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Arts council puts arts, cultural development to work in two Eastern Kentucky workshops


(Photo from KAC)

(Photo from KAC)

 
By Lori Meadows
Special to KyForward
 
The Kentucky Arts Council will present two separate forums in May, one for community groups and one for individual artists, through its “Putting arts and cultural development to work” series in Eastern Kentucky.
 
These events will offer participants the opportunity to hear from local, state and national leaders on best practices, new trends and resources available to help them on their way.
 
These forums continue work started last year in Eastern Kentucky to introduce and explore the concept of art as an economic driver in the Appalachian region. The work began in Pikeville the day after Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers gathered Kentuckians together for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Summit to discuss the future of the 54-county Appalachian region of the state.
 
The two public events will delve deeper into the ideas explored at the first convening. In fact, the content of the workshops are completely different and will address arts and cultural development from two different perspectives.
 
The first forum is for people who are interested in developing projects that will help build stronger communities and stimulate economic growth through arts and cultural engagement. The forum will provide resources and information for community-based groups, organizers, local officials and leaders, policymakers, businesses, arts and cultural organizations, other community stakeholders and members of the general public who are interested in creating innovative, collaborative projects.
 
“Vibrant Communities: Putting arts and cultural development to work” will be from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Rowan County Arts Center in Morehead. Check out the agenda and register online for Vibrant Communities the arts council website.
 
The second forum is for artist entrepreneurs interested in developing, managing and expanding their businesses.
 
“Artists as Entrepreneurs: Putting arts and cultural development to work” will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Knott County Opportunity Center in Hindman. Check out the agenda and register online for Artists as Entrepreneurs on the arts council website.
 
This work is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through its Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design initiative. Funding of this type has never before been awarded to a state arts agency.
 
The NEA and CIRD recognize the arts can play a significant role in vital community and economic development. The arts council is will continue the work begun last year in Pikeville to help people in the region utilize their existing talents and resources.
 
Lori Meadows is the executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council.


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