KIMâ€™S CORNER As you will read throughout this newsletter, exciting things are happening at The Center all of the time. The staff is doing an exceptional job moving along major initiatives found within our strategic plan, while keeping pace with the fast moving day-to-day operations.
A few weeks ago we broadened our minds at the IdeaFestival; now we are looking forward to presenting the legendary Bob Dylan; the Vice-Chair of our Foundation Board, Phil Lynch and his wife Susan, will be exhibiting their superb acting talents in Kin at the MeX in November; and soon the hills will be alive with The Sound of Music, just to mention a few of the activities that actually make up our day-to-day operations. At the same time, we are trying each day to live our values. One of those values is Leadership. So at the encouragement of the board, and to “model the way” here at the Center, I applied and was accepted to the Duke University Executive Certificate Class for Nonprofit Leadership. This is a 7-day intensive learning experience with other nonprofit executives from across the country as well as Switzerland and Spain. The program is designed for experienced nonprofit leaders seeking to accelerate their impact in organizations and communities. Though it is always difficult to take time away from the Center, I took full advantage of this opportunity and found myself immersed in relevant discussions and instruction. We heard from knowledgeable and accomplished speakers on subjects such as: promising practices of high-impact nonprofits; ethics and emerging issues in the nonprofit legal landscape; collaborative leadership; using social media to extend the voice and impact of your nonprofit; managing strategic change; entrepreneurial leadership; cultivating effective relationships with the board of directors; managing diversity and sustaining a culture of inclusion; and preparing for the next generation of leaders. As you can see, all of these topics reflect what is happening in our world and will help support another value of the Center’s, Innovation, as we set the stage for what comes next. Now that I am back, I want to share my renewed sense of purpose and focus. I want to thank our HR Committee of the Board of Directors for encouraging me to take time for leadership development and look forward to putting into practice some of my new knowledge and sharing my experience with the Boards and Center team.
BOARD MEMBER PROFILE
Q: In two words: How would you describe yourself? A: Determined, self-assured
Q: As a community leader, why do you want to volunteer at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts? A: I believe exposure to and participating in the arts is essential for one’s personal growth, and the Kentucky Center is our community’s nucleus for the arts, so I am honored to be part of it. Q: What have you learned from or about board service?
VICE PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, BROWN-FORMAN
Vice-Chair, Kentucky Center Foundation Board.
A: There’s a saying at Brown-Forman – “No one of us is as smart as all of us” and I believe this truism is really evident on arts and community boards where people from all walks of life work together for a common cause. Q: What other community causes and organizations do you support? A: I have served on the KET Louisville Regional Board for 25+ years and I am past chairman of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board, with a total of 12 years of service on that board. I am a strong supporter of the Fund for the Arts, Metro United Way, and Louisville Public Media, and previously served on the boards of Maryhurst, the Kentucky Science Center, and the Louisville Visual Arts Association. Q: Best performance you have seen at The Kentucky Center? A: From a strictly parochial perspective, watching our two young sons perform in The Louisville Ballet’s The Nutcracker; otherwise, many, many Lonesome Pine concerts, with Angelique Kidjo at the top of the list. Q: What is your life motto? A: To quote from one my favorite James Taylor songs, “The secret to life is enjoying the passage of time.”
Q: What do you like best about working at The Kentucky Center? A: I am blessed to be able to work in a place with a mission I support, but it is the people that are the best. The staff, volunteers; and boards are such a wonderful and diverse group of people brought together by their love for the arts and our community. Q: What did you want to be when you grew up? A: I remember in the fifth grade coming to Whitney Hall to see a ballet. I dozed off briefly and dreamt about running around the building. Up and down the stairs and in and out of balconies --so I guess you could say that working here is a childhood dream come true.
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, EXECUTIVE OFFICE
When visitors come to The Kentucky Center’s Administrative Offices, Ryan is the first friendly face they see. Quick with a helping hand, and a witty retort, Ryan keeps The Center “machine” running smoothly.
