$100,000 Challenge Issued by SKyPAC

The SKyPAC Foundation Board has issued a $100,000 Challenge to the community to demonstrate their renewed commitment to SKyPAC’s mission. SKyPAC’s Board’s $100,000 will match 100% of all cash gifts made within the next 30 days, up to $100,000. Everyone is invited and encouraged to generously participate.

“Like all nonprofit organizations, we depend on the healthy support of our community,” said Jan Allan Zarr, SKyPAC Executive Director. “We are very fortunate to have a board that is so very supportive financially. This Challenge is a huge indication of their commitment to fulfilling our mission.”

Katherine Sikora, Chair of the Board. “We knew there wasn’t a better way to say we were ‘all in’ than to pool our cash resources and issue a challenge this month. We are determined to engage this community in SKyPAC’s mission. It enhances and enriches so many lives. We are passionate and serious about making sure SKyPAC is strong and vibrant!”

The Board Challenge began as a way to bring cash gifts to SKyPAC during April and May—the months where philanthropy are especially important to SKyPAC. “This gives us a great oppor-tunity to go to our friends and supporters and ask them to double the impact of their giving. It is a very exciting—and urgent—reason for us to talk with people who can make a difference,” said Zarr.

“I’m very honored to serve this community through SKyPAC leadership,” said Lynn O’Keefe, SKyPAC Foundation Board member, and Board Challenge participant. “Our board members don’t just come to meetings. We know we need to be active fundraisers and have ‘skin in the game’ in order to make a real impact on arts enrichment in this region.”

A Challenge Celebration is being planned for early June in anticipation of meeting the goal. Those who help meet the challenge will be invited to celebrate and look ahead together at the bright future for SKyPAC. Details about the celebration will be forthcoming for all participants.

For more information about the $100,000 Board Challenge, call Betty McGuire at (270) 904-5000.

$100,000 Challenge Issued by SKyPAC.

 

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SKyPAC Participates in #GivingTuesday, December 2nd

“We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday—Why not a day of giving during the holidays?”

GT_2014Web-Banner_250x250_RedThat question is the background buzz around the offices of the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) during December. This year, SKyPAC is participating in #GivingTuesday, a flourishing national charitable giving movement with roots in local communities, and SKyPAC staff members are committed to making the fundraising project a success.

 

 

#GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014

Fundraising_RocketShip#GivingTuesday began in 2012 in New York City as a joint project of the 92nd Street YMCA and United Nations Foundations. Its purpose is to promote philanthropy during the traditional season of giving, beginning on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.

“We often complain that the holidays primarily focus on holiday shopping rather than giving,” Zarr says. “#GivingTuesday motivates people and organizations to give with a purpose by directing their charitable giving to the causes they personally support. In the case of SKyPAC, the money we raise will support our ongoing mission: ‘Engaging HeARTS. Enriching Lives.’

SKyPAC’s campaign goal is $50,000, an amount that will be matched by an anonymous donor, for total proceeds of $100,000. 

Help us reach our goal by December 2, 2014, click here to donate today!

The Power of Social Media

The theme of SKyPAC’s #GivingTuesday campaign is “The ARTS change lives . . . What’s your story?”

Through the power of social media, including Facebook, Twitter and email, SKyPAC staff members are encouraging individuals to share why they support the arts and how the arts have changed or influenced their lives. In this way, SKyPAC is promoting the campaign throughout south and central Kentucky and inspiring individuals to remember SKyPAC when planning their year-end charitable donations.

GT_Doodle_2014Turn ‘Selfies’ into #UnSelfie photos!
The #UNselfie is a simple example of how individuals can communicate their efforts to support the organization of their choice. SKyPAC is encouraging individuals to share #UNselfie photos expressing why they support the arts and telling their story on their social media channels. For more ideas on creating your own #UNselfie, visit: TheSKyPAC.com/events/GivingTuesday.

Share your story and hashtag it!
GivingTuesday_GraphicYou can help SKyPAC reach its goal by watching for #GivingTuesday and #UNselfie posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @TheSKyPAC, then sharing them with your friends. Be sure to hashtag your posts using any or all of the hashtags: #MyStorySKyPAC , #GivingTuesday, or #TheSKyPAC.

 

Check out our #UNselfies below from SKyPAC staff and students from W.R. McNeill Elementary School.

 

Show Time!

Before the theater lights dim. Before the hush of anticipation falls over the audience. Before the orchestra strikes the first notes of the overture. Before the curtain rises and the first actor appears on stage. 

Before all of that—a pre-performance air of ambience falls over SKyPAC’s immense lobby with its soaring three-story ceiling. The doors open and the first audience members drift in. As the lobby fills, a conversational hum rises, punctuated by the greetings of friends meeting up. 

