Posts Tagged With: Kentucky Center

Adults behaving like children

This past Thursday, nearly fifty grown men and women from across the Commonwealth met in a gymnasium at the Cabbage Patch Settlement House in Old Louisville. After improvising a fake talk show where the topic was “the shrinking ecosystem of the big foot,” they passed an imaginary ball around a circle while screaming, “whoosh,” “erk” and “bridge.”

I was one of them.

Some might call this kid’s stuff, tom foolery or even nonesense, but these were part of the hands-on, sample activities during the annual ArtsReach seminar. For two days every March, community groups, social service organizations, juvenile facilities, artists, arts organizations and anyone else who wants to bring arts into the lives of underserved people, meet to make connections and learn new ways to meet their goals.

ArtsReach is an innovative two-prong program of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in conjunction with the Kentucky Arts Council. The Kentucky Center partners with community groups in Louisville to provide arts experiences for people who might not otherwise have these opportunities. The long-standing Louisville program serves as a model to ArtsReach Kentucky, which fosters several partnerships between community groups and arts organizations statewide. Ashland, Paducah, Hopkinsville, Frankfort, Elizabethtown and Mt. Sterling all have programs, and the list is growing.

These mutually beneficial programs are invaluable to Kentucky communities, as is the network among the entire program’s particpants. This is why get together every March to  share our success stories…and possibly make art from duct tape.

Sarah Schmitt, arts access director

Categories: Arts Advocacy, Arts Organizations, Performing Arts, Visual Arts | Tags: , , , ,

It’s time for us to LEAD

Last September, I wrote a blog post about my amazing trip to San Diego to take part in the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) conference and training. I can point to this experience as the single most helpful event in my professional training as an accessibility coordinator. Although I’m sure we all wouldn’t mind a trip to the beach, Kentucky’s cultural administrators are lucky to have this same opportunity brought directly to us by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. LEAD will be hosted by the Kentucky Center from August 17 – 20, 2011.

Attendees have great things to look forward to according to the LEAD website. Conference session topics include access basics, audience building through access, legal issues for arts administrators, emergency evacuations, access technology updates, web accessibility for administrators, social media with accessibility in mind and more.

If you are responsible for access services at a museum, nonprofit gallery, theater, arts and cultural center, state park, library or any other place with art for the public, then LEAD is the perfect training opportunity. If your organization does not have someone assigned to access services, now is the time to train someone!

The Kentucky Arts Council is deeply committed to access in the arts, and we recognize that this is a rare opportunity to have LEAD so close. We have partnered with the Kennedy Center to make available some special offers to arts and cultural organizations in Kentucky. For more information, contact Sarah.Schmitt@ky.gov.

Sarah Schmitt, arts access director

Categories: Arts Organizations | Tags: , , , ,

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