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Moments Make Community

With the arts in the hot seat, I wanted to take a second to share a few photos that I feel capture why our communities need the arts. Each image is a small moment that brought joy, growth, unity and understanding to people. The beauty of being a photographer is that I can literally show you the wonder that the arts bring me each day.

Also, these images are just a round up of the later part of 2016, please browse my blog to see more!

  

The Kentucky Center's Governor's School for the Arts 2016

This summer I was asked to spend three weeks documenting Kentucky's Governor's School for the Arts at Centre College. The experience was amazing and the talent that I witness was breath taking. The young people of this state filled me with hope for a future filled with understanding built by meaningful communication.

Here are some of my favorite frames.

Da'Ville Classic 2016

The Da'Ville Classic is one of my favorite events to cover. Each year, River City Drum Corps invites drum lines from across the region to come together and show off their skills. Most of the drum lines are from schools or youth programs that aim to build strong, positive youth.

The Da'Ville Classic is one of my favorite events to cover. Each year, River City Drum Corps invites drum lines from across the region to come together and show off their skills. Most of the drum lines are from schools or youth programs that aim to build strong, positive youth.

This year I also helped to make a commercial for the Classic.

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater Company Residency

The Kentucky Center for The Performing Arts has taken up a new dance initiative (do to a lot of hard work from a certain Mr. Nick Covault). A big part of that initiative is bringing in world class dance companies to work in our community. We were lucky enough to get the time and talent of the Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater Company who, outside of modern dance, do a lot of community building in health care facilities for patients and caregivers.

From January 20th to January 30th, The Kentucky Center hosted a Louisville residency for the artists of Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT).  Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the residency consisted of more than 20 activities that included a public performance of mixed rep in the Bomhard Theater, workshops, classes, artist professional development sessions, and more.  During their stay in Louisville, The Kentucky Center connected SPDT to more than 750 students, patients, caregivers, veterans, and everyday citizens who are curious about dance.  Residency partners included Arts in Healing sites: the Alzheimer’s Association, University of Louisville Medical School, the Robley Rex VA Medical Center and Frazier Rehabilitation Institute, as the Compassionate Schools Project, Western Middle School, and Roots & Wings, just to name a few. 

Center Impact: Ashley Cathey

The amount of community art's programing that The Center provides amazes me more and more every day. I was recently lucky enough to meet a person who has benefitted from some of those programs. Louisville Artist Ashley Cathey shared a piece of her artist development story with me so that I could share it with you all! Enjoy.



Arts in Healing, Addiction Recovery

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has several outreach programs that are, in my opinion, its best kept secret in Louisville. If you want to know more about them, check out this website.  

One of those programs, Arts in Healing, puts artists in health care facilities to help patients, care givers and families express themselves or take a break. One of the locations the AIH serves is the Volunteers of America Shelby Street Men's Campus, which is an addiction recovery center. Each week an artist comes in and leads in activity like poetry, drumming or visual art. 

I cannot stress to you how much this works. I'm a visual person, so just check out the video above to get an idea of the role the program plays in these men's lives.

ArtsReach Dance Studio at Shivley

The Kentucky Center ArtsReach Dance Studio at Shively City Hall is taught by hip hop instructor Corey Mumpfort. Through the ArtsReach Studio students experience an average of three hours of instruction each week with professional artists. Participants learn new skills, expand their horizons and develop a sense of self, well-being and belonging. As the individual is empowered, the arts simultaneously build and strengthen the community.

When The Kentucky Center opened its doors over 30 years ago, one of its key missions was to bring the arts to the community. Not only by providing a home for the performing arts but also by making the arts accessible to everyone. That’s exactly what ArtsReach does. By serving as a community connection, ArtsReach is nurturing and developing new, young, and diverse artists and audiences. ArtsReach has collaborated with community centers throughout Louisville Metro since 1991. ArtsReach empowers youth in community settings through studio arts instruction in dance, violin, and visual art, residencies with renowned artists, hands-on interactive art workshops, affordable tickets to performances, and the opportunity to perform on the Kentucky Center’s professional stages.

Song: "AM Set Instrumental {Both Nice}" by 6th Sense (notherground.blogspot.com)

Anne Frank: Bearing Witness

Music: "Meditation Impromptu 03" by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)

The education side of things at the Kentucky Center recently teamed up with Jefferson County Public Schools to bring a new tool to the classroom. Working with teachers, the Center provided training and support for students to make a deeper connection to The Diary of Anne Frank through the arts. Students took the text and explored it through drama, writing and visual art to discover a few of the timeless lessons of Anne's life. 

