Arts Council hosting a memorable awareness event

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - As part of its ongoing campaign to raise awareness and membership, the Bullitt County Arts Council selected Memorial Day weekend to celebrate what it offers to the community.

The BCAC visual arts showcase and concert takes place Saturday, May 26, at Shepherdsville City Park.

"We're taking a day to show all of our various interests," said BCAC council member Benji Simmons. "We'll have musicians, actors, artists... we're going to have people there from each of the individual parts of the council offering more information."

BCAC is known in the community for its theatre group. Simmons mentioned the group was just one category in the many art styles offered by the council.

"The theatre group is definitely our most prolific group," he said. "There are groups for baskets and knitting, visual artists, photography, and we're working on establishing a Bullitt County community band."

According to Simmons, the community band is a collection of a broad group of musicians available to perform at various civic functions.

"It's like a concert band but with a network of musicians," Simmons said. "We'll be able to offer a brass band, or a drum line. It's just a matter of getting the right musicians together. We have them in Bullitt County."

The weekend event is more than just information. A performance is scheduled by Megan Cowe, Bullitt County's Vocalist of the Year presented by BCAC.

Also performing Saturday is Austen & The Awesomes, a Dixieland band made up of Bullitt Central High School students.

The BCAC's Prime Time Improv Players will perform,  doing various acting challenges without scripts.

Local artists will attend the event, showcasing many of their works in varying artistic styles.

Simmons said the many artists are gathering this weekend as a way to further promote the BCAC and raise awareness to increase membership.

"We recently reached our goal of 150 likes on Facebook," he said. "Our goal now is to get that number up to 500. We're also looking for volunteers with multiple interests."

According to Simmons, anyone and everyone is invited to join BCAC, no matter their level of expertise and experience in any category.

"It doesn't matter if you've been involved for any amount of time, you can gather with those with a lot of experience," he said. "It's a great educational tool for those who are wanting to learn."

The visual showcase and concerts hosted by BCAC will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  at the City Park. Admission is free.

Simmons encouraged everyone to make a day of it during Memorial Day weekend.

"Bring your own food and just have a good time while you experience what we have to offer," he said.

BCAC meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Ridgway Memorial Library. For more information visit www.bullittarts.org.