Sonny Kay
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
kay@lowkeyarts.org

Zac Smith
KUHS DIRECTOR
zac@kuhsradio.org

Bobby Missile
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/TALENT BUYER
missile@lowkeyarts.org

Board of Directors

Cheryl Roorda
PRESIDENT

Clayton Blackstock
VICE PRESIDENT

Erin Baber
TREASURER

Shea Childs
DIRECTOR

Gabriel Fisher
DIRECTOR

Amelia Houser
DIRECTOR

Anne Quinn
DIRECTOR

Blake Butler
DIRECTOR

Marisa Rodgers
DIRECTOR

Mary Sharp
DIRECTOR

Low Key Arts provides opportunities for all ages to experience performances and workshops by musical, cinematic and artistic innovators from around the world.

Profiles

Sonny Kay

SONNY KAY

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

CHERYL ROORDA

PRESIDENT

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.

Clayton Blackstock

CLAYTON BLACKSTOCK

VICE PRESIDENT

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 Baber

ERIN BABER

TREASURER

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

SHEA CHILDS

DIRECTOR

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.

Gabe Fisher

GABRIEL FISHER

DIRECTOR

Gabriel Fisher is a long-time resident of Hot Springs. He is a financial advisor with Edward Jones and an avid fan of outdoor activities like hiking, camping, travel, and music and arts festivals. He likes spending time with his family and friends in downtown Hot Springs and at the lakes, and volunteering for local non-profit organizations like Low Key Arts, where he hopes to have a positive impact.

Mary Sharp

MARY SHARP

DIRECTOR

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.

Amelia Houser

AMELIA HOUSER

DIRECTOR

American, southern, daughter, sister, mother, friend, artist, whittler, seamstress, volunteer, traveler, rambler, purveyor of vintage goods and handmade wares, logistics and fix-it person, and lately, an old salt. Also, a forever fan of music, film, art, pets and honest folks.

Bobby Missile

BOBBY MISSILE

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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.

Zac Smith

ZAC SMITH

KUHS DIRECTOR

Bio Coming Soon!

ANNE QUINN

DIRECTOR

Bio Coming Soon!

Blake Butler

BLAKE BUTLER

DIRECTOR

Bio Coming Soon!

MARISA

DIRECTOR

Bio Coming Soon!

Support for Low Key Arts is Provided in Part By:

Hot Springs National Park, AR
National Endowment for the Arts
Arkansas Arts Council