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
by Don Ward
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 churchs 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.
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 foundations fundraising
efforts and determine how the center can best serve the needs of the
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.
Its 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 countys 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 boards commitment to the arts center stems
from the opportunity it will provide to enhance the education of the
countys 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.