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.”

SKyPAC Voted Best Local Performing Arts Site in Kentucky

Bowling Green, KY (April 1, 2014) –Since opening its doors in 2012, the Southern

From Kentucky Living Magazine

Kentucky Performing Arts Center has hosted a wide variety of top acts from Seinfeld to Willie Nelson. According to a poll taken by Kentucky Living, the state has noticed, naming SKyPAC, the Best Local Performing Arts Site in Kentucky for the “2014 Best of Kentucky” contest.

The annual survey asked subscribers of Kentucky Living magazine to rate the best of in a variety of categories that include top vacation spots to the best flea market stops across the state and even the best non-franchise barbecue sauce. SKyPAC shares the top spot for the Local Performing Arts Site with The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

“It is a complete honor to have Kentuckians recognize SKyPAC as one of their favorites, said Executive Director, Jan Allan Zarr. “This is a designation that could not have been achieved without the faithful support of our patrons and donors. What a great reward for doing our best to live the vision of all of those who dreamed SKyPAC into reality and continue to serve community.”

Ever since the hall opened in the spring of 2012, with an unforgettable intimate performance by Vince Gill, SKyPAC has drawn top-notch talent to the region, offering a mixed bag of entertainment—from the closing performance of the musical “CATS” of its 30th anniversary US tour to a sold out concert of Kenny Loggins.  Planning for the 2014-2015 season is underway and is expected to provide great entertainment options for the entire family.

Visit Kentucky Living magazine online to see the full listing of winners: http://www.kentuckyliving.com/travel/features/2014-best-in-kentucky#

Free and Fun for EveryONE!

It’s time to celebrate!  You’re invited to an afternoon of family entertainment at the third annual SKyPAC Community Day, sponsored by J.M. Smucker Company.  Make sure to block Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm on your calendar as a FREE and FUN for EveryONE event.

Performances by local musicians, art demonstrations, hands on activities, art exhibits, a scavenger hunt, SKyPAC SNAP SHOOT with props, visits from the Hot Rods Mascots and WKU’s Big Red will make it a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family.

This year’s genres are many, including a capella, blues, classic rock, country, gospel and jazz.  Join us for any, or all, of the performances below…

SKyPAC – Main Stage

1pm – 1:15pm – Boys & Girls Club’s Glee Club singing “My Old Kentucky Home” and the National Anthem, followed by a warm welcome from SKyPAC’s new Executive Director, Jan Allan Zarr
1:15pm – 2pm – BGHS A CaPurples
2:15pm – 3pm – John Edmonds
3:15 pm – 4pm – The Pennyrilers
4:15pm – 5pm – Shady Jake & the Upsetters

SKyPAC – Studio Theater

1:15pm – 1:45pm – Shake Rag Blues
2pm – 2:30pm – Step Brothers
2:45pm – 3:15pm – Skip Cleavinger
3:30pm – 4pm – Jumping Jaguars
4:15pm – 5pm – Johnny Thompson & Friends

Experience local and regional artist demonstrations by Sock Monkey Artist, Juannie Kronenburger;  pop artist, Nick Mantlo; Pyrography (wood burning) artist, Paul Burhmester; wood carver, Dr. Robert Goodwin; and photographer, Bart Britt.  Not only will they have their artwork on display, but will be creating throughout the afternoon. Spend some time observing their craft or chat with them to find out about their motivation and processes.  Perhaps they will leave you so inspired that you will want to create your own masterpieces.

In addition, SKyPAC, with the help of local art educators, will offer children’s art Photo Credit: Alison Houkactivities where kids can create their own work of art, offering both learning opportunities and creative expression while having fun.

Do you like looking for things?  Find architectural and Kentucky facts related to SKyPAC’s building features located throughout the Lobby, Main and Children’s Galleries.   Identify all of the items, collect all of the gold stars and win a prize.

With all of this going on, you will probably get hungry.  Pack a picnic lunch or better yet, visit one of the food vendors – Rapid Rick’s and Froggy’s Food Truck – that will be on-site.  Once you have your grub, grab some space on the corner, grassy knoll, enjoy the spring weather and have a ball.

Whether for only an hour or for the whole event, just come because it is time to celebrate!  We’ll have random drawings throughout the day for tickets to SKyPAC, and gift certificate to local businesses.

Remember Community Day, sponsored by J.M. Smucker Company is FREE and FUN for EveryONE on Sunday, April 13th from 1PM to 5PM at SKyPACWe just don’t entertain…we change lives!!!

