WHAS Crusade for Children donates $35k to Kentucky Center Arts in Healing, ArtsReach, and Access Services

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Rob Thomas

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts recently received a $35,000 gift from WHAS Crusade for Children. This grant will be used to expand The Kentucky Center’s Arts in Healing, ArtsReach, and Access es, in order to support more children with special needs. These programs provide inspiring, educational, and entertaining experiences to those with limited access to the arts.

“The generosity and support of our corporate community is powerful,” said Kentucky Center President Kim Baker. “Grants like this one from WHAS Crusade for Children make it possible for The Kentucky Center to change the lives of children with diverse backgrounds and circumstances through the arts.”

This grant from WHAS Crusade for Children will impact more than 5,000 children with special needs through Arts in Healing and ArtsReach. The funds will also provide Access Services, including a ramp to the Bomhard Theater’s "Quiet Room." 

Arts in Healing currently serves patients recovering from substance abuse, movement disorders and the wounds of war, children facing physical and emotional abuse and abandonment, seniors embracing the end of life, families dealing with homelessness, and patients undergoing cancer treatment. Participants engage in instrumental music, vocal music, storytelling, dance, drama and visual arts – providing a creative outlet for stress and difficult circumstances.

ArtsReach is a vital program for our community as it takes the arts to where youth live, play and attend school. The program works with community centers throughout Metro Louisville to empower youth through studio arts instruction in dance, violin and visual art. The program also provides youth with affordable tickets to performances and the opportunity to perform on The Kentucky Center’s professional stages. Participants in ArtsReach learn new skills, expand their horizons and develop a sense of self, well-being and belonging. As the individual is empowered, the arts simultaneously build and strengthen the community. 

Learn more about The Kentucky Center's Education and Community Arts Programs.

About The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

The mission of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is to lead and enrich the artistic, educational and economic vitality of the region by providing unparalleled programming and cultural events. The Center serves Kentucky through education and initiatives which expand and diversify audiences while enhancing their understanding, appreciation and support for the arts.

About The Kentucky Center’s Arts in Healing Program

Arts in Healing provides artist residencies and on-going arts programming of instrumental music, vocal music, storytelling, dance, drama, poetry-writing and the visual arts to patients in 15 local healthcare facilities, including Our Lady of Peace, Nazareth Home, The Robley Rex VA Medical Center, Frazier Rehabilitation Institute, Volunteers of America, The James Graham Brown Cancer Center and The Home of the Innocents. 

About The Kentucky Center’s ArtsReach Program

Since 1991, The Kentucky Center's ArtsReach program has empowered community centers to program the arts, nurtured and developed diverse artists and audiences, engaged youth and created community through the arts.

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