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CONTACT: Margaret Prim  270-887-4295 


Christian County to Read and Celebrate Station Eleven
In October

June 8, 2017—Hopkinsville—Pennyroyal Arts Council is a recipient of a grant of $16,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Christian County. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Pennyroyal Arts Council is one of 75 nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Big Read grant to host a community reading program between September 2017 and June 2018. The NEA Big Read in Christian County will focus on STATION ELEVEN by EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL. Activities will take place October 5th through November 3rd, 2017.
“We are so excited to be chosen again this year to receive The Big Read grant. This will be our fourth year to present community-wide programming. The success of this program directly relates to our community partnerships and the dedication of our committee members. It is a great opportunity for our community to read the same book and then share conversations and activities-all while encouraging literacy for all ages.” Says Margaret Prim, Executive Director of Pennyroyal Arts Council.
“Through the NEA Big Read we are bringing contemporary works to communities across the country, helping us better understand the diverse voices and perspectives that come with it,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “These 75 organizations have developed unique plans to celebrate these works, including numerous opportunities for exploration and conversation.”

The NEA Big Read showcases a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, aiming to inspire conversation and discovery. The main feature of the initiative is a grants program, which annually supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection.
Our partners in this program are Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library and the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville Christian County. Our community partners include Christian County Public Schools, Hopkinsville Community College, City of Hopkinsville, Christian County Fiscal Court,   Christian County Chamber of Commerce, Christian County Literacy Council, Hopkinsville Boys and Girls Club, Hopkinsville Art Guild, Kentucky New Era and Planters Bank.

Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,400 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $19 million in grants to organizations nationwide. In addition, Big Read activities have reached every Congressional district in the country. Over the past eleven years, grantees have leveraged more than $42 million in local funding to support their NEA Big Read programs. More than 4.8 million Americans have attended an NEA Big Read event, approximately 79,000 volunteers have participated at the local level, and 37,000 community organizations have partnered to make NEA Big Read activities possible. Last summer, the NEA announced a new focus for the NEA Big Read Library on contemporary authors and books written since the NEA was founded 50 years ago. For more information about the NEA Big Read, please visit
The Pennyroyal Arts Council was established in 1977 and our mission is to encourage, develop, and promote arts appreciation through education, support, service and presentation.
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more about NEA.

Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit
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Media Release: Introducing the WKMS Short Storytelling Contest
Date:  9-9-16
Contact:  Jenni Todd ( or 270-809-4748)

Murray State’s public radio service 91.3 WKMS introduces a new Short Storytelling Contest this fall.  Submissions will be accepted via email through October 16, and finalists will have the opportunity to perform their work, have it professionally recorded and aired on WKMS, and have excerpts published.

Entrants should submit an original written short story accompanied by an audio recording of that story to with your contact information. The story length should be between 5 to 10 minutes.  There are step-by-step instructions for recording yourself with a smartphone at

The story must meet WKMS and FCC standards (meaning no profanities). Submissions will be accepted through October 16 at midnight. A group of judges will narrow those down to our Top 5.

The Top 5 will tell their short stories live Tuesday, October 25 at 6 p.m. at Murray State’s Clara Eagle Gallery located on the 6th Floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building.  We’ll professionally record the readings and air them during Sounds Good the next week. The Top 5 stories will also appear printed in Hopkinsville’s Big Read Finale Booklet.

The Top 2 will go on to read their stories Saturday, November 5 at Hopkinsville’s Alhambra Theatre as a featured part of the Big Read Finale Event. The overall winner will also have excerpts from their story featured in Paducah Life magazine, with the full story published online.

It is a great opportunity to share your work – and your storytelling chops – with your community. Entrants must be available for the October 25 and November 5 reading dates if selected as finalists.
WKMS broadcasts a continuous, comprehensive mix of news and music, with stations including 91.3 WKMS-FM, WKMS HD-1 and All-Classical HD-2, Murray; 90.9 WKMD, WKMD HD-1 and HD-2, Madisonville; 89.5 WKMT, Fulton; and All-Classical 92.5 Paducah, 88.9 Murray and 105.1 Madisonville. WKMS also streams both its News and All-Classical channels online at, a robust website offering playlists, regional news and an online contribution page.  For more call 1-800-599-4737.


Thu 8/11/2016 10:17 AM

Media Contact: Margaret C Prim
Phone: (270) 887-4295



The Pennyroyal Arts Council is thrilled to announce their 2016-2017 LIVE at the Alhambra season. The season includes five fabulous shows beginning in September with Shadows of the 60’s, a tribute to the tremendous legacy of The Four Tops, Temptations & the Supremes. Fresh from their first Grammy win for Best Bluegrass album, The SteelDrivers once again grace the Alhambra stage in October. We will get into the Holiday spirit with award-winning vocalist and country music superstar, Lori Morgan, in December.  In February 2017, Grammy-award winner BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will bring the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and their blends of Zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex country and blues to the stage.

For our season finale, Semi-Toned, a fourteen men strong a cappella group from the United Kingdom bring their charisma, musical wit and whimsical choreography to Hopkinsville. Their repertoire features an eclectic mix of chart toppers, 70s, 80s and 90s throwback, Broadway and movie hits and promises to bring the house down!

Season ticket holders have advanced reserved seating, reduced pricing, no handling fees, complimentary pass for five performances from Clarksville Community Concert 2016-2017 series, 2 classic movie passes and email notifications about added and upcoming events.
This is an amazing line-up this season and incredible value for the level of talent coming to the Alhambra.
The revenue raised from the LIVE at the Alhambra series helps the Pennyroyal Arts Council fund educational programming and keep the beautiful Alhambra Theater open and thriving.

Season Tickets are available now for $150 for adults and $75 for students. You can reserve your seats by calling the­­­­ Pennyroyal Arts Council at (270) 887-4295 or at The L&N Depot located at 425 East Ninth Street, Hopkinsville, Monday through Friday from 8:30-3:00.