The Lyric has created an outlet for our region to help out the less fortunate closer to home. By the end of the 7-month program, we hope to clothe 250 of Lexington’s disadvantaged little girls. These simple summer dresses, created from pillowcases and ribbons, will bring pride and dignity to young girls who may not always feel such emotions. In the summer of 2012 we will then teach young girls how to sew these dresses for Haitian and African young girls in need. We want these young girls to experience how volunteering can teach them more about themselves and their world while preparing them for their future along with connecting them to their community.
Woodsongs worldwide multi-media celebration of grassroots, Americana music. Get ready to explore the beautiful world of folk, bluegrass, songwriting, new artists, literature, worldwide radio, television and concerts. This event meets every Monday here at the Lyric Theatre. Learn more about Woodsongs by clicking here.
Historic East End Walking Tour
This two mile walking tour will take participants from the corner of East Short and Dewees Street to the corner of East Third and Midland Avenue. Along the way, the history of the development of homes and businesses of both white and black citizens will create a picture of what the third quadrant of Lexington, known as the East End, really looked like from 1780 through the 1960s. Tours lead by local Historian Yvonne Giles.
Stitches and Stories
The Lyric Community Art Quilt
A project in partnership with Lexington Art League
Facilitator, Sarah Campbell
The Lyric is centrally located in the East End of Lexington. Its’ impact radiates outward through many segments of this community. Simultaneous to the re-construction of the facility, was this city-wide approach to building community.
Fourteen quilting bees took place during the summer of 2010, resulting in the creation of more than 100 quilt squares and a quilt that is 22 feet wide and 6 feet high.
Bee gatherings were held all around the city; in community centers, churches, libraries and schools. A diverse grouping of folk had the opportunity to sit together and exchange life stories while they pieced together the message they wanted represented in their individual quilt squares.
The stories were shared between young and old, women and men; between folks of varied income levels and work experiences and between people of different racial backgrounds and life experiences.
Participants used fabric, photos, beads, shells, yarn and other materials to create an individual square of art that would be joined together with a hundred more.
In the quilt, you will find family names and photos, churches, names of businesses,images of iconic music performers. You will find hopes, dreams and accomplishments.
The squares offer a reflection of the African American history that was central to the Lyric in the past. Further, they offer a depiction of the shared experiences of all people. The words Spirit, Vision, Triumph, Challenge, and Love are positioned prominently in the quilt. These words reveal the authentic story of what drives an individual; a family and ultimately a community.
The concept of the ceramic tile wall was developed through conversations with community members of various ages. Through these chats, the theme of “a community rising”, was revealed. The program director worked closely with the architect team to develop the visual symboligy that would express the sentiment from the community. The design of the wall is based on a Ghanaian Kente cloth pattern which means Renewal. The wall,which is positioned between the historic facility and the new facility, also reveals the notion of re-birth. The words WE RISE are strategically placed high upon the side of the wall facing the new facility; the historic side, without words, provides the culture and foundation that affirms a continual ascension.