Reeds/Anon. Donate a Combined $75,000
More big news: On 4/6, we announced $75,000 worth of gifts to our organization from Sherry and Jeff Reed and an anonymous donor. The $50,000 Reed gift will be split evenly between operating expenses and the establishment of the Sherry and Jeff Reed Endowment. A star dressing room at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center will bear their names. The $25,000 anonymous gift was given in honor of Finance Director Shea Mahoney and will be evenly split between the support of operating expenses and the establishment of an endowment. The Finance Office at SKyPAC will bear the designation that the gift has been made in Mahoney’s honor. These gifts follow the recent announcement of the naming of the Rita and Jim Scott Concert Hall after a one million dollar donation by the couple. Thank you again to the Scotts for your gift and your leadership, and thank you to the Reeds and the anonymous donor for your generosity! CLICK HERE… (Read More)
Rita & Jim Scott Concert Hall
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: On 4/1, Arts of Southern Kentucky (ASK) announced that the primary performance space in SKyPAC will be named the Rita & Jim Scott Concert Hall as the result of the couple’s $1M gift to the organization. The donation will be split evenly between the support of operating expenses and the establishment of the Rita & Jim Scott Endowment. The gift represents the largest single investment ever made to an arts organization in Southern Kentucky. Thank you, Rita & Jim, for your generous contribution and for your service to Arts of Southern Kentucky! You can watch a recording of the press conference below.
BG Onstage at SKyPAC Student Spotlight: Meet Chloe!
Everyone, meet Chloe! Chloe is our student of the week with our Student Spotlight Social Media Project! Chloe’s first show with BGOS was “Seussical, JR’. She was then cast as the Cat in “Honk! JR” and as a Big Kid in “Matilda”, both productions unfortunately were cancelled due to COVID. Learn about Chloe here!!! See our Chloe in action by clicking here!!!
This Week at SKyPAC: Please Support Annual Fund Drive Underway Now
To Our Valued Patrons: This month SKyPAC launched our 2020-2021 annual fundraising drive. Our theme is “CAST YOURSELF IN A ROLE OF A LIFETIME.” Given the extremely challenging conditions this pandemic has thrust upon the arts industry, the slogan seemed appropriate for this critically important opportunity to sustain the arts for this region. As our annual fund begins, SKyPAC and the Capitol Arts Center have lost 54% of our yearly revenue from shows and rentals due to COVID-19. Similarly, show sponsorships, season subscriptions, facility rentals, and other sources of revenue we ordinarily rely on have been diminished almost entirely in the wake of our facilities being closed since mid-March because of the worldwide pandemic. Unfortunately that means no Broadway favorites like Mamma Mia! or concerts like the Avett Brothers. It prevents rentals of our facilities for weddings or Chamber After Hours events or the chance to discover rising stars at SOKY’s Got Talent and Lost River Sessions. It also impacts… (Read More)
BG Onstage at SKyPAC Student Spotlight: Meet Clare!
Meet Clare, she is one of our BGOS kiddos! We will let her tell you a little bit more about herself. We miss Clare and cannot wait to work with her again in the future! Learn about Miss Clare by click here! We love to see our students grow! We remember when Clare was just a wee young thing in “MTH: Pirates Past Noon, KIDS”. Watch and Enjoy! Performer: Clare What It Means To Be A Friend (Cover)- from 13: The Musical Original Composer and Lyricist: Jason Robert Brown 2007
6th Annual Gingerbread Homes for the Arts Event at SKyPAC
SKyPAC is planning for the Gingerbread Festival this November. We will have the Gingerbread Contest as part of the event! The week will probably look different than it has in the past due to the pandemic, but we will follow all current guidelines to bring you a safe but enjoyable Gingerbread Contest! Get your creative juices flowing! We look forward to seeing you and your Gingerbread creations in November! You can find the Contest Application here. Thanks to a generous sponsor, this year we have CASH prizes!! We also have a Gingerbread Contest Book Club and STEAM resources available. Any questions, please email Contest Coordinator, Robin Ciochetty at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information will be available soon at theskypac.com !!!! A special thanks to Cheryl Beckley and WKU/PBS for documenting some of last year’s entries (take a look below).
BG Onstage at SKyPAC Student Spotlight: Meet Kelly!
Kelly played JoJo in our 2019 School Day Production of “Seussical, JR”. What cuties! Kelly played Young Anna in our 2019 production of “Frozen, JR”. In 2020, Kelly was cast as Ugly in our production of “Honk! JR” and was cast as Tammy in our production of “Matilda”. Both productions were unfortunately cancelled due to COVID 19. We miss Kelly and all of our students/actors and can’t wait to get to work with everyone again in person!
BG Onstage at SKyPAC Student Spotlight: Meet Colton!
BG OnStage at SKyPAC Student Spotlight Project! Because of the 2020 pandemic, BG Onstage at SKyPAC had to temporarily close our doors to the public, resulting in the cancellation of two productions- “Honk Jr.” and “Matilda The Musical”. Additionally, our in-person lessons had been switched to a virtual platform without the promise of showcasing their talents. We would like to honor some of these cast members by shining a spotlight on our students and alumni. Today kicks off our first ever Student Spotlight Social Media Project! This is Colton! He has been participating with BGOS for a few years. Colton is 9 years old and loves going to Disneyland with his family. Over the summer, he has been working SUPER hard on learning the vocal and piano parts of “Under Pressure”.
This Week at SKyPAC: Lighting Up Red in Support of Live Events
For anyone driving past SKyPAC or the Capitol Arts Center over the past few days, you might have noticed our signage or our building lit red. SKyPAC and the Capitol were among over 1,500 locations across North America to participate in lighting our venues, homes, and cities as part of the #WeMakeEvents initiative on September 1 to raise public and media awareness in support of the live events sector, which has suffered tremendously as a result of COVID-19. It follows a similar event held in the United Kingdom in August which was hugely successful and included 715 buildings/structures glowing in red. Locally, for SKyPAC and the Capitol Arts Center, we have had over 70 production workers impacted by our closings. Additionally, at least 6 security personnel, 9 ticket office employees, and at least 8 concession workers have also been without jobs because we have been without shows. We have also had to furlough employees to reduce expenditures during a time… (Read More)