Accustomed to theaters and museums..reporter Rich Copley found himself in a different venue recently…a courtroom. Rich, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, won access to public documents describing alleged mismanagement at the EKU Center for the Arts. Those allegations eventually resulted in the resignation of center director Debra Hoskins. He spoke with WEKU reporter Charles Compton.
Debra Hoskins was executive director of EKU Center for the Arts when it opened in September 2011. By January 2012, university employees took over business operations because of irregularities.
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The administration of Eastern Kentucky University attempted to fire EKU Center for the Arts director Debra Hoskins on June 12 because of allegations including fiscal misconduct and falsification of university records and documents. Violation of human-resources policies, improper handling of customers' credit card information, and the misleading of university officials were also alleged. The university's issues with Hoskins while she led the $33 million publicly financed arts center are described in 740 pages of documents obtained late Wednesday afternoon under the Kentucky Open Records law.
Kentucky has spawned its fair share of Hollywood actors….from Patricia Neal to Jennifer Lawrence, and now, Michael Shannon. The Lexington native cancelled an appearance this weekend at the Kentucky Theater, but Shannon’s newest film still opens there. Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, spoke about this weekend’s events with WEKU’s Charles Compton.
Marking spring in much of the Bluegrass, a series of arts and cultural events is set for this weekend. When it comes to such events, reporter Rich Copley says the big kahuna is Keeneland’s spring race meet. Rich covers arts and culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.
Two-story windows grace the exterior of the EKU Center for the Arts.
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Less than four months after the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts opened in Richmond, university employees were assigned to take over business operations of the center and address concerns including mishandling of cash, irregular student employment practices and improper handling of customer credit card numbers that potentially compromised security and threatened the university's overall ability to accept charge cards.
The touring company of the musical version of The Addams Family features Amanda Bruton, left, as Grandma, Jennifer Fogarty as Wednesday, Dan Olson as Lurch, Jesse Sharp as Gomez, KeLeen Snowgren as Morticia, Shaun Rice as Uncle Fester and Jeremy Todd Shinder as Pugsley.
It is not unusual for Bianca Spriggs to be reading her poetry on a Saturday night. But something is different this evening at Lexington’s West Sixth Brewing: A lot of people in the audience have portions of Spriggs’ poem, “The _______ of the Universe,” written on their bodies. It’s a Magnetic Poetry party for the Lexington Tattoo Project, the latest community involvement art project from Lexington artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova.
From Lincoln to Lawrence, Kentuckians play a big part in this weekend’s Oscar Ceremony. Here to preview it and other events is culture reporter Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. In his weekly conversation with WEKU’s Charles Compton, Rich spoke first about a production by the Kentucky Ballet.
The line-up this rainy Sunday evening at a Natasha’s Bistro and Bar includes music by the Black-Eyed Peas, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. It’s not an all-star benefit concert that’s lost its way. It’s J String, a combination of Lexington cellist Jacob Yates and Broadway actress Jessica Hendy. Much of their summer last year was spent putting their own spin on some of pop music’s biggest hits.
The search for a new director for the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts remains on hold as the center's Community Operations Board and the university struggle with the question of who would have authority over the director. At the end of last year, the entities were grappling over the wording of a memorandum of understanding between the board and the university.
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The mountains meet the Jersey Shore in a production staged this weekend in central Kentucky. Also, the season for Bluegrass music begins, if ever really ended, in Clay City. And, an art show that zooms in on the purely human form returns to Lexington. Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, offers a preview of this weekend's events.
For seven years, KET’s Kentucky Muse has been documenting the stories of the Commonwealth’s artists. Often, the stories are close to the Bluegrass – the glass blowing of Stephen Rolfe Powell or writing of Ed McClanahan. But the latest installment follows the story of Wendy Whelan, a Louisville girl who dreamed of being a ballerina. She is now in her 22nd year as a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet.
In 2012, another change in directors at the EKU Center for the Arts has its board and university administrators in a dispute over its control.
Central Kentucky’s cultural life grew richer in 2012, but there were also setbacks. A brand new venue had management problems, while an outdoor, summer concert ended a four-decade run. Here to look back at the old-year is Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.
The ballet features Elena V. Munoz Diaz, left, and Hana Johnson as rag dolls; Tajayona Wilson and Belen Pozzolo as boxes; and Shayda Alba Alsalihi and Carmen Everson as candy canes.
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On the weekend before Christmas, theater-goers tend to stay home and producers take some time off. That’s not the case this year in Lexington. According to Rich Copley, who covers culture for the Lexington Herald Leader, dancers will be on stage at two venues. Rich spoke with reporter Charles Compton.