Q: When did you discover your love for the arts? A: I have always enjoyed music. I liked plays probably starting with a visit by the Blue Apple Players to my school, the perennial visits to Actor’s for A Christmas Carol and field trips to The Kentucky Center. Q: When someone is asked, “What’s Ryan like?” you hope they answer… A: Kind and helpful. Q: Best performance you have seen at The Kentucky Center? A: Phantom of the Opera, 1994. I had started working here in the House office. I was amazed by not only how great the show was but how the crowds coming out of Whitney Hall were in such awe from the incredible experience that they had just had.
One, a half dozen smaller theater companies, community outreach, free workshops — I guarantee there is a bunch of stuff you don’t know about. Do yourself a favor and go explore. —Eli Keel
LEO READERS’ CHOICE
The 2016 LEO Readers’ Choice Award winners have been announced and we are proud to share that The Kentucky Center was named Best Live Theater Venue! The write up in LEO Weekly (below) perfectly captures how everyone’s hard work and dedication to our brand of quality performance, customer service, and community involvement is recognized and appreciated. Best Live Theater Venue #1. The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Back in the mid-’80s, downtown was in bad shape and needed a shot in the arm to bring it back to life. Somebody was smart enough to build The Kentucky Center. Now downtown is bustling and thriving. Coincidence? Hell no. Art makes a city, fool. Whatever you think of when you picture the center — big budget Broadway touring shows, the Louisville Ballet, Stage
#2. Louisville Palace #3. Actors Theatre
Take a bow, Team Kentucky Center!
AT-A-GLANCE Lots has been happening in the Finance, Information Technology, Facilities, Production and The Brown Theatre department: • Our capital projects are well on their way to being done. The roof should be completed by the end of November, 2016 and the HVAC should be completed by May 1, 2017. The North Lobby is complete and beautiful and the East Room is under renovation for a November 29 opening. • The 2016 audit was successfully completed and the financial results through June 30, 2016 were favorable for The Kentucky Center. • Paristown continues to move forward with the execution of two design contracts. In addition, we signed the contract with PLC (Ron Carmicle).
He is The Kentucky Center’s representative through this project. • The Center continues to focus on security. We have reorganized and invested in training with our in-house security professionals, begun contracting with off-duty police officers and also a reputable security vendor, ESG. These efforts help the Center’s preparedness for all types of security issues. • We have also upgraded our email technology and converted to Office365. This will assist with our disaster recovery plan as emails are hosted in the cloud. • It is Autumn here at the Center and we are preparing for an eclectic and fantastic 20162017 season.
DEVELOPMENT Total Wine & More, the new wine and liquor store at the Paddock Shops, is in the process of donating $18,982 to The Kentucky Center! As Total Wine’s non-profit community partner for last week’s Preview Party and Grand Opening celebration, we played a vital role in spreading the word to our constituents about the store. The Preview Party and opening weekend were both a rousing success, evidenced by this contribution far exceeding the guaranteed minimum of $10,000. The Kentucky Center is partnering with local business leaders to kick off the inaugural Suits That Rock event, Saturday November 12th in the Bomhard Theater. A very unique local talent
show, area business and community leaders show off their musical skill and rock out for a good cause. Currently, bands from UPS, Scoppechio, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, LG&E, ADP, and Clark Memorial Hospital are scheduled to perform and more acts are joining every day. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Kentucky Center Education and Community Arts programs. Tickets can be purchased here.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT The early weeks of Fall have centered around hiring for the GSA Director and Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, readiness for SCENE at the Center and rolling out a new institutional branding campaign with Red 7 E. We are very pleased to announce Nick Covault has been named the Director of The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts.
A new task force is being assembled to focus on GSA sustainability and growth, and will begin work in January. As such, the GSA Advisory Council will fold into this strategic planning process this fiscal year.
SCENE AT THE CENTER Much progress has been made toward the opening of SCENE at the Center. We are pleased to announce that Scott Darnell has joined The Kentucky Center as our new Chef and will be working through mid-October to finalize the menu and bring on additional kitchen staff. Additionally, Melanie Webb was hired as Food & Beverage Manager, supporting SCENE and the complete food and beverage program at the Center. In addition to the work of our fantastic board task force, strategy and creative work brings Tandem PR, Red 7 E and Beth Brown & Associates to the table working with the Center team to execute. The space will get a makeover from architect Ben Rodman and designer Jonathan Brannon starting mid-October, just in time for the opening on November 29.
