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Many opportunities for fun March 16-17 at Kentucky Crafted Market’s Hands-On Activities area

Create your own sculpture, get up close and personal with musical instruments, learn about the color wheel and be an amateur archaeologist. These are a few of the exciting opportunities available in The Kentucky Crafted Market’s Hands-On Activities area March 16-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.

Although The Market annually showcases dozens of the state’s finest visual and craft artists, the Hands-On Activities area allows the public to learn about and make art to share. Five organizations will join the arts council in presenting these fun activities, suitable for people of all ages.

Artists from Frankfort’s Josephine Sculpture Park will work with participants to create unique bird sculptures using a variety of materials. This project was designed in collaboration with the Frankfort Audubon Society and participants can read about and see images of birds for inspiration.

Kentucky Historical Society volunteers will show bluegrass music’s relevance today and how this music has given voice to so many talented Kentuckians. The volunteers will also talk about Kentucky’s tradition of excellence in horse racing and breeding. Create a hat you can be proud to show off on the first Saturday in May, or saddle up for a mock horse race, the most exciting 30 seconds in The Kentucky Crafted Market history.

VSA Kentucky, based in Bowling Green, will teach about the principles of the color wheel while participants make their own colorful creations to take home, using markers, watercolors and crayons. When participants finish their artwork to take home, they can add their touch to a collaborative work that will tour around the state.

The Explorium of Lexington will offer three separate hands-on activities at this year’s Market. Learn about how music is made at the musical instrument petting zoo, have fun with famous art in a puzzle game and enjoy pendulum sand art.

Staff members at Waveland and Whitehall state historic sites will deputize participants as amateur archaeologists, playing “What Is This?” Participants will encounter objects from history and determine what they were used for at the time they were made. When finished solving historical mysteries, participants can try their hand at calligraphy, using quill pens to write or draw something special to take home.

The Market doors open to the public March 16-17. Hours for The Market are:

• March 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
• March 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $8 at the door or $7 if purchased online through March 15. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Parking at the Kentucky Horse Park is $5. 

For more information on The Kentucky Crafted Market, visit the arts council website.

From Kentucky Arts Council

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