Rare footage, oral histories, and commentary from notable Kentuckians chronicles the story of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in a new documentary airing on KET (Kentucky Educational Television). “A Kentucky Treasure: A Center For All,” created by Joanna Hay with oral history interviews from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, will take viewers on a journey examining the artistic legacy of the commonwealth’s first and largest performing arts center.
“A Kentucky Treasure,” first featured on KET2 May 21, 22, and 23, will air again on KET3 at 4 p.m. and on KET1 at 5:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 31. To see a listing of all air dates for "A Kentucky Treasure: A Center for All," visit KET online at: www.ket.org/tvschedules/episode.php?nola=KTRCE+000000.
The documentary recounts the initial founding and opening of the Kentucky Center in 1983 through interviews with numerous civic, business and government leaders, many of whom were directly involved with its inception and development more than 30 years ago. Oral histories lend unique behind-the-scenes perspectives to the film, and footage and images from Nov. 19, 1983, transport viewers back to the center’s opening night. The half-hour documentary was commissioned as part of the Kentucky Center’s thirtieth anniversary.