SKyPAC Partners With Laura Goad Turner Foundation

The Laura Goad Turner Foundation in Allen County has partnered up with SKyPAC, donating half a million dollars to help children learn about the arts.

WBKO Posted: 10:41 AM Dec 6, 2011
Reporter: Casey Wheeless
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“The arts can in fact change the playing field for children,” says Tom Tomlinson, “change the way kids learn and really help to increase kids potential as they go through school.”

The Laura Goad Turner Charitable Foundation donated one million dollars to SKyPAC, to help educate children in Allen County about the arts.

“We know it’s going to touch many lives from Scottsville and Allen County,” says Katherine Sikora, with the foundation.

The one million dollars will be split up.

The first 250 thousand will be given to the construction of the SKyPAC building.

Another 250 thousand will be for training teachers in Allen County and bringing students from the schools to SKyPAC for performances, along with hiring artists such as dance companies to work with students.

The last half a million will be a challenge grant.

The foundation will award two dollars for ever dollar SKyPAC raising to support the program.

“We open March 10th and we’re selling tickets and all of that is very exciting, but at the end of the day if we don’t also figure out ways to change the lives of kids … we aren’t doing our job,” says Tomlinson.

The Laura Goad Turner Foundation’s mission is to help those in the Scottsville, Allen county area.

The group feels confident their money is going to help many children at SKyPAC.

“We don’t cross the county line so, our foundation has a lot of faith in SKyPAC, we feel it’s a diamond in the ruff right now.”

Both SKyPAC and the foundation hope this will be a stepping stone for all counties in the area to partner up for children and the arts.

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About The SKyPAC

The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) is a multi-use arts facility located in downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky. that is currently under construction and set to open in March 10, 2012 with Opening Night featuring LeAnn Rimes. Tickets are on sale now for Opening Night call our ticket office at 270.904.1880 or visit us online to purchase your tickets today! SKyPAC will house the South Central Kentucky region’s largest performing arts hall, as well as numerous smaller performance spaces and rehearsal rooms. Highlights of the new arts facility include: an 1,800 seat state-of-the-art performance hall that will serve as the home of Orchestra Kentucky, a 200 seat flexible studio theater for intimate theatrical productions, several multifunctional rehearsal halls and classrooms for students, schools and local arts organizations to use as they prepare for live performances, an outdoor amphitheater for ‘theater under the stars’ and an indoor art gallery space to exhibit the works of local and regional artists.

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