We wanted to be sure and share this upbeat article regarding the growth and positive impact of The Kentucky Center's fledgling Arts in Healing program.
Here's an excerpt! To read the full article, click here.
"The Kentucky Center is not only in the business of entertaining, it is deeply vested in improving the quality of life for people grappling with daunting personal challenges.
You probably aren't aware of a center program called “Arts in Healing,” but you should be. This is a remarkable initiative that connects performing and visual artists with hospital patients, disabled people and a variety of individuals facing what may be the defining issues of their lives. The gift of art, even when expressed as fundamentally as striking a drum or strumming a guitar, can accomplish wonders.
Significantly, the center's achievement is not confined to training resident artists. It regularly links visiting individuals and ensembles with organizations in the community. When the Mark Morris Dance Group came to town last season, company members worked with selected patients in a hospital setting. Center officials hope the same will hold true when the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company visits later this month.
By integrating these two core components, the center has forged a model that deserves to be emulated in cities throughout the country. Credit is also due to the Arts and Healing partners, which include the Humana Foundation, the Fund for the Arts, the Norton Foundation, Our Lady of Peace and the Society for Arts in Healthcare. By leveraging their resources, these groups are doing something vital."