Music On Call
“Music just lifts your whole heart up and it can change your whole attitude and your whole thinking. It makes us feel better. It makes us want to give more to other people.”
That’s how Jenny Mauller, a detainee at the Daviess County Detention Center, describes Music on Call, a community engagement program from the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra that brings music to the people, including those behind the walls of a prison.
Vent Haven – A Museum of Ventriloquism
There’s only one museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism, and it is located in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, in Kenton County. It was founded by William Shakespeare Berger in 1963.
“W.S. Berger initially started calling this Vent Haven because a haven is a place of rest, and vent is short for ventriloquist,” explains Tom Ladshaw, a board member of Vent Haven. “It was a place where ventriloquists could come and hang out, where they could leave their dummies when they were gone, and they would always have a place here.”
“A lot of times, people hear ‘Shakespeare’ and they say, ‘Oh, my kid’s not an actor,’ or ‘Those words are too hard,’ or, ‘My kid’s not a good reader,’” says Keith McGill, Teaching Artist with Kentucky Shakespeare. “It’s never been about how well you read. Shakespeare was given to people who weren’t allowed to read or didn’t know how to read. And what I want to be able to do is, you are creating a play so that you understand it a lot more than if you were just trying to read the play.”
Kids of all ages come to Camp Shakespeare in Louisville and Frankfort and get the experience of learning, creating, and performing Shakespeare in a welcoming environment.