Earlier this month, Christine Cook, an Audio Description Volunteer at The Kentucky Center, was selected as a finalist for the 2017 ROSE Awards. The ROSE Awards, which stands for Recognition of Service Excellence, are awarded by the Louisville Visitors and Convention Bureau to the “unsung heroes” in these categories: Accommodations, Attractions, Behind the Scenes, Dining, Transportation, and Volunteers.
According to Stacy Ridgway, the Center’s Accessibility Services Manager, Christine goes “above and beyond the call of duty” in everything that she does. In providing live Audio Description at performances, she makes the live theatre experience accessible to people who are blind or who have low vision at The Kentucky Center, Brown Theatre on Broadway, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Kentucky Shakespeare.
In her 15+ years as a Kentucky Center volunteer, Christine has positively impacted the cultural accessibility for thousands of patrons with visual disabilities. She is also the voice heard on all of The Kentucky Center’s recordings of print materials for people with visual disabilities created during that time.
Christine’s many contributions to The Kentucky Center have greatly expanded the number of men and women who can enjoy Louisville’s thriving arts scene. Her dedication to excellent service is a gift not only to The Kentucky Center, but to our entire community.