A Year In Review

The start of a new year gives us space to reflect on the past 365 days of our lives.

Looking back at 2017 gave me a chance to process and come to appreciate all of the new lessons life brought. I am forever grateful for my community of friends and family that make the tears just as nourishing as the laughs.

The past year also held some changes in my career. I am now the Community and Content Manager for The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. This means I get to create and share more content that highlights the mission of The Kentucky Center. Below is some content from 2017 that I'd like to share with you.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

SCENE Fall Menu

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has recently opened a restaurant called SCENE. The chef, Scott Darnell, has done an amazing job of creating a menu that rotates seasonally so that he can take advantage of local produce. 

I don't often get to take food photos, so anytime I get the chance, I take the challenge. I'm pleased with how these images turned out and even more pleased that I got to try the dishes after the photo shoot. 

 

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.

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.



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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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.


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.