Offical logo for SCENE at The Center
Scott Darnell comes to us with 30 years’ experience in the industry. He has worked at some of Louisville’s best restaurants, including Le Relais, Lilly’s, Foxhollow Farms, Cheddar Box, La Peche, and most recently Somewhere Restaurant. He has done everything from fine dining, catering, gourmet to go, to southern inspired small plates. He loves mixing his classical training with homegrown southern comforts. Melanie Webb has tremendous experience having worked in the industry in New York and Louisville as a restaurant manager, consultant, and trainer. In addition to her restaurant management experience, Melanie has a BS in Accountancy from the University of Louisville and spent seven years as a CPA to various Manhattan restaurants.
BUILDING OUR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM AND PROMOTING INCLUSIVENESS The Kentucky Center is so pleased to bring on a new partnership with Down Syndrome of Louisville. The organization will provide volunteers at a number of shows this season:
(Events Administration Manager) will take on a mentee from Shawnee High School over the course of the school year, with meetings taking place at the school, The Kentucky Center and the other participating organizations, Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra, 21C, Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.
In the Bomhard Theater, patrons enjoyed a preview of HAMILTON’S AMERICA – a PBS documentary film – that brings history to vivid life through the lens of LinManuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton” – winner of 11 Tony Awards® and the Pulitzer Prize. Following the film preview, musician and educator Harry Pickens lead a Hamilton Sing-ALong and a discussion of the timeless issues raised in the musical: immigration, States’ rights, debt, income inequality, race relations, and the role that storytelling plays in history.
• Book of Mormon, Friday, December 2nd • Nutcracker, Sunday, December 18th for the 7:30 PM show • The Sound of Music, Sunday, January 22nd for the 6:30 PM show • The Little Mermaid, Friday, February 17th • Beautiful, Sunday, May 21st for the 6:30 PM show • Kinky Boots, Friday, June 16th
STAFF MENTORING WITH BBBS The Kentucky Center is pleased to join in an arts sector partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters with staff serving as workplace mentors in the program’s School to Work initiative. It combines the benefits of 1-to-1 mentoring with the opportunity to provide students with exposure to workplace skills, career opportunities in the arts, and soft skills development. Ashley Stallings (Senior Director of Patron Services), Holly Neeld (Development Coordinator) and Brandy Leitner
Revolution, and Safiyyah Dance, the events in the Main Lobby included a Revolutionary Reception, hip hop choreography performances, the opportunity at snap 18th century selfies in a Hamilton Look-a-Like station, lessons on stage and fight choreography, cash in at the Treasury to learn about colonial currency, and more.
Ashley Stallings pictured left
HAMILTON’S AMERICA, A DOCUMENTARY FILM Hosted by KET, StageOne Family Theatre, and The Kentucky Center, Hamilton’s America, a free Documentary Film preview event, took place at The Kentucky Center October 17th. Originally we planned a 7:30 p.m. screening with pre-show activities. Within 24 hours of an e-mail to 10,000 of our patrons, the Bomhard was capped and we had no choice but to add a second screening at 5 p.m.! In partnership with the Frazier History Museum, the National Society of the Sons of the American
GREAT PERFORMANCES “HAMILTON’S AMERICA” premieres Friday, October 21 at 9:30/8:30c on KET and launches the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival, hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
HUMAN RESOURCES The Kentucky Center acquired an employee engagement tool called, OfficeVibe. Each week, OfficeVibe sends employees 5 questions about how things are going at work and allows them to provide feedback through anonymous submissions. The goal is to have an on-going pulse on 10 key metrics that affect employee engagement. The metrics measured by this process are: Recognition, Feedback, Happiness, Personal Growth, Satisfaction, Wellness,
Ambassadorship, Company Knowledge, Relationship with Manager and Relationship with Colleagues. Receiving this information in “real time” provides valuable information to the Center with regard to follow-up in order to celebrate with employees, as well as to uncover opportunities to impact overall satisfaction of employees.
