WKU graduate stars in national tour of ‘Veggie Tales Live’

The SKyPAC:

SKyPAC is thrilled that WKU Graduate, Jonathan Perry, will be performing on the SKyPAC Main Stage for VeggieTales Live! Silly Song Sing-Along on September 25th!

Originally posted on WKU News:

Jonathan Perry, a 2007 graduate of WKU’s Department of Theatre & Dance, will be returning to Bowling Green next week with the national tour of Veggie Tales Live.

Jonathan Perry

Jonathan Perry

Perry, a native of Nashville, Tenn., plays the host of the show that features lively storytelling, colorful costumes and lessons about life. Based on the TV show for kids, Veggie Tales is now part of DreamWorks Animation. Veggie Tales Live! Silly Song Sing-Alongwill be presented at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center.

Perry was in numerous shows at WKU including Sweeney Todd, Children of Eden, Blood Brothers and Street Scene, and played the key role of Younger Brother in the WKU Centennial Celebration Production of Ragtime.

“I had a lot of stage time and was given many valuable opportunities,” Perry said of his time at WKU. “I always…

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Calling All Artists & Writers!

The 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are now open! Enter your work today with 905857_10152394077697993_3661342105419736824_othese three easy steps:

1.) Get the info! Deadlines vary by region. Find your local program guidelines and deadlines at http://bit.ly/197KaWj.
2.)Create an account! Once you’ve made your masterpiece, visit
www.artandwriting.org to create your Scholastic Awards account and upload your work. This will be your creativity command center!
3.)Stamp it and Send it! Have your submission forms signed by a parent / guardian and an educator, and then mail them off with your submission fee to your local program.

Click below for more information about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: http://blog.artandwriting.org/2014/09/15/calling-all-artists-and-writers/

Regional Information: Southern Kentucky
http://www.artandwriting.org/Affiliate/KY003A

Giving More Back to the Community!

Kroger_logoKroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards®.

The Kroger Community Rewards® makes supporting SKyPAC easy…all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! By enrolling in the Community rewards and listing SKyPAC as your supporting organization we can earn up to $50,000 quarterly. There is no easier way to support the Arts in Southern Kentucky! Once you have register your purchases will begin earning rewards for SKyPAC within 7 to 10 business days of registering your Kroger Plus Card online.

  • Simply register online at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy; if not you can use the phone number assigned to your card.
  • If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • If you are a new online customer, click on “Create an Account” box.
  • If you are already an online customer Click on Sign In – Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter SKyPAC or # 89814 as the organization and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see SKyPAC on the bottom of your information page under Community Rewards.
  • Remember you must swipe your Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to your Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

SKyPAC Announces 2014-2015 Season

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SKyPAC is proud to announce its upcoming 2014- 2015 Season! The Broadway Series ramps up with four favorites: Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, the acclaimed 2011 Tony® Award winner for Best Revival; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a mega blockbuster and family favorite; Sister Act, 2011 Tony® Award nominee for Best Musical, and a holy and side-splitting romp; Flashdance,whose sizzling heat will make you feel like a maniac!Season_cover

The Director’s Series package builds upon the Broadway experience with these fabulous shows: The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas; Smokey Joe’s Café, featuring the Coasters; I Love Lucy Live on Stage;and the astonishing live art ensemble of The Three Painters!

Still want more? SKyPAC will deliver four extra add-on performances: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical™, the beloved stop-motion animation classic celebrating its 50th anniversary; a return engagement of the ultimate holiday tradition Mannheim Steamroller Christmas; furry four-legged fun with Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre; and an epic concert with The Pink Floyd Experience.

Season ticket holders are the heart and soul of every performing arts center. By becoming a Series Subscriber, you will receive exclusive benefits which include discounted ticket prices, no exchange fees, and a payment plan option. Subscribers also have the opportunity to purchase and exchange tickets prior to public on-sale dates. One of the best parts of having SKyPAC in this area is the opportunity to make special memories with special people all year long! Be a subscriber and become a memory maker today!

“I’m thrilled about our 2014-2015 Season and I hope you are too,” states Executive Director, Jan Allan Zarr. “This is an exciting time for SKyPAC. Please help us make this year, and every year, a great success for our community.”

Season subscriptions are available now! Begin your SKyPAC experience and click below to become a subscriber this 2014-2015 season!

DOWNLOAD: SEASON SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

More information is available online at www.theskypac.com, by phone at (270) 904-1880 or at the SKyPAC ticket office located at 601 College Avenue, Bowling Green, KY. Ticket office hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

COUNTRY STAR JOSH TURNER SET TO PERFORM AT SKyPAC

JoshTurner_Banner_Web_goldSKyPAC announces the return of the Sounds of Independence, August 29, 2014, as Country performer Josh Turner rolls into Bowling Green with his Roughstock and Rambler Tour. One of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers, earning numerous CMA, ACM and GRAMMY nominations; Turner has JoshTurner_SquarePoster3sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits. His song, “All Over Me,” from Haywire also reached the top spot on the charts, making him one of only seven country artists to have two No. 1 hits in 2010.

“It’s an electrifying time at SKyPAC and we are delighted with our partnership with Independence Bank,” states Jan Allan Zarr, Executive Director of SKyPAC. “This concert is an enduring testament of the continued spirit both SKyPAC and Independence Bank have, in bringing to Bowling Green and the surrounding communities, quality entertainment. “

Turner released his fifth studio album, Punching Bag, on June 12, 2012 which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. The debut single, “Time is Love” was #1 on the Best of 2012 Billboard Country Chart. The Associated Press says, “With Punching Bag, Turner once again proves he ranks among the most effective — and most hard-core country — performers of his generation.” Turner is one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry, inducted in 2007.

