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SKyPAC Education & Youth Opportunities

Educational programming is a cornerstone of SKyPAC's mission. We offer a wide-ranging program of arts and education events, performances, attractions, classes and in-school activities all designed to achieve SKyPAC’s vision of creating a better community. Our vision, that over time K-12 students in the region will achieve higher graduation rates and college entrance exam scores than before SKyPAC opened, is the key focus of our education program. SKyPAC’s diverse offerings have the power to inform, enlighten and entertain all area citizens, encouraging them to remain in the area while providing a higher quality of life for their families.

In December 2011, The Laura G. Turner Charitable Foundation awarded a $1,000,000 grant to spur SKyPAC toward its ambitious educational goals. The grant creates a three-year pilot program in Allen County, Kentucky, and includes the four components SKyPAC has identified as critical to achieving the long term outcomes it predicts for arts in education: the ability for students to attend professional arts performances, transportation to get students to the performance venue, artists-in-residence programs to help students access their individual talents, and professional development instruction to train teachers how to integrate the arts into subject areas not typically regarded as arts-related.

SKyPAC School Day Performances

SKyPAC offers a wide-ranging program of arts and education events, performances, classes and in-school activities all designed to achieve SKyPAC’s vision of creating a better community.  Our goal, that over time K-12 students in the region will achieve higher graduation rates and college entrance exam scores than before SKyPAC opened, is the key focus of our education program.  We work alongside educators in the BRADD region to provide guidance for integrating arts into the classroom through artist-in-residence programs and professional development workshops.

SKyPAC is fully committed to providing opportunities for youth to experience personal achievement and creative fulfillment, while boosting their confidence and self-esteem, and providing the necessary tools for them to carry with them throughout every facet of their lives.

Each year, SKyPAC produces a variety of performances, held both at the Capitol Arts Center and in SKyPAC’s facilities, to entertain and educate the area’s talented young actors, dancers, musicians, and technicians. Programs will be designed for kids from six years old through eighteen years old, whether they are experienced or joining a theater program for the first time.  All performances will be led by talented guest directors, area theater professionals and SKyPAC staff. Click here to download: 2014-2015 SKyPAC School Day Performance Schedule

School Day Performance Schedule at a Glance

Janet’s Planet
Thursday, September 4, 2014 • 9:30AM
Thursday, September 4, 2014 • 11:00AM
Janet's Planet Study Guide

Little Shop of Horrors
Presented by the SKyPAC Youth Theatre Program
Friday, September 26, 2014 • 9:30AM
Little Shop of Horrors Study Guide

MisterE of Imagination:Tales of Edgar Allan Poe
Thursday, October 16, 2014 • 9:30AM
MisterE Study Guide

The Frog Prince
Presented by the SKyPAC Youth Theatre Program
Thursday, December 4, 2014 • 9:30AM
Friday, December 5, 2014 • 9:30AM

Four Score and Seven Years Ago
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 • 9:30AM
Thursday, February 5, 2015 • 9:30AM
Four Score Study Guide

FAME JR.
Presented by the SKyPAC Youth Theatre Program
Friday, February 27, 2015 • 9:30AM

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Calling All Artists & Writers! The 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are now open! All students in grades 7-12 can participate!

Enter your work today with these three easy steps:
1.) Get the info! Deadlines vary by region. Find your local program guidelines and deadlines at http://bit.ly/1qZE725
2.)Create an account! Once you’ve made your masterpiece, visit www.artandwriting.org to create your Scholastic Awards account and upload your work. This will be your creativity command center!
3.)Stamp it and Send it! Have your submission forms signed by a parent / guardian and an educator, and then mail them off with your submission fee to your local program.

Click here for more information about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards or contact our Gallery Director, Jessica Snodgrass Kem at 270-904-5001 or jkem@theskypac.com for more details.

Community Connections

In addition to its school partnerships, SKyPAC has created alliances with a number of community organizations engaged with diverse populations to build bridges of understanding through art, including:

- Housing Authority of Bowling Green
- Boys and Girls Club of Bowling Green
- Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana-Caveland Service Center
- VSA Kentucky
- WKU Confucius Institute

Our mission is to continue partnerships, particularly in the surrounding counties of the Barren River Development District.

The SKyPAC Education and Outreach Program includes input from three advisory groups, the Youth Advisory Committee, the College Advisory Committee and the Education Advisory Committee ensuring that community voices help shape educational programming goals at SKyPAC.

SKyPAC Education programs are supported in part through generous grant from Alliance Corporation and Danny & Vickie Renshaw.