Kentucky Arts Council, Center for the Performing Arts presenting cultural accessibility summit

As the baby boom generation ages and more inclusive classrooms are able take field trips, accommodating people with disabilities at performance halls and museums is taking center stage. That’s the observation of Stacy Ridgway, manager of accessibility services at Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville. The center has been a standard bearer in accessibility since it first introduced...

Marcello Cormio appointed newest musical director for Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras

The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) have appointed Marcello Cormio as the new Music Director. After an almost year-long search and vetting process, Cormio was chosen from three final candidates for the position. A search committee formed in July 2016 to interview and select the candidates for the next conductor, who, in addition to conducting CKYO’s Symphony and Concert Orchestras, will...

Constance Alexander: Inspired by images of people with disabilities, 7th graders celebrate Poetry Month

This year, January, February and March stacked up so fast, it has been hard to keep up. And now I hear the faint patter of graceful April approaching, fragrant as spring rain and sweet camellias. April is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate the power of words. Compliments of the Academy of American Poets, this is the twenty-first birthday of Poetry Month. Western Kentucky is noting this important...

Murray writer, KyForward columnist Alexander selected Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist

Constance Alexander, a writer of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays and essays and a columnist for KyForward, has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council’s Featured Artist for March and April. Alexander is a 2003 recipient of the arts council’s Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship and was honored with the 2014 Governor’s Awards in the Arts Media Award. Childhood piano lessons and a love of...

Kentucky Arts Council seeking artists for inclusion in newest editor of Teaching Artists Directory

Kentucky artists who wish to be considered for inclusion in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Teaching Artists Directory must apply by April 13. The Teaching Artists Directory is an online roster of Kentucky artists who have produced high-quality work and have the skills and competencies needed to collaborate with teachers to design and implement arts residencies in Kentucky schools. “This directory...

Constance Alexander: Book arts project provides way to reach out to adults with disabilities

Even amidst the clutter of her busy office, a conversation with artist Nicole Hand is an island of calm, with the kind of easy back-and-forth associated with a porch swing or a hammock on a summer day. Currently a Professor of Art and Interim Assistant Dean at Murray State University, she teaches printmaking, bookbinding and drawing with a combination of grace, wit and wisdom. A noted artist in her...

Lexington’s 15 Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations receive over $192,000 in grants

Representatives of Lexington arts organizations gathered Feb. 24 in Frankfort for Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual meeting that fosters discussions in the Commonwealth’s arts community about the state of the arts industry in Kentucky. The day is also an opportunity for arts leaders to thank members of the Kentucky General Assembly for their continued support of arts funding through the Kentucky...

Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit, ‘The Illustrated Word,’ making its way around the state

Many library patrons may remember the days of flipping through the cards in a card catalog drawer to find information and the location of books in the library. Although that practice has gone away with the advent of computer based searches, Woodford County artist Jennifer Dunham has kept the cards alive in her own artwork. Dunham is one of 28 Kentucky artists whose work will be featured in a traveling...

Work produced by 24 Kentucky artists on display in the Capitol Annex through March 31

The work of 24 Kentucky artists will grace the hallways of the Capitol Annex through March 31. The Kentucky Arts Council exhibit “Kentucky Visions at the Capitol” will be on display 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from Feb. 7 through March 31 at the Annex. The exhibit features 58 individual pieces by Kentucky Crafted artists and Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship recipients. “Longtime...

Kentucky Arts Council hosts Arts Day in Frankfort Feb. 24 to highlight benefits of industry

The Kentucky Arts Council and arts organizations from across the state will celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. The arts council hosts Arts Day each year during the legislative session to bring awareness to the many roles the arts play in the Commonwealth. Arts leaders, artists, the general public and other supporters of the arts gather to celebrate...

Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory marketing program taking applications

Applications are available online for artists interested in participating in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory, a marketing assistance program that supports Kentucky performers of music, dance, theater and storytelling. The Performing Artists Directory is an adjudicated online roster of performing artists used by in-state and out-of-state presenters and others as a resource...

Retail business buyers, representatives can now register for Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2017

Buyers and representatives of retail businesses interested in offering fine art and Kentucky-made products to their customers can register now to attend Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2017 at the Lexington Convention Center. Produced for 35 years by the Kentucky Arts Council, The Market is open exclusively to the trade from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21. Buyers who attend The Market can place...

Kentucky Arts Council accepting applications for Al Smith Artist Fellowship, Emerging Artist Award

Robert Salyer has been making social justice documentaries most of his adult life, and the Letcher County native said receiving an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2014 put a quality stamp on his decade of production. “I was proud to be part of a group of artists from around the state who’d gotten the award,” said Salyer, who is producing films...

Lydia Bailey Brown approved as new Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director

Lydia Bailey Brown will serve as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Arts Council. Bailey Brown was nominated by Don Parkinson, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary, and approved today by the Kentucky Arts Council Board. “We believe that Lydia Bailey Brown’s unique background in business development, arts education and cultural destination consulting will be an asset to this important...

State’s ‘Give a Gift Made in Kentucky’ is underway; features rich variety of work by in-state artists

The Kentucky Arts Council, with the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, has launched the 2016 “Give a Gift Made in Kentucky”campaign. The campaign, which features a variety of work by Kentucky-based artists, will run through Dec. 31. Artists in Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted, Architectural Artists and Performing Artists directories as well as Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship...

Bevin restructures Kentucky Arts Council, names 11 new members

Gov. Matt Bevin appointed 11 new members to the Kentucky Arts Council and a reorganized structure that reflects the growing importance of the Kentucky Arts Council in commerce, tourism and the entertainment industry. The reorganization of the Kentucky Arts Council reduces the size of the board from 16 to 15 members, with at least one member representing each of the following areas: education, economic...

Kentucky Arts Council hosting third annual Creative Industry Summit Nov. 30 in Lexington

The Kentucky Arts Council’s third annual Creative Industry Summit, Nov. 30 at the Lexington Convention Center, will continue building on the success from the previous two conferences, adding even more programming about emerging creative endeavors in the Commonwealth. The summit will feature morning plenary presentations and afternoon workshops on a broad array of topics for those who work in...

Constance Alexander: ‘Curious Incident’ leads to reflections and discussion of needed resources

True to its title, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” begins with a boy and a dog, not an unusual pairing. But the dog in the story is dead, pierced by a garden fork that has gone through the animal’s flesh and into the ground. “It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream,” the narrator says. Christopher...

Constance Alexander: Those who suffer from depression find ‘you cannot pour from an empty cup’

“In the event of a decompression,” begins the flight attendant spiel, “an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you.” It is supposed to drop into your lap like the answer to a prayer. Then comes the part about securing your mask, breathing normally, and THEN taking care of a child or person who requires assistance. Jennifer J. has her own version of this analogy: “You cannot pour...

Kentucky Arts Access Assistance Grant to focus on families affected by long-term separation

In recent years the Kentucky Arts Council’s Arts Access Assistance grant has supported programs for senior citizens, Appalachian communities and Kentuckians with disabilities. For the 2017 fiscal year, the grant will focus on serving, through the arts, children with one or more parents who, for a variety of reasons, are separated from the family home for a long-term period. Those reasons can include...