ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/TALENT BUYER
Board of Directors
Low Key Arts provides opportunities for all ages to experience performances and workshops by musical, cinematic and artistic innovators from around the world.
Newly-transplanted from the west coast, Sonny Kay is a working artist, part-time musician, and founder of the cult record label, Gold Standard Laboratories. After promoting concerts and managing a nightclub in college, he turned his attention to releasing music and creating album cover art. He has worked hands-on with literally hundreds of groups including Fugazi, The Offspring, The Mars Volta, The Locust, and Chelsea Wolfe, to name a few. First passing through Hot Springs on tour with his own band in 2006, Kay was eventually lured back in 2017 to helm Low Key Arts and help guide it into its next phase.
Cheryl Roorda has been a fan of Low Key Arts since before its conception. If she wasn’t at a Low Key event, she was probably watching all the kids. She is known locally as an accordion player for the “Itinerant Locals”, and has recently opened SQZBX pizza joint and brewery with her husband Zac. Zac is the station manager for KUHS-LP, and Cheryl does her best to make sure the details are attended to. She also hosts a radio show on KUHS, “Your Permanent Record”, every Thursday afternoon from 3-5. She is not a native of Hot Springs, but she got here as soon as she could.
Hailing from New Jersey, Kentucky, Houston (grade school) and Waco Texas (Baylor University) and Little Rock, Arkansas, Clayton Blackstock was recruited to join Low Key Arts’ Board in 2014 based on his performance at the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade firing 3,000 green ping pong balls into the crowd. A legal counselor by trade and a rough carpenter by inheritance, Low Key Arts’ music (VOV & Hot Water Hills), filmmaking (Inception to Projection and Arkansas Shorts), and broadcasting (KUHS 97.9) programs have stirred the long dormant non analytical circuits of his frontal lobe. If you haven’t tasted any of these servings, Clayton would love to take you on a tour of the land of Low Key Arts.
Erin was born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Immediately following high school, she headed out to the great Midwest where she lived in St. Louis and Springfield, Illinois for many years before deciding to return home to Hot Springs. Erin has worked at the Garland County Library in many different positions for nearly 10 total years, currently doing bookkeeping and public relations. Someday she’ll finish the college degree that she’s been working on for years, but in the meantime, she chases around a daughter named Scout, a husband named Chris, dogs, cats, and many many chickens.
Shea Childs is a Hot Springs native. She founded Low Key Arts with her partner Bill Solleder in 2005. She has yet to give it up. She’s a midwife and a mother and believes music is medicine and art is essential.
Mary Ann Bailey Sharp (aka MABS) joined the KUHS Steering Committee in May 2014, adding her radio show, As If, to the station’s inaugural lineup. She later joined the LKA Board of Directors in January 2015. A native of Hot Springs, MABS moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 2000’s where she began her career in tech recruiting and has been immersed ever since as a Technical Sourcer, working for the likes of Google, Facebook, Zynga and Microsoft. After missing the South for too long, she returned home with her family to enjoy Hot Springs’ vibrant community and lake life. She now works remotely for Vevo where she splits her time between home, New York City and San Francisco. MABS is passionate about 90s culture, tech and, most of all, MUSIC.
Bobby Missile grew up in the South and has been organizing live events since the year 2000. He's toured the world in his many bands including his most recent musical project Ghost Bones. In January of 2006, Bobby moved to Hot Springs to open a diy music venue called The Exchange. After years of touring and booking shows he decided to create his own booking agency called Ballistic Missile Booking, and quickly his roster grew to over 40 artists from across the globe. In September of 2013 he was hired by the Mercury Prize winning band Alt-J as their touring stage manager/guitar tech. Bobby became the Artistic Director of Low Key Arts in 2016. If you have a question about the history of Hot Springs, he's the guy to ask.
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Rob Cox is a recent addition to Hot Springs. In a past life, he was a videographer/production
manager in the corporate and broadcasting world for over 25 years. After purchasing and remodeling The Happy Hollow, Rob left the television world and moved his family to Hot Springs in July of 2017. He is a lifelong music fan/collector and hopes to help forward the vision of Low Key Arts.
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Giovanna Splawn (aka Gio), is a longtime Hot Springs native. She moved to Colorado in 2006, where she began a career in dog grooming, met her husband Jeffrey Don, and gave birth to her daughter, Ila. After that, she returned home to Hot Springs where she became a working artist for the Little Rock and Hot Springs farmers' markets. Six years ago, she opened her own dog and cat grooming salon, Gio’s Paw Spa. Gio enjoys her longtime hobby of tie-dying, as well as traveling, music, festivals and spending time with her family. She's excited to be active and help our community thrive to be the best it can be!