WHAT’S NEW AT THE CENTER Long Pham, KC Financial Analyst, is also an artist. He painted this wonderful picture of Dr. Martin Luther King, which will be featured in the 2017 Keepers of The Dream event. When asked how he become interested and accomplished in both visual arts and finance, he said the following:
VISUAL ARTS, BOARD RELATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS The Kentucky Center volunteers Bill Higgins and Jerry Uslander, became docents for our 20th Century Art Collection. They will each be giving a guided tour for the KC staff in October and November to begin their docent career! In addition, Production and Special Events staff took the new art audio tour and loved it. To help promote both these tours, they will be featured in the Museum Row on Main brochure and as part of the Main Ticket (out of the LCVB). If you want to treat your employees, out-oftown guests, or anyone else you think might be interested in a tour, call Diane Tobin (566-5238) or Amelia Reesor in Patron Services (566-5168). At the Annual Meeting we bid adieu to our retiring board members and welcomed our new ones. The meeting was followed with the Board Social and there we drank our first-annual board specialty cocktail to thank Harold Butler for his tremendous work on the KC Board bylaws. We called it the Harold Butler’s Old Fashioned and it was a very popular libation for the evening. Retirees included: Madeline Abramson (past Chair), David Calzi, Ben Katz, Pete Mahurin, Don Parkinson, Foundation Board- Bruce Ferguson, Stu Pollard, William Summers V, and Hollis Weishar.
As for my interest in finance, I was drawn to math at a very early age. I spent the entire summer after 7th grade solving problems for mathematical magazines, which is when I had my first article published. When I began studying economics at Hanover College, I was led to finance and found I really enjoyed it. I believe my unique background has led me to these seemingly vastly different interests. I have lived in three continents so far; I was born in Germany, raised in Vietnam and now reside in the US. Germany is a beautiful place with a rich history. Vietnam taught me discipline at a very early age. It wasn’t until I came to the US that I fully explored and developed my artistic potential, because the US has taught me to engage. It is a country where great ideas meet and blossom!
My interest in art was peaked during my freshman year at Hanover College; I took my first Art History class as part of the liberal arts curriculum and was fascinated by the topics that we discussed. We examined the history of American art from the Colonization Age to the Industrial Revolution, the golden and glorious era of America—the age of enlightenment. We talked about symbolic meaning and the influences behind the architecture of our campus. We travelled through time and looked at how art has always been an integral part of history that reflects political, social or religious ideology and how it evolves over time. I found myself captivated by every topic covered in this course—this is where my passion for art began. As I started exploring my new-found passion, I began participating in Hanover’s annual art competition to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr, in which I took first place. I have always been drawn to Dr. King’s message and was ecstatic when I was offered the opportunity to create a piece for the upcoming celebration. I wanted to do a contemporary painting that portrays the passion of the Keepers of the Dream, a wonderful event by the ArtsReach Program that is making a direct impact on our community every day.
Our volunteer program has been featured in this week’s special Senior Living edition of The Voice-Tribune! Here is the link to the article. If you happen to see any of the volunteers featured in the article, please congratulate them on their wonderful representation of The Kentucky Center!
VOICE MAGAZINE Kim Baker was featured in the Fall issue of the Voice Magazine, sharing her vision for The Kentucky Center. The article highlighted Kim’s successes such as developing a strong, multi-level strategic plan, regional, national and international recognition for Whitney Hall, presenting and producing traditional and non-traditional programming for all tastes and ages and increasing The Kentucky Center’s entertainment offerings with the future Paristown venue. You can read the entire article here (page 116).
DEBATE AT THE CENTER Did you knowâ€”On October 7, 1984 Ronald Reagan (R and incumbent President) and Walter Mondale (D and Former Vice-President) had their first Presidential Debate at The Kentucky Center for the Arts at 9:00 pm-10:30 pm EST on Economic and Domestic issues. The moderator was Barbara Walters, ABC News, and the panelists were: James Wieghart, New York Daily News, Diane Sawyer, ABC News, and Fred Barnes, New Republic. Viewership was 65.1 million, the largest audience of all time for The Kentucky Center!
