Curtain Call: Ervin G. Houchens
SKyPAC is proud to present a new series honoring our area arts heritage. Each week we will highlight different trailblazers and turning points that have ushered us to the modern day arts opportunities this region now enjoys. We hope you will join us in saying “Bravo!” for the countless lives touched through the arts as a result of the vision and dedication of those documented in the paragraphs that follow.
The Capitol Arts Center was one of many organizations benefited by Mr. Houchens. At the inception of the Bowling Green-Warren County Arts Commission a group of volunteers approached Mr. Houchens for a loan. The Houchens Foundation made a $35,000 interest-free loan to fund the purchase of the Capitol Theatre on Main Street. He later forgave the loan in-full which was characteristic of many loans he made. The Ervin G. Houchens Gallery was named in his honor for this donation. Years after the dream of the Capitol became a reality in the 1990’s Mr. Houchens’ Foundation made another significant contribution to the Capitol Arts Center Endowment Fund. His gifts continue to have an everlasting effect on people in South Central Kentucky through the ARTS.
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If you were directly involved with area arts efforts, we would love to hear from you! Likewise, if you have historic articles, programs, or other arts-related materials from this area to be preserved, please email Rhankins@theskypac.com or call 270.904.5004.