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...

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...