WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (KT) – The Art Encounter has gone green in supporting Kentuckians to honor coronavirus victims.
Public buildings, businesses, landmarks and homes have been lit green since Gov. Andy Beshear asked for that gesture early on during the coronavirus crisis. He started by lighting up the Governor’s Mansion and the State Capitol building.
"Green is the color of compassion, it’s the color of empathy...it lets people know that we are thinking about them, that we care about them, that we love every single Kentuckian around us," the governor said.
Beshear asks each day during his press conference for Kentuckians to turn on green lights as a show of compassion for victims and their families.
“In support of this, we changed the lighting system at the Ark Encounter last night (Tuesday) to show a stunning green life-size Noah’s Ark,” the Facebook post said. “As Christians, we show compassion as the Bible instructs us: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind … You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22: 37-39.
The Ark is closed to the public per Beshear’s executive order that closes nonessential businesses during the pandemic.
In a video posted to the Ark Encounter’s Facebook page, co-founder Mike Zovath said the idea of lighting the ark green came following a conversation with Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner.
“To show solidarity and compassion for Kentuckians, really,” Zovath says in the video. “Other states might have other symbols of solidarity, but it’s really to show we care about people in Kentucky and we’re with everyone in the state. We’re going to beat this together.”