Oldham County Arts Center

‘Tunes ’n Tales’
to feature music, stories

By Ruth Wright
Staff Writer

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (Sept. 2003) – The Oldham County Arts Center, a.k.a. Crestwood Baptist Church, will feature its first public performance, “Tunes ’n Tales,” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19. Nationally known folk humorist Tim Stivers will headline the family-oriented event, which will also feature the Oldham County Singers and folk singer

Oldham County Arts Center

Photo by Don Ward

Oldham County Arts Center

Greg Jowaisis. Stivers will appear courtesy of the Corn Island Storytelling Festival, scheduled for Sept. 20 in Louisville.
Although it is still occupied by CBC, the property located at 7105 Floydsburg Rd. adjacent to Crestwood Elementary is owned by the Oldham County Board of Education.
The school board purchased the approximately 48,000-square-foot church in November 2001 for $1.6 million, funds appropriated by Oldham County fiscal court through the Dynegy project. Since then, CBC has leased the property from the school board while waiting for the completion of its new church located off Hwy. 329 (Crestwood Bypass) near the entrance of Magnolia Place subdivision.
The OCBE plans to take full possession of the property on Jan. 1. In the interim, the church’s September schedule allowed for the event, according to arts center director David Thurmond.
Once CBC moves to its new location at the beginning of next year, the OCBE will close the property for approximately six months for safety inspections and code-related updates required by the state board of education, Thurmond said.
These include checks for and removal of any asbestos materials, installation of a sprinkler system and installation of locks consistent with the OCBE security system. Besides the required updates, the facility will be largely unimproved when it officially opens, Thurmond said.

David Thurmond
David Thurmond

A master plan on file at the school board office details future plans for the facility once funds become available. The Oldham County Educational Foundation, a volunteer organization in operation since 1989 whose primary focus is raising money for the schools, will take the lead in securing funds for development of the arts center.
“The educational foundation has agreed to support (the arts center) in fundraising and marketing,” said foundation president Judy Vetovitz. The foundation, whose projects have included providing computers, printers and other technology equipment for the schools as well as granting $1,000 “pyramid awards” to teachers who qualify and meet particular criteria, has already initiated that effort by sending out a survey to local civic groups, churches and all school personnel, seeking input on the arts center. The survey is currently being tabulated and will help guide the foundation’s fundraising efforts and determine how the center can best serve the needs of the community.
Although the arts center will be operated and maintained by the OCBE, the facility will provide services to both public school students and the community as a whole when it officially opens next August.
“It’s going to provide opportunities, not just for students but for everyone,” Oldham County Schools Superintendent Blake Haselton said. In addition to school activities, the center will be available to the public for recitals, plays, concerts and classes. The center will also be the new home of the Oldham County Adult and Community Education program. The program is currently housed at the Tri-County Community Action Agency administrative offices in Buckner. Moving the program to the arts center will allow it to expand in a way that has not been possible in the past, Thurmond said.
“Tunes ’n Tales” will be the second event sponsored by the Oldham County school board at the church since purchasing it. The first was a program held there last year for fifth-grade students from the county’s elementary schools.
The program featured dance companies from San Francisco and Paris and “was specifically related to the dance curriculum that the students were learning in the schools,” Thurmond said. The program was typical of the kind that the school board plans to offer its student population once the arts center is open full time.
Part of the school board’s commitment to the arts center stems from the opportunity it will provide to enhance the education of the county’s public school students.
Tickets to the event are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children and will be available at the door. The event is recommended for families with children 8 and older.

• For information, call (502) 222-8880 or visit: www.oldhamcountyartscenter.com.

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