 

 

ArtsReach Showcase

I have been fortunate enough to work with ArtsReach to capture a small piece of the amazing work the program brings to the community. As their webpage says, "for 22 years, ArtsReach has collaborated with community centers and organizations throughout Louisville Metro to weave the thread of the arts into the fabric of our neighborhoods and enhance the landscape of community arts." 

Most of the programs that ArtsReach sponsors performed at the annual ArtsReach Showcase at the Brown Theater. Here are a few of my favorite images from the violin program.

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Membership Videos

We are trying to expand our membership base at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts by using videos to share current member's stories. 



New Job

Hello world! 

I have exciting news! As of February 18th, I am the media producer and content manager for the The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Jumping from news to arts has been an interesting and exciting ride. I am so excited for the projects we have in the works and I am more exciting to share them with you!

In my new role I help to spread the word about the amazing programs the Center promotes, creates and carries out. We are the home for the Governors School for the Arts, Arts Reach, Arts in Healing and several other educational programs that get art into people's lives. Stay tuned for more info and updates on some truly amazing programs.

 

Alix

Anastasia Chapman sings with the Noe Middle School Chorus as part of the Anne Frank: Bearing Witness project. The project introduced middle school students to the Diary of Anne Frank and asked them to reflect and respond to what they read using performance art.

Anastasia Chapman sings with the Noe Middle School Chorus as part of the Anne Frank: Bearing Witness project. The project introduced middle school students to the Diary of Anne Frank and asked them to reflect and respond to what they read using performance art.

Dancers in Bourbon Baroque's Dido & Aeneas rehearse leading up to the classical performance.

Dancers in Bourbon Baroque's Dido & Aeneas rehearse leading up to the classical performance.

A woman dances to Oliver Mtukudzi, a Zimbabwean musician, at Jefferson Community and Technical College.

A woman dances to Oliver Mtukudzi, a Zimbabwean musician, at Jefferson Community and Technical College.


Best of 2014

February?! When did that happen! I have totally missed out on the "best of last year" window. 

Oh well, here's the post anyway.


Louisville Ferguson Protest

Community members gathered outside of Louisville Police Department headquarters to protest for more transparency in police actions after the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed man, in Ferguson. Mo. The protest took place the day after Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Brown, was not indicted.

Community members gathered outside of Louisville Police Department headquarters to protest for more transparency in police actions after the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed man, in Ferguson. Mo. The protest took place the day after Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Brown, was not indicted.

Shooting at Fern Creek High School

The frantic look of my editor as he told me there was a school shooting is something I won't forget. But that look was nothing compared to the terror in the eyes of the family members of students at Fern Creek. 

Students wait for their parents to pick them up from the tennis court after a student at Fern Creek High School shot another student.

Students wait for their parents to pick them up from the tennis court after a student at Fern Creek High School shot another student.

Steam Boatin'

The Spirit of Jefferson waits for passengers on the river front during the Centennial Festival of Riverboats.

The Spirit of Jefferson waits for passengers on the river front during the Centennial Festival of Riverboats.

Mathew Lanhood and girlfriend Katie Keisler enjoy the view from the deck of the Belle of Louisville.

Mathew Lanhood and girlfriend Katie Keisler enjoy the view from the deck of the Belle of Louisville.

Kentucky Votes

It doesn't matter if you thought Obama needed Alison or you were ready to ditch Mitch, Louisville voters on Tuesday seemed to have one common thought: Their vote matters.

Mid-term election coverage took me to the Academy at Shawnee and Jeffersontown High School in search of voters ready to share their election season story. Some were new citizens, some voted by issue and some just voted because they disliked a candidate. However different the story, the conclusion was the same: Voting is a civic privilege in which everyone should participate.

Fantasy Battle Gets 'Real' For Louisville Area LARPers

Frequent Cherokee Park visitors may not know what LARPing is, but they've likely encountered it.

It stands for "live action role playing"—a game where people take on roles of mythical beings or fantasy warriors and battle each other with foam weapons called boffers. The game, which can take years to play out, is often described as part interactive theater, part Dungeons and Dragons. 

"The simple act of taking things away from the table and moving in a physical space changed everything, and I was hooked," said LARPer Geoffrey Runge.

Runge is a founder of ForgeHall, a local version of the game that is played out over several weekends a year at Glenn Wood Hills in Derby, Ind., about 70 miles driving west from Louisville.

The group meets again this weekend for the third event of the year. 

"The idea is to have an environment where everyone can come and bring their imagination and the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts," Runge said.

 

http://wfpl.org/post/video-fantasy-battle-gets-real-louisville-area-larpers