“With the success of last year’s Sounds of Independence Music Festival and our partnership with SKyPAC, we are excited about this event and what it means for our community,” says Brad Howard, President of Independence Bank. “We hope the support from this event will continue to attract and favor SKyPAC and downtown Bowling Green.”

Tickets go on-sale May 23, 2014 at 11:00 am. They may be purchased at the SKyPAC Ticket Office, online at TheSKyPAC.com or by phone at 270-904-1880.

For more information on Josh Turner, visit www.JoshTurner.com

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About SKyPAC

SKyPAC Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, oversees the administration of the SKyPAC and the Capitol Arts Center facilities and programs. SKyPAC is a multi-use facility located in downtown Bowling Green, KY and has become a premier center for entertainment.

The SKyPAC facility includes an 1,800-seat state-of-the-art auditorium that serves as the home of Orchestra Kentucky & Kentucky Stages; The Renshaw Education Center which houses the Carol Wedge Studio Theater – a flexible 2,600 sq. ft. space for intimate productions and gatherings; several multi-functional rehearsal halls/classrooms; a children’s art gallery and a main gallery. The Capitol Arts Center provides a 750-seat auditorium and two art galleries, the Houchens Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery.  For more information, visit TheSKyPAC.com or call (270) 904-5000.

 About Independence Bank

Independence Bank is a regional community bank with 19 locations in 9 counties in western Kentucky – Calloway, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McCracken, McLean, Warren and Webster counties, with assets of $1.4 billion. For more information, visit 1776bank.com

Bowling Green’s first COLOR VIBE 5K partners with SKyPAC June 7, 2014 at Beech Bend Amusement Park & Waterpark

bowlinggreenThe Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) is thrilled to be the partnering non-profit organization for the first Color Vibe 5K in Bowling Green. The run is scheduled for 9:00 am, June 7, 2014, at Beech Bend Amusement Park & Waterpark. For every registered participant, Color Vibe will donate a portion of the funds to help support SKyPAC’s efforts in providing educational programming and exceptional arts experiences to everyone. Color Vibe’s goal is to sign up between 3,000 and 4,000 participants and SKyPAC is assisting in spreading the word. Participants will be blasted at every color station throughout the 5K run with non-toxic colored cornstarch, so be sure to wear white. Not a runner?  No problem. You can walk, hop, or skip with us!  Register today to receive $5 OFF when you use the SKYPAC flyerpromo code VIBE2014 at http://thecolorvibe.com/bowlinggreen, and get ready to experience a rainbow of color.  SKyPAC is proud to also be partnering with local restaurants Mr. B’s and Stakz, which will both be offering promotional discounts to participants who visit after the event wearing their Color Vibe 5K T-shirts.

All Color Vibe participants who come to Beech Bend Amusement Park and Waterpark on June 7, 2014 with their Color Vibe race t-shirt will receive one (1) half off (50% off) coupon for admission to the park. This coupon is valid for one (1) half-price entry during the 2014 operating season. Not to be combined with other offers.

COLOR VIBE 5K is not just a fun activity for the whole family, but a seriously unique experience. Get ready for the most colorful fun filled day of your life! You’ll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! Sign up fast, because spots are filling quickly and we have a limited number of shirts available. So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing color blast event where you’ll get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K.

Download the SKYPAC flyer and help us spread the word!

 

 

The Arts Have the Power to Transform Whole Communities

Written By: Jan Allan Zarr, SKyPAC Executive Director/CEO

This is evident in how well designed programs in the arts have boosted academic achievement and nurtured the development of well-rounded students and the community within. Playwright, Wendy Wasserstein stated “The arts reflect profoundly the most democratic credo, the belief in an individual vision or voice… The arts’ belief in potential gives each of us — both audience and creator — pride in our society’s ability to nurture individuals.”

The commonality that statement brings is the value and belief that the Arts are important to us, to our lives and to our community. The Arts inspire creativity in each of us individually; however, they breathe life into our communities. What we know to be true, throughout history, is that the Arts — all of them, evolve and reinforce beliefs and values in all societies. The Arts draw out from each of us the creativity from within to explore the possibilities as a whole. The Arts challenge, inspire, and change people because audiences are encouraged to answer questions about life, the world and the legacies they are creating.

The role of the heart of an Arts Center should be to create transformational art education opportunities for students of all ages in the community. An Arts Centers purpose is to capture the essence of the community, through multi-media experiences that communicate, educate and transcend ethnic cultures. The Arts Center should openly teach us that we are inherent sources of innovation and that we can dramatically contribute to a community just by discovering what we create best-and then doing it! It does not have to be great theatre, dance, or a masterful painting-a child exposed to the Arts learns skills in creativity and self-expression that might just lead him/her to develop a new vaccine or a ground-breaking world policy that leads to a more peaceful planet. The Arts are not superfluous to society; they are an underestimated force that is moving it forward, therefore the Arts Center needs to become the core of that force within the community. When one visits an Arts Center either for an art exhibit or for a performance they should feel awake, alive, and lucky to be there.

One should also look at how our community values its partnerships in the Arts. The value of the Arts to the community is a very personal statement. It means something different to each of us. For me it means working together to leverage limited resources, broaden inclusion, increase accessibility, and provide opportunities for everyone at a collaboration level in making a difference for all involved. The value comes by showing empowerment and enriching the lives of those that are served and by strengthening the community in which we live. Another value in partnerships is that they foster and create sustainable relationships within the broader community. A Community partnership approach sparks networks that allow participants to better realize common goals. These connections form pathways for knowing and sharing social, cultural, and material capital through community building that supports personal, social and institutional change.

Former President John F. Kennedy stated, “I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his/her vision wherever it takes him/her.”