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Kentucky Arts Council traveling exhibit to highlight artwork by military veterans in November

Military veterans may have put down their rifles, but the Kentucky Arts Council is asking them to pick up their brushes, pencils and other art tools to participate in an exhibit that features and honors their service. The arts council seeks artwork from veterans and their spouses and children for The Kentucky Veteran Project Exhibit. The application deadline for the exhibit is Oct. 5. The exhibit will...

Arts Council accepting application for Kentucky’s next poet laureate; two year term begins in 2019

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations for Kentucky Poet Laureate. The next poet laureate will serve for two years starting in 2019, succeeding current Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock, who has served since 2017. The state poet laureate is appointed biennially by the Governor to promote the literary arts in Kentucky through readings and public presentations at meetings, seminars,...

Kentucky Arts Council, Waveland State Historic Site partner to bring folk, traditional artists to Lexington

The Kentucky Arts Council will partner with Waveland State Historic Site in September, bringing folk and traditional artists to the Waveland Art Fair in Lexington. The annual fair, Sept. 8-9 at the Waveland Museum located at 225 Waveland Museum Lane in Lexington, features several Kentucky makers of art and craft. The arts council will add to that programming with an area for folk artists to demonstrate...

Kentucky Arts Council honors 16 artists with Al Smith Fellowships, five with Emerging Arts Awards

Sixteen Kentucky artists have been awarded $7,500 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council for exemplifying excellence in their respective creative disciplines. The prestigious award, named in honor of former arts council board chair and Kentucky journalist Al Smith, recognizes professional artists who have reached a high level of achievement in their careers. Since its...

Arts Council awards folk and traditional apprenticeship grants to four Kentucky artists

Four Kentucky master artists have been awarded Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants from the Kentucky Arts Council. The Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant provides $3,000 to a Kentucky master folk or traditional artist to teach skills, practices and culture to a less experienced artist from the same community during the course of a year. Shuling Fister of Lexington was one of...

Kentucky Arts Council co-sponsoring second annual Artists Thrive Summit July 31-Aug. 3 in Berea

The Kentucky Arts Council, along with the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the AIR Institute of Berea College, will present the second annual Artists Thrive Summit July 31-Aug. 3 in Berea. This is the second consecutive year Artists Thrive has held its annual convocation in Berea. The summit is geared toward artists, arts organizations, elected officials, foundations, economic development agencies...

Four Americana music acts added to Kentucky Art’s Council’s Performing Artists Directory

JoAnna Oldfield and James Moore practiced together for about two years before starting to perform live in May 2016. That perseverance paid off for the Americana duo, known as JOANNA~JAMES, as they became one of four Americana music acts adjudicated into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory. “People recognize the arts council as being reputable and being a part of the Performing...

Arts Council announces August 15 deadline for applications for Kentucky Crafted Program

Louisville artist Lynn Dunbar achieved a unique distinction earlier this year when she was selected to be the artist for the officially licensed Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks posters. Dunbar earned that commission through her affiliation with the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program. Kentucky Crafted is an adjudicated arts marketing program that provides assistance to Kentucky visual...

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...