Enriching the student experience at JCTC Unity Festival
In April, The Kentucky Center partnered with the Jefferson County Technical College (JCTC) to celebrate multicultural humanities during the annual JCTC Unity Festivals. The KC Programming team worked to secure musicians promoting their cultural identity and heritage through a contemporary lens.
La Victoria, a Los Angeles-based mariachi-inspired female trio, and Louisville-based DJ Yared Sound performed at the JCTC Southwest campus on April 11 and the JCTC Downtown campus on April 12.
The artists performed multiple sets each day, and met with students, faculty and staff, enjoying food prepared by students and participating in various arts activities happening during the festival. Students in JCTC music classes also shadowed the KC Production team during the Downtown festival to learn more about professional production opportunities.
Since 2004, the KC and JCTC have partnered through various multicultural programs from performances on Kentucky Center stages and on JCTC campus sites to professional development opportunities for staff, faculty and students. Providing live performances as well as Arts in Healing hands-on creative opportunities, this partnership develops civic responsibility among the JCTC student body and incorporates exploring diverse cultures and arts practices into the curriculum.
The Kentucky Center Arts in Healing program presented workshops at the Southwest and Shelby Campuses making Prayer Flags, a Tibetan tradition. As students contemplated their lives and current global events, they chose symbols represent their hopes and dreams, applying them to colorful pieces of fabric through print-blocking and other decorative supplies. In the process, students obtained first-hand experience using art as a tool to enhance their well-being and relieve stress during difficult times, such as during finals at the end of semester.