Help us keep education programs like these at SKyPAC which make a profound impact on students in our region, while also offering support to other non-profits.
School Day Matinee Touring Partners
SKyPAC hosts school day matinees throughout the year. Traditionally, we’ve welcomed five (5) high-quality, professionally produced touring matinees. This year we’ve added BG Onstage at SKyPAC Youth/Community Theatre productions to the fold. Many of the touring companies that we partner with each year have WONDERFUL online resources that are FREE to Educators, Students, or ANYONE with passion and interest in the arts.
Our friends at ArtsPower always deliver high quality, literature-based theatre for our audiences. SKyPAC has featured many of their titles including last year’s Judy Moody & Stink, Laura Ingalls Wilder, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Four Score and Seven Years Ago. We’d planned to host them again in Spring 2020 featuring Are You My Mother? While we are not able to host matinees at this time, it’s our hope that you will be able benefit from ArtsPower’s extensive online resources.
Click here for details: https://artspowerondemand.teachable.com/
Over 50+ years in the industry, Theatreworks USA stands behind their mission which is to create exceptional, transformative theatrical experiences that are accessible to young and family audiences in diverse communities throughout New York City and North America. SKyPAC has hosted a variety of TWUSA performances such as Charlotte’s Web, Seussical, The Lightning Thief and Frosty. TWUSA program TheatreWorks Anywhere provides young people with virtual activities and events to explore theater…from anywhere! Check back regularly for more content by clicking here: https://twusa.org/shows-artists/on-tour/anywhere/
Dallas Children’s Theatre
Designed with a youth and family audience in mind, Dallas Children’s Theatre selects titles and materials that reflect the cultural diversity of our world community. DCT encompasses a combination of new plays, familiar stories, literary works, biographies, mythology, folk tales, music, dance, and puppetry. Our school community was disappointed they were unable to see the performance of Miss Nelson Has a Field which was a sold-out performance slated for April 2020 due to the Covid pandemic. There were also plans to bring The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley to the stage in the fall od 2020. Until we can safely host a performance with DCT, educators and families are encouraged to visit their website for lots great resources: https://www.dct.org/
Virginia Repertory Theatre
Literary classics, holiday performances, and historical biographies are just a few of the core subjects that Virginia Repertory Theatre produces. SKyPAC has hosted some of their incredible productions including A Christmas Carol and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Virginia Rep is offering some incredible at home activities to keep students connected and creative. Click here: https://va-rep.org/aha/
Lexington Children’s Theatre
While we love working with National Touring Groups, one of our favorite Regional partners that continually produces high quality productions is Lexington Children’s Theatre. Not only have we brought performances such as Duck For President, Apollo to the Moon, Sacagawea and numerous others to the SKyPAC stages, we’ve also taken some of their productions into our local schools.
You can take a peek at some of their productions online by visiting:
Arts for All Kentucky
One of our favorite partnerships is with Arts For All Kentucky. Arts for All Kentucky’s mission is to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to be part of the life of their communities and make the world more accessible and enjoyable. Not only are the Arts For All offices housed in our SKyPAC facility, we also feature students works in our Education/Youth Gallery and offer space for their two-day Festival of the Arts workshops in the Spring.
Please browse through their video workshops with registered AFA teaching artists:
Kentucky Blues Society
Kentucky has a rich and vital history in the blues. Ragtime, Blues Guitar, Soul Jazz, Blues Harmonica, Bluegrass, and Newgrass were first brought to the world by Kentuckians. SKyPAC’s relationship with The Kentucky Blues Society is one of our favorite programs that we take into the schools. Because of their efforts or preserving (and promoting) the great tradition of Blues music, many students have been impacted by this program.
We are currently working with the band to come up with some possible virtual offerings for the future.
Visit: http://www.kentuckybluessociety.com/kentucky-blues-history/ to learn more about the history of blues and the programs in the schools.
Hocus Focus with Kevin Spencer
Our relationship with Kevin Spencer goes way back to SKyPAC’s opening years when he and his wife Cindy performed Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion on SKyPAC’s stage. In more recent years, his passion for teaching and engaging students has led him to develop his Hocus Focus program. Spencer has a certification in Autism studies, and is an advocate for arts-integration and teaching methods for those with a wide spectrum of disabilities. Through magic, Spencer addresses some of the challenges that students with autism and developmental disabilities face – challenges in behavior, social cognition, linguistics, motor coordination, and sensory abilities.
Spencer is currently working on assembling free resources for educators which will include information on engagement, trauma, and (of course) magic tricks! For now, you can enjoy learning more about his programs by visiting: https://www.spencersmagic.com/hocus-focus/
Commonwealth Theatre Center
One of our favorite partnering organizations is Louisville’s Commonwealth Theatre Center. Their arts professionals work closely with schools to create programs in various theatre disciplines. We’ve taken their Storytime, Movement For Stories and Bullying Behaviors Through Drama workshops into the schools. There are lots of great free online options for students including their #TBT Vault Series, Chats with Charlie (Artistic Director) and Hangs with Heather (Outreach Director): https://www.commonwealththeatre.org/online/
Kentucky Humanities Chautauqua program has brought to life more than 70 people from Kentucky’s past – both famous and unknown. There are some great Actor Segment Highlights available on KET: https://www.ket.org/muse/ky-chautauqua/
Compass Creative Dramatics
For the last few summers, SKyPAC has partnered with Compass Creative Dramatics out of Chicago for week-long performance residencies. There are many opportunities during the year for students to continue engaging with CCD: http://www.ccdramatics.com/compasshome1.html
Warren County Public Library
Patrons of the Warren County Public Library can access a multitude of free ebooks, music, movies and various other items through their library account. There are also many great resources for learning at home. Visit: https://warrenpl.org/at-home/
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
SKyPAC is the regional affiliate of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Founded in 1923, this awards program is the longest running of its kind and provides area students with an opportunity through creative art and writing to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.
Due to the current pandemic many students are no longer attending school in-person and learning through virtual/NTI programs. Scholastic Art provides resources for students and educators during this time to continue learning and exploring creatively.