From the desk of Stephen Klein, president, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Economic ups and downs are just a fact of life, an unavoidable roller coaster ride that can be more unsettling than fun, even during the up times. The good news is that the economy is cyclical. A year from now, things will certainly have improved. In the meantime, we all look for ways to adjust and to cope.
Many of you will be looking for ways to tighten your belts, and that might well mean spending less on entertainment. When confronted with uncertain forecasts and distressing headlines, it seems only natural to focus our resources on necessities and less on things that are considered luxuries.
I cannot tell you that you are wrong. Of course you will economize, and that could mean spending less on the arts. I would only hope to remind you that you have a spirit to feed as well as a body, and in tough times, the spirit perhaps needs more nourishment than ever.
Remember, there are many terrific arts activities in our community that don't cost a great deal of money. There are wonderful local arts groups and community theaters that provide excellent productions, galleries that exhibit compelling works, and parks designed for the appreciation of all. There are music festivals and local arts celebrations throughout the Commonwealth, highlighting Kentucky's wonderful artistic heritage. These cost little or nothing to enjoy. And, as always, The Kentucky Center will do everything to keep the cost of our own shows reasonable and to offer a diverse array of performances with a wide range of ticket prices.
Some of the greatest artistic achievements in history were accomplished by artists in difficult circumstances. They understood that the human heart needs beauty as surely as it needs food.
I encourage you to seek out many of the arts groups and producing organizations that abound in Kentucky. These groups would be delighted to help you find new ways to experience the beauty of the arts as we all wait for the roller coaster to start uphill again.