SKyPAC to Host Holiday Event: “Gingerbread Home for the ARTS”

The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce the first annual “Gingerbread Home for the Arts” to kick-off the 2015 holiday season. “Gingerbread Home for the Arts” will be held on Friday, November 20th, and Saturday, November 21st.

The event will center around the tradition of building gingerbread houses as a creative way for the community to come together in celebration of the holidays and the arts.

Event co-chairperson, Betty McGuire, says “plans are underway to bring this tradition to south central Kentucky with activities for children and adults, as well as opportunities for professional and amateur bakers to demonstrate their culinary “home-building” skills.”

“We are in the process of planning, forming committees and spreading the message to schools, bakers, artists and the general public,” said McGuire.

a gingerbread house / finishing touches applied / holiday seasonLocal schools will be invited to bring their students to SKyPAC for a field trip on Friday, November 20th. Students will tour the art galleries where professionally created gingerbread houses on will be on exhibit. They will also have the opportunity to build gingerbread homes alongside student chefs from The Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College, serving as volunteer mentors.

On Friday evening, SKyPAC will host a festive ticketed event for patrons to view gingerbread creations designed by professional bakers, which will also be featured in a live auction to benefit SKyPAC’s educational programs. An amateur category will give churches, organizations, schools and businesses an opportunity to enter a “People’s Choice” competition with prizes awarded to the selected favorites.

615x200-ehow-images-a04-92-i2-make-ginger-bread-house-800x800On Saturday, November 21, SKyPAC will open its doors to the community for a gingerbread celebration featuring photos with Santa Claus, live entertainment and refreshments. For a small fee, community members may build gingerbread homes in the Renshaw Education wing of SKyPAC. A unique feature for art lovers will be the “Merry Market” – a marketplace for talented artists from across the state to exhibit and sell their art creations.

To register in the “Merry Market” as a vendor, participate in the gingerbread house competition, or for further information, please contact Betty McGuire at bmcguire@theskypac.com or by phone 270-904-5010, or may also contact Erin Biggers at ebiggers@theskypac.com or by phone 270-904-7010.

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SKyPAC Summer Arts Camp

Sign up now for a create summer at SKyPAC! It’s going to be a great DSC_0049summer packed with musical theatre, magic and visual arts! Sign up now! Download all the details here (includes application) or check out the line up below.

A limited number of camp scholarships are available. Click here for the scholarship application.

For more details or questions contact Education Associate, Tiffany Deaton, at 270-904-7009 or tdeaton@theskypac.com

Missoula Children’s Theatre

  • Sleeping Beauty June 22 – June 27, 2015
  • Aladdin July 13 – 18, 2015

PaperWorks Visual Arts Camp – July 6 – 10, 2015

ClayWorks Visual Arts Camp – July 20-24, 2015

MixedWorks Visual Arts Camp – July 20 -24, 2015

Magic Camp with Kevin Spencer – July 21-31, 2015

The Power of Arts Education

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

The Chinese proverb reads, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for the day, teach a121412_art man to fish – feed him for a lifetime.” With early Arts Education, not only are we meeting the immediate need, we are also providing the foundation for change and improvement!

Parents often hear about the wonderful benefits of organized sports, but the creative arts are another terrific medium to keep their children active, healthy and engaged. Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through participation in the arts. Exposure to and participation in the theater arts provide benefits that cannot be found in sports programs, such as increased comfort with public speaking, greater self-confidence and trust in group process, and a positive outlet that helps children learn how to think outside of the box and solve creative problems. For the introverted child who is uncertain in sport group activities, theater can be the perfect place to gain personal confidence in smaller steps. While we are not building houses or feeding the poor, we are helping to nourish souls and those souls will, in return, nourish others. Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Just like any other skill, creativity needs to be practiced to develop into the kind of problem-solving ability that is needed in the workplace of the 21st century.

PaintFostering creativity is important, even for children who are successful in organized sports and school activities. Arts Education provides a safe place for students to practice creativity and take personal risks in a venue that celebrates success with every new work of art, whether it is a performance, written or visual piece. The social rewards each child gains through his/her participation in art activities are rich and numerous. Whether a child has been diagnosed with a learning difference that makes social encounters particularly challenging for them or not, all young people can profit from the drawingmyriad of opportunities for social growth available to them through art education. We live in a highly competitive era where our children are introduced at an early age to the critical realities of our achievement and success-oriented society. From academics, to athletics, to social interaction, youth are pressured to get the best grades, to score the most points, to have the most friends. This is especially true during the middle and high school years. At the same time, segments of our society tend to view the arts as a luxury, a frill, an extra-curricular activity running a distant second to the popular status of sports.

When times are hard in the economy, many people believe that cutting funding to artsed-final-5-01-01“unimportant” programs like art, theatre and music is the first solution. It is thought by many people that we will raise a generation of financially sound individuals if we simply focus on subjects that could potentially place them in high paying jobs with benefits. But what if the arts were part of the answer? How can something like theatrical arts impact their everyday lives, and what are the benefits of the arts in education? In a sea of eager and well behaved students, less fortunate children often slip through the cracks of the educational system. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy: these children are born poor, they grow up poor, and they end up poor. What if there was a way to help these kids before it’s too late?

041411_Arts_Education_617_347By encouraging our youth to take part in some form of arts during these informative school years, students are able to develop skills that they will find useful in practical real life situations. In general, students who study the arts tend to be better communicators, highly motivated, and score higher on tests of creative thinking than those without art education. According to the issue brief for the National Governors Association, studies have found that students who study the arts are “four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair, three times more likely to win an award for school attendance and four times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem. These skills and achievements are necessary to gain the upper hand in today’s competitive workforce. Everyone needs a place where they feel they belong, can relax and be themselves. If you learn to be emotionally present at a young age, you will grow up to be a healthy participant in the ensemble that is the world.”art-education

Arts Education can help break the vicious cycle of poverty and encourage children to strive for a better life. An educated society is an ideal society. Therefore an increase in arts education is important for our economy, our future, and our well-being as a society!

 

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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