It’s opening night of “Anything Goes.” The show has drawn an audience of all ages, from animated grade school children to their parents and grandparents–all here with the expectation of being thoroughly entertained. Waiting to serve them is a small army of volunteers (aka “Ambassadors”) and SKyPAC staff, with smiles all around and an eagerness to make everyone feel welcome.  

Half an hour before show time, I stand by the second floor railing, taking in the scene below, swept up by the excitement surrounding the opening night of this Tony award-winning, highly acclaimed Broadway revival.

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Opening Night “Delight”

Originally produced in 1934, Cole Porter’s vibrant song and dance extravaganza was an enormous hit. One of the longest running musicals of the 1930s, it starred the legendary Ethel Merman and marked the peak of Cole Porter’s celebrated career as composer and lyricist.

Fortunately, we in Bowling Green don’t need to travel to New York City—or back in time—to attend a Broadway musical of such renown. As a prominent home for the arts, distinguished by a far-reaching reputation for excellence, SKyPAC is capable of booking shows the caliber of—and as “delightful” as– Anything Goes.

Enthusiastic Reviews

Everywhere it travels, from New York to San Francisco, Anything Goes elicits enthusiastic reviews.

  •  “Musical Comedy Joy!” says The New York Times.
  • “So delightful, so delicious, so de-lovely!” marvels the Associated Press.
  • “A TOP-NOTCH Cole Porter musical comedy!” enthuses the San Francisco Chronicle.

After 80 years, Porter’s songs—including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “It’s De-lovely,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and, of course, the show-stopping “Anything Goes”—still resonate with today’s audiences.

As for the musical performances, the singing is superb, the dancing is dazzling and the tapping is near mind-boggling. In particular, Emma Stratton, playing Reno Sweeney, and Brian Krinsky, playing Billy Crocker, claim the stage and wow the audience.

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 Fifteen minutes before the opening act, I make my way to my seat. In the pit, the orchestra tunes up, creating a cacophony of sounds. To the peal of a horn, the thump of a drum, the high-pitched reverberation of violins, the audience streams in. Green-jacketed ushers hand out programs and help people find their seats.

 The house lights dim. An expectant hush falls over the room. SKyPAC Executive Director Jan Zarr walks on stage to welcome the audience, noting, to general applause, that his son, Bradley, is among the cast. (Congratulations!)

 The overture commences, the curtain rises, the first actors take the stage.

 Finally. . . It’s show time!

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 Anything Goes is the first show in SKyPAC’s 2014-2015 Broadway musical series. Coming up are Sister Act, Flashdance-The Musical and Beauty and the Beast. Join in the excitement! Purchase your tickets now for the best seats.

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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Community Art Mural

Art Project to Create Mural: Nonprofit, community groups cooperating on initiative in Allen County

By JUSTIN STORY, The Daily News, jstory@bgdailynews.com/783-3256 | Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012 11:59 am

SCOTTSVILLE — Several organizations are teaming up in Scottsville on a community art project that will result in the painting of a mural promoting the city.

Heart of Scottsville, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preservation and economic development of the city’s downtown area, and Allen County Schools hosted a mural workshop Thursday at the Allen County Cooperative Extension Office.

Working with Bowling Green artist Andee Rudloff, education director for the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, about 15 people gathered to sketch out ideas, drawing in pencil and then painting their concepts for the mural on a synthetic housewrap surface.

“I want to make sure everyone here is part of the final composition,” Rudloff said while taking a break from mixing paints.

The project has also involved the cooperation of the Scottsville Art Guild and Haven 4 Change, where the mural will ultimately be painted next month.

Before the drawing began, Rudloff guided everyone through a quick brainstorming session in which people were encouraged to come up with a list of five words or concepts that best represent Scottsville and then make a simple drawing to represent each word.

The workshop also involved a little encouragement from Rudloff for people who might not have considered themselves artists.

“Once you trust yourself with the brush and once you see yourself as an artist, your experience gets richer and richer,” Rudloff said.

Things and ideas such as horses, farms, downtown, friendliness and Barren River Lake State Resort Park were sketched out and then painted by those in attendance.

Education Director, Andee Rudloff

Rudloff said the ideas fleshed out Thursday would eventually be incorporated into the mural, which will be painted June 9 on a 35-foot wood fence at Haven 4 Change on Hillview Drive.

Jamie Boler, executive director of Heart of Scottsville, worked on painting an illustration of a streetlight to represent historic downtown.

Boler said he was encouraged by the turnout at Thursday’s workshop and looked forward to additional participation from the community on the mural.

“The goal is for this to be a community project,” Boler said. “We want the community to come out and help us put this together, and hopefully they can see the unifying power that the arts can have in the community.”

The date of the mural painting coincides with the first night of this year’s Arts on Main Summer Concert Series, held on the second and fourth Saturdays of June, July and

August in downtown Scottsville next to U.S. Bank.

Article can be found here: http://m.bgdailynews.com/mobile/news/local/art-project-to-create-mural/article_382d47e6-9de6-11e1-9e77-001a4bcf887a.html

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