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Rep. Lisa Willner to Gov. Beshear: House Democratic Women’s Caucus wants women considered for statue

A letter to Governor Andy Beshear: As chair of the Kentucky House Democratic Women’s Caucus, and on behalf of our 19 members, I first want to thank you for leading the way in the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue from the Capitol Rotunda.  This divisive symbol made the “People’s House” a less-than-welcome place for more than 80 years, and as you said on the day the statue was taken down,...

Beshear joins advocates, survivors to raise awareness of human trafficking

In an effort to prevent human trafficking, Gov. Andy Beshear invited state leaders, advocates and survivors to the Capitol rotunda on Tuesday to recognize Human Trafficking Awareness Month. “In Kentucky, everyone should be safe and our communities should be free of the hideous crime of human trafficking,” said Beshear. “As attorney general, I was honored to work with so many passionate advocates...

Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame announces 2019 inductees; class of 25 Kentuckians to be inducted

The Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced its sixth class of inductees in Frankfort. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes joined the organization’s directors, state officials and the inductees for the announcement in the Capitol Rotunda. “The members of the Hall of Fame represent the best of Kentucky,” said Grimes. “Each of these individuals demonstrate selflessness...

Kentucky Arts Council exhibit at Capitol Rotunda will feature art by military veterans and family members

The artwork of 41 artists, along with members of one American Legion post, has been selected for a Kentucky Arts Council exhibit that highlights the artwork of military veterans and their families. The Kentucky Veteran Project Exhibit features 44 pieces of art by military veterans and family members of veterans. The inspiration for the exhibit came from discussions the organization Americans for the...

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...

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...

Civil rights groups, Black Legislative Caucus to rally Wednesday for removal of Jefferson Davis statue

Members of the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus (KBLC), the NAACP, the Kentucky Human Rights Commission, the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission and the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO) will sponsor a statewide rally Wednesday. The event will begin 11: at30 a.m. Wednesday in the Capitol rotunda to voice their support for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue...

State lawmakers call for removal of Jefferson Davis statue from Capitol rotunda

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A rally in the State Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday saw bi-partisan calls to have the statue of Confederate President and Kentucky native Jefferson Davis removed. The “One People, One Commonwealth” rally included Republican state Treasurer Alison Ball, who called for Kentuckians to unite. “We love our country, we love our Commonwealth, we love all of our people in this...

Frank X and six other poet laureates celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day in Capitol Rotunda

A large crowd gathered in the Capitol Rotunda last year on April 24 for the induction of Frank X Walker as the Kentucky Poet Laureate. He and six others will celebrate Kentucky Writers Day again on April 24 in the same spot. (Photo from KAC)   Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker and six past poets laureate will gather April 24 in the Capitol Rotunda for readings and book signings in celebration...

Planning guide offers educators creative ideas to celebrate 2014 Kentucky Writers’ Day

The Kentucky Arts Council has released the 2014 Kentucky Writers’ Day Planning Guide to help schools, businesses and other community organizations plan their own celebrations to commemorate Kentucky writers.   The planning guide, separated by organization type, includes lists of helpful suggestions and creative ways to mark the day and recognize some of Kentucky’s finest literary...

Planning guide offers educators creative ideas to celebrate 2014 Kentucky Writers' Day

The Kentucky Arts Council has released the 2014 Kentucky Writers’ Day Planning Guide to help schools, businesses and other community organizations plan their own celebrations to commemorate Kentucky writers.   The planning guide, separated by organization type, includes lists of helpful suggestions and creative ways to mark the day and recognize some of Kentucky’s finest literary...