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Applications now being accepted for Arts Council’s TranspARTation Grants for school field trips

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for its popular TranspARTation grant through Aug. 15. The grant covers the cost of transportation to and from an arts venue from the arts council’s TranspARTation Directory. Grants are based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue and the number of buses necessary. In previous years, grant requests...

Franciso’s Farm Art Fair May 19-20 to feature Arts Council’s ‘Makings of a Master’ traveling exhibit

The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit “Makings of a Master” will be highlighted at the Francisco’s Farm Art Fair May 19-20 on the Midway University campus in Midway. “Makings of a Master” contains seven display cases housing a variety of musical instruments, tools and artworks made by master tradition bearers, interpretive panels, display photos and quotes, along with a push-button...

Kentucky artists present ‘Reflections of the Commonwealth’ at Governor’s Derby Exhibit

Work by 24 Kentucky artists is on view in Frankfort for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit, an annual initiative coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council. The exhibit is on display through June 4, in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort and is part of the Governor’s Derby Celebration. “The People’s Champ” by Jefferson County artist Victor Sweatt. “The Kentucky Derby is a time-honored tradition, and...

Governor’s Derby Celebration at Old State Capitol to feature exhibits by 16 Kentucky Crafted artists

Sixteen Kentucky artists will exhibit and sell their work during the Governor’s Derby Celebration, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5, on the lawn of the Old State Capitol. The chosen artists represent a diverse sampling of more than 350 artists in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program, an adjudicated program that provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through marketing and...

Arts Council invites residents across state to celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day in Louisville April 24

The Kentucky Arts Council and Poet Laureate Frederick Smock invite all Kentuckians to celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day, April 24, at Spalding University in Louisville. April 24 is the birthday of Kentucky writer and first United States Poet Laureate Robert Penn Warren. A celebration of Kentucky Writers’ Day at Spalding University in Louisville will cap off a week of literary events around the state...

Constance Alexander: Calloway Co. Public Library to honor Kentucky writers during National Poetry Month

Ask any Kentuckian about misconceptions associated with the Bluegrass State and responses range from horrendous to hilarious: “Yes, we wear shoes,” or “No, we are not inbred,” or “Sorry, but everyone in Kentucky doesn’t get tickets to the Derby.” Most of us are content to break out the mint juleps at home and watch the race on TV. One area in which Kentucky claims an impressive and undisputed...

Kentucky Arts Council’s Arts First Aid Grant aims to help strengthen arts curriculum in Kentucky schools

Schools that want to improve the quality of their arts curriculum and classroom experiences can apply for a multifaceted arts education grant from the Kentucky Arts Council. Through a partnership between the Kentucky Arts Council and Kentucky Department of Education, the Arts First Aid grant provides Kentucky school administrators, teachers and students with a high-quality intensive arts education...

Kentucky Arts Council accepting applications for Governor’s Derby Exhibit; deadline April 13

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting artists’ submissions for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit. The application deadline is April 13. The Governor’s Derby Exhibit, associated with the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration, is open to all Kentucky artists 18 years of age or older. This year’s exhibit theme is “Reflections of the Commonwealth.” It will be on display in the Capitol Rotunda in...

Kentucky Arts Council invites Kentucky schools to decorate canvases for Governor’s Derby Celebration

The Kentucky Arts Council invites Kentucky schools to be part of the fun and excitement of the Kentucky Derby by decorating canvases for the Governor’s Derby Celebration. Picnic tables on the Old State Capitol grounds will be fitted with horse heads and tails, and the canvases, or “Derby blankets,” will be placed over the tabletops like a blanket over a horse. Any Kentucky school, public or private,...

Elizabethtown High School senior Kiara Jones with Kentucky’s Poetry Out Loud state championship

Elizabethtown High School senior Kiara Jones, 16, emerged as the leader of the pack among 16 competitors to win the Poetry Out Loud state championship March 13 at Frankfort’s Grand Theatre. Sixteen Kentucky high school students represented their respective schools at the poetry recitation contest, which is sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry...

Lexington writer Crystal Wilkinson named Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist for March

Crystal Wilkinson of Lexington has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council’s Featured Artist for March and April. Crystal Wilkinson is author of three award-winning books, “Blackberries, Blackberries,” “Water Street” and “The Birds of Opulence.” Wilkinson, a poet who has written three award-winning novels, received a Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship for literary...

Students from 16 Kentucky high schools to compete in Poetry Out Loud state finals March 13 in Frankfort

Sixteen champions will advance to the Poetry Out Loud state competition March 13 at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort. The winner of the state championship will advance to the Poetry Out Loud national finals April 23-25 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Poetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation contest sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the...

Kentucky Crafted Market’s Kentucky Stage to host 19 musical acts during three-day event March 2-4

Visitors to the Kentucky Arts Council’s three-day Kentucky Crafted Market will be treated to the sounds of 19 of the best and most diverse musical acts in Kentucky. The Kentucky Stage adds a music festival atmosphere to the annual event that features nearly 200 Kentucky Crafted artists during The Market’s public hours March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The 19 music acts,...

Lexington arts organizations awarded more than $208,000 during annual Arts Day in Kentucky

State arts leaders gathered Feb. 20 for Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual celebration of the Commonwealth’s arts community and the vital roles it plays in the state’s livelihood. 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 Arts Council. On Feb. 20, arts leaders from Lexington celebrated...

Kentucky Arts Council accepting applications for folk and traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until Feb. 15 for the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant. This $3,000 grant helps master folk artists teach the skills, practices and culture of Kentucky’s living traditional arts to less experienced artists who are part of the same community. Master artists and apprentices must apply together and both be residents of Kentucky. A...

Constance Alexander: Governor’s Award for the Arts recipients should be allowed public ceremony

In 2014, as the recipient of a Governor’s Award in the Arts for my work in the Media, I participated in a public ceremony at the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda, honoring me and eight others who were – according to the press release from July 9, 2014 – “…chosen for their significant contributions to the arts in the Commonwealth, across the country and around the globe.” The formal awards ceremony...

Kentucky artists to gather in Louisville March 2-4 for 36th annual Kentucky Crafted Market

The best opportunity to purchase Kentucky artwork will be when the largest number of Kentucky artists gather for the 36th Kentucky Crafted Market, March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The Market is the Kentucky Arts Council’s signature event for Kentucky Crafted artists to display and sell their work to a broad base of retail shoppers and wholesale buyers. Nearly 200 Kentucky...

Campbellsville University, Taylor County Library to host the Ky Folk Art apprenticeships Exhibit Feb. 1-22

By Josh Christian Special to KyForward Campbellsville University is the second post-secondary institution in Kentucky that will be hosting a special exhibit of the Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships in partnership with the Kentucky Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and Taylor County Public Library. “The Makings of a Master” is the title of the exhibit that runs Feb. 1 through 22...

Seventeen Kentucky artists will have work displayed in Capitol Annex during legislative session

The work of 17 Kentucky artists will grace the hallways of the Capitol Annex during the legislative session. 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, through April 6 at the Annex. The exhibit features 55 individual pieces by Kentucky Crafted artists, Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship recipients and members...