MWSU Arts Calendar | St.
Joseph Allied Arts Calendar
Q & A with Stacey
Tell me about an early
arts experience that you remember:
My uncle would take me with him
to the theatre when I was just in grade school. It was always such a
special treat. We would get dinner and then go watch a performance
somewhere locally, like Potter Theatre at MWSU or the Missouri
Theatre. I remember watching Little Shop of Horrors and Up with
People and being completely mesmerized by it all—the lights, the
characters, the audience, the singing, the stage, all of it!
Did you go to MWSU?
Yep! I graduated in 2000 with a
B.I.S. degree in Theatre and Psychology. I wanted to learn more
about drama therapy, so I continued with graduate school at Kansas
State University in the Theatre department. I also have a Master of
Social Work degree from the University of Kansas. I sometimes get
asked who I cheer for when K-State and KU are rival teams, and it
really can be a dilemma…Am I a Jayhawk today? A Wildcat?
Do you really think St.
Joseph has an art scene?
I have no doubt—there is a lot
going on here! Sometimes, I think it can be hard for people to find
out what is going on in the city. So, one of my favorite aspects of
Art Beat, is that we bring the arts to our viewers’ homes. Also, we
update the Arts Calendar and keep it right on the front page of the
website, so viewers can go to it for more information.
What do you hope the
show accomplishes for viewers watching the show?
Well, I definitely hope that
viewers get a glimpse into some of the arts events going on in the
community. I hope that we show a broad spectrum of ways to enjoy the
arts, whether a show sparks a viewer’s interest in learning more
about an artist, to being motivated to go to the symphony for the
first time, volunteering at a local festival, enrolling in a
photography class, enjoying a local band, or discovering a new
family favorite tradition, I think there is something here for
What do you do when you
aren’t hosting the show?
Mostly, I am working for (i.e.
playing with) my two-year-old and four-year-old. It is really fun to
watch them experience the arts, and I feel like I am constantly
rediscovering my love for the arts through them. This year, Anna,
the four-year-old can’t stop singing songs that she learns at
pre-school, is drawing recognizable people figures, and is begging
me to take her to see Disney on Ice! Henry, the two-year-old, is a
budding photographer and rarely goes anywhere without his play