Jeff Rubin: Key to creating jobs, retaining businesses? A stronger connection to the arts

How to create jobs, retain business, and attract new industry are major concerns to many communities, large and small, across the Commonwealth and around our nation. That’s why what the American Planning Association, The American Arts Council, The Kentucky Arts Council, Berea College and similar organizations are doing to address it is worth writing about here. It starts by encouraging a stronger...

Constance Alexander: Accordion book project allows participants to share a few of their favorite things

No one mentioned raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but David confessed a preference for TV westerns, while Benjamin admitted football and bowling were among his favorite things. The other participants – Taylor, Bobby, Brian, Delbert, John, Margaret and Rita Ann – were also eager to talk about what they enjoyed as they prepared for a bookmaking workshop last week at Murray’s WATCH, Inc. A...

EKU’s Giles Gallery to host exhibit, programs on Kentucky’s holocaust survivors

A dozen years after its first showing, a unique historical Holocaust exhibit has been revived for one month at the Giles Gallery at Eastern Kentucky University. The exhibit, “This Is Home Now: Kentucky’s Holocaust Survivors,” runs from Sept. 25 through Oct. 25 and is free and open to the public. The opening reception on Wednesday night, Oct. 4, includes a talk by John Rosenberg, one of the...

Constance Alexander: Mosaic garden project helps ensure that adults with disabilities are not overlooked

Debi Henry Danielson places a box of 3 by 6-inch blocks on the table and says, “I can’t wait to start piecing it together.” Neither can her volunteers from Murray’s WATCH Inc., a local organization that assists adults with disabilities in becoming fully integrated into the community. They are working on pieces of a community mosaic — a garden of sorts — that will be on permanent...

Work of artists Sims, Vitorovich featured at Campbellsville’s Pence-Chowning Art Gallery

Artists Jesse Ray Sims and George Vitorovich will display paintings and prints, respectively, in the Pence-Chowning Art Gallery through Sept. 15. The gallery is located at 205 University Drive, Campbellsville, and is open to the public free of charge. A reception for the artists will be Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the gallery is open to the public as well. Sims, owner of Sims...

Kentucky Arts Council accepting applications for Architectural Artists Directory through Sept. 15

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Architectural Artists Directory through Sept. 15. Participation in the directory is intended for artists whose work is constructed as an integral part of a room, building, outdoor space or other structure. Examples include cabinetry, murals, light fixtures, sinks and stained-glass windows. Artists in the directory are frequently sought by...

State Arts Council now accepting applications for Kentucky Crafted marketing program

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Kentucky Crafted program through Sept. 14. The adjudicated arts marketing program provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through networking, promotional and sales opportunities and arts business training. Carrying the Kentucky Crafted brand is a symbol of artistic excellence in the Commonwealth. Artists who use the brand...

Al Smith Fellowship for excellence in respective disciplines awarded to six Kentucky artists

Six Kentucky artists have been awarded $7,500 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council for exemplifying excellence in their respective creative disciplines. The prestigious award, named in honor of former arts council board chair and Kentucky journalist Al Smith, recognizes professional artists who have reached a high level of achievement in their careers. Since its beginning...

Seven Kentucky master artists awarded Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants

Seven Kentucky master artists have been awarded Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants from the Kentucky Arts Council. The Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant provides $3,000 to a Kentucky master folk or traditional artist to teach skills, practices and culture to a less experienced artist from the same community during the course of a year. The seven recipients are folk or traditional...

Kentucky Arts Council awards over $1.2 million to support 95 state arts organizations

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded more than $1.2 million in operating support to 95 arts organizations across the Commonwealth for the 2018 fiscal year through its Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) program. The KAP program provides nonprofit arts organizations with unrestricted operating support to ensure that year-round participation in the arts is available to the people of Kentucky. “The...

Central Music Academy one of two Kentucky finalists for National Arts and Humanities Youth Awards

Two Kentucky organizations, including Lexington’s Central Music Academy, are among 50 finalists for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The awards, supported by the President’s Council on Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, recognize outstanding creative youth development programs across the country for...

Nicholasville musician Shao named Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist for May, June

Hong Shao, a traditional Chinese musician from Nicholasville, has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council’s Featured Artist for May and June. Shao is an adjudicated member of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Teaching Artists Directory and Performing Artists Directory. Shao of Nicholasville is a professionally trained pipa player and Chinese musician. She received her bachelor’s degree in music...

Constance Alexander: Inspired by a few ‘favorite things,’ arts bookmaking workshop a success

One of Allison Salazar’s favorite things is her service dog, Espy, short for Esperanza, which means “hope” in Spanish. Asked about other things she loves, Allison confesses a preference for the colors purple and pink, friends and the Special Olympics. Assisted by her mother, Kathy Salazar, Allison participated in a bookmaking workshop that showcases favorite things. Artist Nicole Hand guided...

Lexington artist Alley among nine to win $5,000 South Arts State Fellowship

Becky Alley of Lexington has received a $5,000 State Fellowship from South Arts, making her one of nine artists to receive recognition from the regional arts organization of which the Kentucky Arts Council is a member. South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the south’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. The State Fellowship recipients...

Southeast Tourism Society selects Kentucky Crafted: The Market a Top 20 event for month of April

The Southeast Tourism Society has named Kentucky Crafted: The Market one of its Top 20 Events in the Southeast for April 2017. Produced each spring by the Kentucky Arts Council, this year’s Market is April 21-23 at Lexington Convention Center. The event is in its 35th year. The society’s Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. The Market...

Kentucky Proud vendors contribute distinctive flavor to Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Guests at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, set for April 22-23 at the Lexington Convention Center, are sure to find unique items from the best visual and craft artists in the state. While visitors peruse the artwork on display in the exhibition hall, they can also enjoy tasty food products from Kentucky Proud vendors, like Lexington’s Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream. A perennial favorite among...

Constance Alexander: Inspirational ‘Ride with Larry’ film about a journey of hope lands in Murray April 20

Larry Smith is a tough guy. Sort of. He spent twenty-six years in law enforcement as a captain in Connecticut, with the Hamden Police Department. He’s been married long enough to raise three children and move to South Dakota when his wife, Betty, accepted a professorship in Political Science at the university there. Some might suspect that the tough guy went soft when he opened the Bakery Café in...

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...