“Weird Al” Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour POSTER GIVEAWAY!!!

Know the secret? Scroll down below to find out how to participate in the poster giveaway! Don’t know the secret, and then read below.

So, we’ve been keeping a little secret, and we’re ready to reveal it to you! Behold, the IMG_8918-0limited edition “Weird Al” Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour poster designed by the one and only Print Mafia® made especially for Weird Al’s Bowling Green, Kentucky performance!!!

We have 100 of these posters that we are going to give away!  That’s right, we are doing a GIVEAWAY!!! Want to know how you can get your hands on one of these babies? Sure you do! Scroll down for details! Oh, and be sure to share this post with your friends to help us spread the word!

Random Poster Giveaway Details

So, you want a “Weird Al” Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour poster designed by the one and only Print Mafia®? Then keep reading to find out how you can participate. Our Marketing Manager, Jessica Snodgrass Kem, is on vacation traveling throughout our beautiful bluegrass state. During her travels, she is randomly hiding a select number of poster vouchers for all to find! Map coordinates and clues will be posted starting this Thursday, June 25, 2015, using the following SKyPAC social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Instagram. Don’t miss your chance to claim one of these awesome Print Mafia® posters!

Unclaimed Poster Coordinates:
37.94780, -85.69042
37.00080, -86.43038
37.13684, -85.98005
37.94774, -85.69064
37.04178, -86.35014
37.10442, -86.05843
37.13578, -85.98161

Other ways to claim! Just tune into your favorite radio station listed below:
WUHU
D93
WLBQ
SAM
The Point
WOVO

Need tickets to this performance? Click here to buy now!

 

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$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.

 

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.

 

Happy 50th Anniversary, Rudolph!

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This year, “Rudolph,” the bashful reindeer whose shiny red nose made him the target of merciless taunting by the other reindeer in Christmasville, truly goes “down in history.” It has been 50 years since the much-loved holiday special first aired on television. And during those five decades, we have sympathized with Rudolph’s sad plight and cheered his ultimate victory as Santa chose him to lead the sleigh team on a particularly snowy Christmas Eve.

 “My family would gather in front of the television, wearing our comfy Christmas pajamas and enjoying egg nog and popcorn. The kids were so excited knowing that after they went to sleep, Santa would come and leave toys all around the tree.” –Erin Biggers, SKyPAC Marketing Associate

“Reginald” the Reindeer?

But do you know that Rudolph’s history actually dates back to 1939 and involves Chicago-based retailer Montgomery Ward? After many years of buying and giving away thousands of children’s Christmas books, the retailer decided that creating its own book would save money. Ward’s copywriter Robert L. May was assigned the task.

May considered a number of names for the ill-treated reindeer, including Rollo and Reginald, before settling on Rudolph. (Can you imagine singing “Reginald the red nose reindeer?”)

In its first year of publication, 2.5 million copies of Rudolph’s story were distributed by Montgomery Ward.

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In 1948, May’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, also a Ward’s employee, set the poem to music. The song was turned down by Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore before eventually being recorded by Gene Autry. The song was released in 1949. It skyrocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart and went on to become the seasonal standard it is today. In fact, with the exception of “White Christmas,” Rudolph has sold more records than any other Christmas song.

“My daughter, who is 2 ½ years old, loves the songs and sings along. And she knows all of the reindeer’s names.” Janelle Johnson, Campaign Manager at SKyPAC 

Rudolph’s Television Debut

In 1964, “Rudolph” was filmed in Japan in a new format called “stop-motion.” The sound was recorded in Toronto, Canada. In the process, the story was altered from the original version.  When it premiered on NBC, it included Hermey, an outcast elf like Rudolph, Yukon Cornelius, a prospector searching for wealth, Clarice, Rudolph’s love interest, and Bumble, the Abominable Snowman.

“I was afraid of the monster! I always watched that part with my eyes closed.” –Deborah Stein, SKyPAC Development Associate

The second film version also included “misfit toys” being dropped to the homes of children who found and loved them. This change was urged by viewers who wanted a happy ending for each toy.

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Rudolph Goes Home to Chicago

In December 2013, Rudolph returned to Chicago, the home of Montgomery Ward’s and Rudolph’s birthplace. Dennis Polkow, the reviewer at Chicago’s Emerald City Theatre at the Broadway Playhouse on Water Tower Place said:

Most worthwhile about this experience is its message of acceptance and diversity which the cast delivers with verve and cheer. Rudolph generates considerable empathy for [the] first-time live-theater goers I had along with me . . . They loved the show and got the point without being hit over the head with it. All while still being immensely entertained. Dennis Polkow

It has also been said that:

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” is so faithful to the original show that it practically transports audience members into the television special. The songs drive the plot while familiar and nostalgic set designs, costumes and characters are brought to stage. The cast brings new energy to the classic songs and dialogue, while puppets help showcase the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects. “New Musical Stage Version of Rudolph,” BroadwayWorld.com, 9/22/2014.

