SKyPAC to remain closed through October

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center Foundation Board voted Wednesday evening to extend the temporary closure of SKyPAC and the Capitol Arts Center through Oct. 31, 2020.

Both facilities have been closed to the public since mid-March in response to the global COVID-19 virus.

Acknowledging the desire to re-open at 100% capacity as soon as possible, the board indicated they would be willing to adjust the closure timeline based on continued assessment of area conditions. Though most events had previously been postponed beyond this date, the closure officially cancels any shows or rentals through the end of October, including the annual SOKY’s Got Talent competition and the BG OnStage production of Shrek The Musical JR., both slated for September.

“In evaluating the enormous challenges posed on the entire performing arts industry, it became increasingly evident that closing both of our facilities for the next four months seemed a responsible course of action,” said SKyPAC Foundation Board Chair, Beth Sigler. “By suspending operations and minimizing expenses as much as possible, we hope to better position ourselves to emerge from this pandemic once the public feels safe and comfortable returning to our facilities.”

As part of the austerity measures, staff reductions and furloughs are expected. Among the personnel-related changes, Tom Carto is no longer employed as the president and chief executive officer of the SKyPAC Foundation. Carto had been with the organization since June 2018.

Despite the closure, limited staff will continue to be available to serve SKyPAC patrons. For questions regarding tickets for postponed or cancelled shows, visit, or call the SKyPAC Ticket Office at (270) 904-1880.