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The Time Jumpers featuring Dawn Sears, Vince Gill, Kenny Sears and Ranger Doug Green

The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) announces that The Time The Time Jumpers Jumpers featuring Dawn Sears, Vince Gill, Kenny Sears and Ranger Doug Green will be performing on SKyPAC’s main stage March 25, 2014. Tickets are available online at TheSKyPAC.com, by phone 270-904-1880 or at the SKyPAC Ticket Office, 601 College Street, Bowling Green, KY.

Vince Gill, 20-time Grammy winner and 1564_TimeJumpers_SOKY_QrtV_Admember of the Country Music Hall of Fame returns to SKyPAC as a member of The Time Jumpers. Gill opened SKyPAC with his sold out performance opening night, March 10, 2012. “Ranger Doug” Green is also making his second appearance at SKyPAC. He is a member of the group Riders in The Sky, who performed at SKyPAC in June 2012.

Tap any member of The Time Jumpers on the shoulder and the face that turns to greet you will be that of one who’s made major contributions to the richness and vigor of country music. The Time Jumpers was established in Nashville in 1998 by an assemblage of high-dollar studio musicians. The notion of building a rabidly devoted following was the last thing on their minds. But that’s what happened.

The Time Jumpers—the band’s new and first album for Rounder Records—is also the group’s first studio project. Their live album—Jumpin’ Time, released in 2007—earned them two Grammy nominations and a high-profile segment on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

The current edition of The Time Jumpers includes 11 members, each a master of his (and, in one case, her) instrument. Alphabetically—which is the only diplomatic way to present such a group of evenly matched talent—they are Dennis Crouch (upright bass), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Vince Gill (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), “Ranger Doug” Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Dawn Sears (vocals), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle, vocals) Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Billy Thomas (drums, vocals).(thetimejumpers.com)

Youth Theater Auditions: The Secret Garden

UPDATE: Due to potential inclement weather the SKyPAC Youth Theater has added an additional audition day for the production of The Secret Garden.

Boys and girls (ages 6-14) interested in auditioning for the SKyPAC Youth Theater production of The Secret Garden may audition on Monday, January 6 or Tuesday, January 7, 4:00PM – 8:00PM. Auditions by appointment and callbacks will be held on Thursday, January 9, 4:00PM – 8:00PM. All auditions will be held at the Capitol Arts Center.

(Performance will be held February 27-March 2, 2014) Download the flyer here.SecretGarden

For additional information or questions please contact Zac Bush, Youth Theater Associate by email at zbush@TheSKyPAC.com or by phone at 270-904-7007.

TOP 5 REASONS TO SEE MEMPHIS!

MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL5. THE MUSIC OF MY SOUL

Featuring a brand new score with music by Bon Jovi’s founding member/keyboardist David Bryan and lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), the songs of MEMPHIS will be stuck in your head for weeks to come! At times haunting and soulful, and at others soaring and fun, this award-winning score has something for everyone.

4. DAZZLING DANCE

Renowned choreography breathes new life into the 1950s with some of the most dazzling dance on stage today. Watch a video here!

3. A FANTASTICAL STORY

In MEMPHIS, an inspirational story finds root amidst the prejudice of the 1950s. Based on actual events, it is the tale of Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ whose love of good music transcends race and airwaves. MEMPHIS exudes all the exuberance, the emotion, the beauty, and the controversy of wondrous, defining time in our history.

2. AWARD WINNING-PERFORMANCES

Audiences love MEMPHIS: The show ran on Broadway for over three years! The critics love Memphis too: In 2010, Memphis took home three Drama Desk Awards and four Tony Awards®, including the award for Best Musical!

1. THE HEART

An amazing cast of performers brings the world of MEMPHIS to life every evening, leaving newly converted “Fantastical Fanatics” in their wake wherever they go. Why? Because the story, music, and dance of MEMPHIS combine into one powerful performance that speaks to the heart, inspires us to tap our toes, and reminds us why we love to come to theatre in the first place.

Don’t miss this Broadway hit! See MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL at SKyPAC this  Friday, November 8 at 7:30PM & Saturday, November 9 at 2:00PM! MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s. A young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock n roll and an electrifying black singer. MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. For performance details and tickets click here: http://bit.ly/1iuSkMx or call the Ticket Office at 270-904-1880 today!