Laughter and Tears

I’m sure you know how the story ends, and I doubt that any part of Rudolph’s tale will surprise you when you see it on stage at SKyPAC. But what may come as a surprise is the level of emotion—the laughter and the tears—that arise the first time you see the stage version. As for the children, you can be sure that they will be mesmerized and treasure the memory–perhaps to recount the experience to their own children when Rudolph turns 60 or 70.

My two sisters and I would watch Rudolph while sitting under the Christmas tree. I was mesmerized.”–Betty McGuire, SKyPAC Executive Assistant

As for my own personal memory, when I was a child, Rudolph–and other holiday TV shows like “Charlie Brown Christmas,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman”—were shown only once a year. On the much anticipated evening, our family gathered in front of the TV. My father built a fire in the living room fireplace and popped popcorn that we munched on during the show.

I even remember the commercial of Santa riding down a snowy slope on a Norelco razor.

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“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” will appear at SKyPAC at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014, order online now! Grab a group of your favorite misfits! Groups of 15 or more save 20% call our SKyPAC Group Ticket Coordinator at 270-904-7010  to reserve your seats today!  

 

 

 

Interlude

Lost River Cave Scarecrows

I recently visited the Lost River Cave for the first time. My mission: to photograph the Beauty and Beastscarecrows sponsored and created by local businesses, particularly the prize-winning SKyPAC scarecrows depicting Beauty and the Beast.

At the gift shop, an accommodating employee had given me a map of the trails, and I happily set off along the path she recommended. But soon, I was wandering off the path, forgetting my assignment, mesmerized by the spectacle of the site itself.

Excuse me while I extol the marvels of this seven-mile cave system with a river running through it. The Butterfly Habitat. . . the stone house, dilapidated shack and other buildings with mysterious origins. . . the shimmering, opaque blue pool. . . the purple flowers cascading over wooden fences. . . the dance floor with twinkling strings of lights where scores of weddings, proms and parties have taken place. . . the trail markers describing former inhabitants: Native Americans, early European settlers, Civil War troops, even Jesse James. . . the sunshine filtering through towering trees. . . and the way the river and pools appear and disappear beneath the backdrop of soaring stone walls carved by countless millennia of coursing water.

Excuse the digression; but, honestly, I was transfixed by the beauty and wonder surrounding me.

Finally, I came upon the first scarecrows and remembered why I was there.  As my photographs illustrate, local organizations tapped the best of their creativity and put together not just scarecrows but complete tableaus depicting their organizations’ missions and operations.

A few favorites.

WEHS Art Club’s young boy attached by chain link to a really despicable bunch of monsters, reminding us that October is Bullying Awareness Month.

Hartland Family Dentistry’s friendly dentist, his head in the shape of a smiling tooth, dressed in a white lab jacket and blue scrub pants.

Bowling Green Visitors and Convention Center’s cheerful backhoe operator. That’s a yellow toy corvette hanging from a chain, reminding us that Bowling Green is “Geared for Fun.”

Farmers National Bank’s tableau depicting its “Through the Generations” slogan, with one of the three scarecrow generations watering a money tree.

A man and a woman dressed for a night out on the town (she’s carrying a little purse; he’s sporting a dapper black hat). Presumably, they are financially comfortable customers of Monticello Bank.

Re-Pets cute burlap-wrapped cat and red tee-shirted dog, reminding us that we can prevent homeless animals by spaying and neutering our pets.

By the end of my walk, I’d taken more than 50 photos, but failed in my original mission.

Jess Kem, SKyPAC’s Marketing Manager and Gallery Director, took the picture of SKyPAC’s Beauty and the Beast scarecrows.  I never found them.

A final note. At one point during my ramble, an older woman stopped me and asked if I’d ever seen the spot covered with winter snow and ice. I told her this was my first visit. “You must come back,” she said. “But be sure to bring your ski poles!”

I surely will.

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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

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO:  Community Art Mural

SKyPAC Acoustic Talk

Do you want to understand why The SKyPAC‘s Main Hall sounds so good and how it was tuned just like an instrument? If so, check out the Acoustics and The Performing Arts slide presentation by Acoustician, Russ Cooper,  to learn more about the science behind tuning a performance hall.