As part of our statewide mission and goal of nurturing lifelong relationships with the arts, we also contracted with these artists to go into the community and share their amazing talent with students at several locations.
On March 7, we accompanied Wendy Whelan on a visit to speak with students at The J. Graham Brown School, her former high school.
Wendy began her visit by leading a "wiggle break" in a kindergarten class. She then shared stories with 200 middle and high school students during an hour-long assembly. Although she only attended Brown for one year before heading to New York, Wendy told the students her time at the Brown School shaped who is she is today and prepared her for her move to "the big city." Wendy took public transit to school in downtown Louisville and said she is still in touch with many of the friends she made while riding the bus 35 years ago. Questions from the students ranged from “What is your favorite food?” to “Has your ability always matched your ambition?” Wendy answered questions, signed autographs, and took photos with some students after the discussion.
On March 8, both Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks taught masterclasses at Louisville's Youth Performing Arts School. Wendy delivered a ballet-centric class to an ensemble of juniors and seniors, while Brian worked with the sophomore group on choreography and movement. Both classes consisted of 20 students, most at the intermediate and advanced levels. Wendy’s childhood ballet teacher and her mother attended the class she taught while other YPAS students observed. All students in both classes attended the performance later that evening at the Brown Theatre.
On March 8 we also took musical quartet Brooklyn Rider to Newburg Middle School for a lecture-demonstration with 60 string students participating in the AMPED Academy of Music Production Education and Development youth program. Brooklyn Rider performed classical and nontraditional pieces, sharing stories and answering questions for over an hour.
The Kentucky Center’s nationally recognized Education and Community Arts programs include Arts in Healing, ArtsReach, School Programs and the Governor’s School for the Arts. Each year, these programs positively impact the lives of more than 25,000 patrons and provide over 10,000 youth with hands-on arts instruction, performance opportunities, and ticket subsidies, benefiting constituents in more than 100 of Kentucky's 150 counties.
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