to attend the June 10, 2017, performance, please contact our ticket office at 270/904-1880. Thank you for your understanding. We believe the Ultimate Queen Celebration… (Read More)
SKyPAC Holiday Hours
SKyPAC will be CLOSED Friday, December 23, Monday, December 26, Friday, December 30, and Monday, January 2. Tickets can still be purchased at theskypac.com. As another year comes to an end, we sincerely thank you for your continued support. The SKyPAC Board of Directors and Staff look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
Give a Gift Made in Kentucky Campaign Kicks Off
Tom Musgrave firstname.lastname@example.org 502-892-3122 KY FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2016) —The Kentucky Arts Council, with the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, launched the 2016 “Give a Gift Made in Kentucky” campaign today. The campaign, which features a variety of work by Kentucky-based artists, will run through Dec. 31. Artists in Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted, Architectural Artists and Performing Artists directories as well as Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship recipients will feature their studios, galleries and shops for holiday open houses and other events showcasing their work. In addition, the Give a Gift Web pages will feature holiday events from the arts council’s Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations. These events will run through the entire “Give a Gift” campaign, and are located throughout the state. The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, where visitors can purchase fine Kentucky-made products from more than 700 Kentucky artisans year-round, has a busy schedule of artist demonstrations, book signings, musical performances and more throughout the holiday… (Read More)
Your Giving Story could help raise funds for SKyPAC!
Your Giving Story could help raise funds for SKyPAC! What inspires you to give? Tell the story of a time you supported SKyPAC in a way that was meaningful to you. Details of the Contest and a link to enter are below. #MyGivingStory is Back! We are excited to share that #MyGivingStory is back for a second year to help you share why you support nonprofits this #GivingTuesday and beyond. #MyGivingStory is a nationwide campaign and social media storytelling contest that will foster a public discussion about the reasons people give. Working in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Facebook, we are asking “everyday givers” to reflect upon why they give to a certain nonprofit organization and then share these personal stories on social media. The winners’ featured nonprofit organizations will receive $2,500-10,000 grants! How will the #MyGivingStory contest work? The call for submissions is open now through December 31, 2016! Individuals can post short essays (150 word minimum) on the #MyGivingStory tab of… (Read More)
Gingerbread Homes for the Arts Contest Winners Announced
The following are the winners of the 2nd Annual Gingerbread Homes for the Arts contest. Thank you to everyone for your participation! Winners please come to the SKyPAC Administration Office on Monday, November 28th between 10:00AM – 5:00PM to pick up your prizes. Professional Category First Place Cathy Adams and Joanie Duncan – “A Holiday Open House” Second Place Sophia Holland – “The Night Before Christmas” Third Place Marie Meszaros/Mary Jane’s Chocolate’s – “Home on the Lake” Honorable Mention Elizabeth Rhodes- Art Studio Bob Love- The Capitol Elizabeth Buckley – Christmas House Sweet Temptations – The North Pole People’s Choice Award-Professional Category Elizabeth Buckley – The Square Cakes & Catering – Edmonton, KY Amateur Category First Place Barbie Tatman, Debbie Brunk & Parke Tatman – “TOPPER” Second Place Teresa Cash & Audra Robinson – BGWC Humane Society Third Place Dr. Drobocky’s Orthodontist Office – “Kentucky Homestead” Honorable Mention Buddy House Chandler Park Assisted Living People’s Choice Award – Amateur Category… (Read More)
Cirque Dreams Holidaze – Food Factoids!
The 30 member international cast of CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE may not have a fat cell amongst them. Yet, according to Neil Goldberg, the artistic director and creator of the world renown CIRQUE DREAMS brand of entertainment, claims “They eat constantly, however there will be no egg nog!” Every Cirque Dreamer maintains exquisitely proportioned physiques that are muscular, yet lean and sleek. According to Goldberg, each 2 hour CIRQUE DREAMS performance requires the same stamina as an NBA basketball game or NFL football game. “On the average, a performer can lose up to five pounds per show” said Goldberg. Have the performers of CIRQUE DREAMS discovered a magical formula that we don’t know about? Goldberg doesn’t think so. “For starters, just to be considered for an audition, females must be able to do 50 push ups, men I00 push ups. Also, they must adhere to a strict regimen of training, which includes 30-minute warm-up and stretch classes, workshops, full rehearsals and… (Read More)
Behind the Curtain
“The willing suspension of disbelief,” is a concept well known in the world of theatre, a term coined in 1817 by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, with roots that can be traced back to Shakespeare’s Prologue from The Cronicle History of Henry the Fifth: “[…] make imaginary puissant […] ’tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings […] turning accomplishment of many years into an hourglass.”
Blues in Schools Makes Its Way to Butler Co.
The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) partners with the Kentucky Blues Society again to take the Blues in Schools program to the Butler County Middle and High Schools on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. The group is composed of keyboard player and vocalist, Kenny Lee, harmonica player, Lee Hammer and guitarist, Jim Morris, also known as former professional wrestler “Hillbilly Jim.” The group will conduct two Blues workshops, one each at the middle school and high school in Butler County. Each student participant in the workshops will receive their own harmonica provided courtesy of Hohner Harmonica and SKyPAC. “The Kentucky Blues Society has been teaching Kentucky’s rich Blues history through the Blues in Schools since 2005, as well as involving students in Blues performance and musical techniques. The first Blues guitar recording ever made was by a Kentuckian. We look forward to taking this program to Butler County schools and working with the students there,” says Kentucky Blues member, Kenny Lee…. (Read More)
Orchestra Kentucky Proudly Announces New Executive Director
Orchestra Kentucky is proud to announce the appointment of Scott Watkins as our new Executive Director. Scott previously served as the Executive Director of the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He started his orchestra management career at the Dallas Symphony and thereafter served in leadership positions at Symphony Arlington, Corpus Christi Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, and the South Arkansas Symphony. He has studied music and received degrees from Northern Arizona University, University of Phoenix, and University of North Texas. Watkins has been awarded the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership and was a finalist for the League of American Symphony Orchestra’s Fellowship Program. Scott and his wife, Karen, have five children (two in college), two cats, and a dog. We hope you will join us in welcoming Scott and his family to our community. Orchestra Kentucky 270-846-2426 | 855-232-1452 (toll free) email@example.com www.OrchestraKentucky.com
KyAEA Recognizes Jessica Snodgrass as Museum Art Educator of the Year
The Kentucky Art Education Association (KyAEA) recognized Jessica Snodgrass as the 2016 Museum Art Educator of the Year at their annual conference. Snodgrass is the Marketing and Visual Arts Gallery Director at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) in Bowling Green, KY. Each year, the KyAEA honors excellent art educators who have performed outstanding service through their commitment to arts advocacy in Kentucky schools, communities, and institutions. This year’s KyAEA conference was held on September 30 – October 1, 2016 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. Kim Soule, past President of the KyAEA and Greenwood High School Art Educator, had this to say, “Jessica is instrumental in coordinating teachers and exhibits for all. She is a wonderful community educator and deserving of this award.” “SKyPAC is proud to have Jessica as our Visual Arts Gallery Director. We feel she understands and appreciates the importance of the core values that the arts bring to enriching everyone’s lives,” said Rick… (Read More)