Behind the Curtain
“The willing suspension of disbelief,” is a concept well known in the world of theatre, a term coined in 1817 by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, with roots that can be traced back to Shakespeare’s Prologue from The Cronicle History of Henry the Fifth: “[…] make imaginary puissant […] ’tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings […] turning accomplishment of many years into an hourglass.”
Blues in Schools Makes Its Way to Butler Co.
The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) partners with the Kentucky Blues Society again to take the Blues in Schools program to the Butler County Middle and High Schools on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. The group is composed of keyboard player and vocalist, Kenny Lee, harmonica player, Lee Hammer and guitarist, Jim Morris, also known as former professional wrestler “Hillbilly Jim.” The group will conduct two Blues workshops, one each at the middle school and high school in Butler County. Each student participant in the workshops will receive their own harmonica provided courtesy of Hohner Harmonica and SKyPAC. “The Kentucky Blues Society has been teaching Kentucky’s rich Blues history through the Blues in Schools since 2005, as well as involving students in Blues performance and musical techniques. The first Blues guitar recording ever made was by a Kentuckian. We look forward to taking this program to Butler County schools and working with the students there,” says Kentucky Blues member, Kenny Lee…. (Read More)
Orchestra Kentucky Proudly Announces New Executive Director
Orchestra Kentucky is proud to announce the appointment of Scott Watkins as our new Executive Director. Scott previously served as the Executive Director of the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He started his orchestra management career at the Dallas Symphony and thereafter served in leadership positions at Symphony Arlington, Corpus Christi Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, and the South Arkansas Symphony. He has studied music and received degrees from Northern Arizona University, University of Phoenix, and University of North Texas. Watkins has been awarded the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership and was a finalist for the League of American Symphony Orchestra’s Fellowship Program. Scott and his wife, Karen, have five children (two in college), two cats, and a dog. We hope you will join us in welcoming Scott and his family to our community. Orchestra Kentucky 270-846-2426 | 855-232-1452 (toll free) email@example.com www.OrchestraKentucky.com
KyAEA Recognizes Jessica Snodgrass as Museum Art Educator of the Year
The Kentucky Art Education Association (KyAEA) recognized Jessica Snodgrass as the 2016 Museum Art Educator of the Year at their annual conference. Snodgrass is the Marketing and Visual Arts Gallery Director at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) in Bowling Green, KY. Each year, the KyAEA honors excellent art educators who have performed outstanding service through their commitment to arts advocacy in Kentucky schools, communities, and institutions. This year’s KyAEA conference was held on September 30 – October 1, 2016 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. Kim Soule, past President of the KyAEA and Greenwood High School Art Educator, had this to say, “Jessica is instrumental in coordinating teachers and exhibits for all. She is a wonderful community educator and deserving of this award.” “SKyPAC is proud to have Jessica as our Visual Arts Gallery Director. We feel she understands and appreciates the importance of the core values that the arts bring to enriching everyone’s lives,” said Rick… (Read More)