UPCOMING EVENTS LEO A Little Off Center Pilobolus: Shadowland October 20 Brown Theatre
Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily’s D+Evolution October 21 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater St. Stephen Church celebrates Pastor Cosby’s Anniversary October 21 Brown Theatre All-Dvorak October 22 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall ArtsReach and Rheonna Nicole present Lipstick Wars Poetry Slam October 22 The Kentucky Center Gavin DeGraw & Andy Grammer with special guest Wrabel October 23 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall
Kentucky to the World in collaboration with The Kentucky Center presents Wendy Whelan – To The Point: A Conversation with Emily Bingham October 24 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater Jordan Smith: Something Beautiful Tour October 25 Brown Theatre 2016 Louisville Music Awards October 27 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater Fleur-De-Lis Academy of Ballet presents Night at the Haunted Castle and Lost in Paris October 28 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater An Evening with Yo-Yo Ma October 30 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall Bob Dylan and His Band November 1 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall
Eve Theatre Company presents KIN (by Bathsheba Doran) November 3-13 The Kentucky Center-MeX Theater Kentucky Opera The Abduction From The Seraglio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart November 4 and 6 Brown Theatre Roots + Wings-The Blood Always Returns November 5-6 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater Louisville Orchestra Star Wars and More: Music of John Williams November 5 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall 91.9 WFPK presents Todd Snider with special guest Rorey Carroll November 1 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard
The Legend of Zelda Symphony November 10 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall Louisville Orchestra Music Without Borders November 11 Jeffersontown Community Center STOMP November 11-12 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall Suits That Rock November 12 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater 91.9 WFPK presents John Hiatt-An Acoustic Evening November 13 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater Louisville Orchestra Shakespeare In Music November 18 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble The Temptations & The Four Tops November 20 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall Mannheim Steamroller Christmas November 23 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall
Louisville Orchestra Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular November 26 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall Ballet Magnificat presents Light Has Come November 26 Brown Theater JHS Theatre presents Bring It On: The Musical November 26-27 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater PNC Broadway in Louisville The Book of Mormon November 29-December 4 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall The Kentucky Center and NS2 present Goo Goo Dolls with special guest SafetySuit November 29 Brown Theatre LEO A Little Off Center Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs November 30 Brown Theatre Louisville Orchestra Messiah December 1-3
Thursday, December 1: Cathedral of the Assumption 443 S Fifth St | Louisville, KY 40202 Friday, December 2: Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church Saturday, December 3: Saint John United Methodist Church 12700 West Highway 42 | Prospect, KY 40059 89.3 WFPL presents An Evening With Ira Glass: Seven Things Iâ€™ve Learned December 3 Brown Theatre StageOne Family Theatre The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! December 3-17 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum presents Colson Whitehead December 5 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater LEO A Little Off Center Kathleen Madigan-The Mermaid Lady Tour December 8 Brown Theatre
TM Entertainment Group presents Linkin’ Bridge and Tom Mabe December 8 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater LEO A Little Off Center CirqueLouis: Pinocchio December 9 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater Louisville Ballet The Brown-Forman Nutcracker Dec. 10-23 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall River City Drum Corp and ArtsReach present Open Mic December 11 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical December 17 Brown Theatre Jackie Evancho Live in Concert December 18 Brown Theatre Jim Brickman Comfort & Joy December 20 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater Kentucky Shakespeare’s production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead January 3-8 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater
Louisville Dance Series January 7-8 The Kentucky Center-MeX Theater
Louisville Orchestra Music of David Bowie January 7 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall
Louisville Orchestra Rachmaninoff Third January 28 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall
PNC Broadway in Louisville Rogers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music January 17-22 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall
StageOne Family Theatre John Lennon and Me January 28-February 11 The Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater
Louisville Orchestra Brahms Second January 14 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall
The Kentucky Center and Production Simple present The Del McCoury Band January 28 Brown Theatre
Keepers of the Dream January 15 The Kentucky Center-Whitney Hall Louisville Orchestra Carnival of the Animals January 21 Brown Theatre Louisville Ballet Choreographer’s Showcase Jan. 24-28 Louisville Ballet Studios Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble Alonzo King LINES Ballet January 27