The grant awarded $5,000 to the museum and Trigg County Schools for a theatrical production. Last spring, organizers presented “Seussical the Musical” with SCAPP funds. The grant is described by Seussical Director Portia Ezell as “seed money” to create an ongoing performing arts program within the community.
Ezell said that she has not selected a play because she was unsure how much money would be awarded, and that different plays require different amounts to fund. She hopes to cast the play and begin rehearsal earlier this year, because Seussical’s performance dates conflicted with several end-of-school-year activities.
The Janice Mason Board of Directors also approved a policy at last Thursday’s board meeting relating to objectionable material. Though the board tries to respect community standards and avoid objectionable material, the policy said that objections would be referred to the museum director for review, and explanation of why a particular piece is part of the collection.
Ezell referred to a complaint from a teacher about a particular piece, and felt that the objection had been a “missed opportunity for teaching.”
Museum Director Paula Lisowsky said that several younger visitors to the museum gathered around a piece that featured some nudity. Rather than conceal the art or ask that it be removed, Lisowsky said that their teacher asked why they found the exhibit to be amusing, and that it was art, without admonishing. The students stopped laughing and moved on to enjoy other pieces within the exhibit.
Board member Jan Culwell observed that television often presents far more controversial subject material.
Lisowsky announced that tickets to the museum’s “Chocolate Affair” had been printed and were available for purchase. The event is scheduled for February 10, and is $12 for museum members, and $15 for non-members.
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