CKCT to put grant to use

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Funds part of state effort to emphasize the arts

By Brandon Mattingly

The Central Kentucky Community Theatre received plenty of praise and a bit of financial assistance at the Arts Day in Kentucky event held in Frankfort two weeks ago.

The theater was presented a check for $4,495 by Sen. Tom Buford and Rep. Kim King as part of a Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2013. The grant received by CKCT was among $1.8 million distributed to 102 non-profit arts organizations across Kentucky for the 2014 fiscal year.

“The help of the Kentucky Arts Council is very important to us,” said Will Davis, CKCT managing artistic director. “Their support of the arts in our area helps us to not only continue with the work we do but to expand upon it as well.”

Davis also touched on how the funds could benefit the theater, pointing out that it will help cover numerous costs.

“There isn’t a single item that the grant will go towards, but instead it allows us to grow slightly in many areas,” he said. “One way I think this financial support can be seen is in the technical aspects of our shows.”

The local theater has been a resounding success over the years, including rave reviews of the most recent youth actor-led show of “Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical” in January. That sort of success and helping to engrain the arts in the community is part of what led to the grant.

“Kentucky has excellent arts organizations in every region of the Commonwealth that provide year-round arts experiences in their communities,” said Lori Meadows, Kentucky Arts Council executive director, in a press release. “The state arts agency is proud to partner with the Central Kentucky Community Theatre to ensure the arts are made available to all Kentuckians.”

Davis added that those with a hand in the operations of the theater are forward-thinking and are continually looking to improve the product they provide to a growing audiences. Their attentions are currently set on the next show, which is just around the corner.

“This kind of grant allows us to slowly raise the bar of the professionalism in the theater that we are lucky enough to provide to the community,” Davis said. “I feel that each show has improved since I’ve joined the team here at CKCT and I can’t wait to see what David Dunaway and the cast of “The Importance of Being Earnest” will bring to us in March.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” is scheduled for the weekends of March 7-9 and 14-16. Visit www.centralkytheatre.com/centralkytheatreschedule.html for ticket information.

Note: The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.