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Lexington writer Jeff Worley to be inducted as Kentucky’s next Poet Laureate April 24

Award-winning writer Jeff Worley of Lexington has been appointed 2019-2020 Kentucky Poet Laureate. Worley will be inducted as the next state poet laureate as part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Writers’ Day celebration, 10 a.m. April 24 at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, 300 Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort. “I’m grateful for the recognition and I’m very eager to...

Kentucky Arts Council recognizes 13 Kentuckians for completion of Community Scholars training program

Karen Lanier is digital project manager for the International Museum of the Horse and its education initiative the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, a position she credits in part to her participation in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Community Scholars program. Lanier was one of 13 trainees of the Community Scholars program in Lexington. The Community Scholars program trains members...

Elizabethtown High School makes it two straight championships in Poetry Out Loud State competition

Elizabethtown High School senior Mary Kate Godfrey emerged as the state champion March 5 in Kentucky’s Poetry Out Loud State Finals at Frankfort’s Grand Theatre. Fourteen 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 Foundation. Each student...

Diverse musical acts highlight Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted Market March 16-17

Visitors to the Kentucky Arts Council’s two-day Kentucky Crafted Market will be treated to the sounds of 13 of the best and most diverse musical acts in Kentucky. The Kentucky Stage adds a music festival atmosphere to the annual event that features dozens of Kentucky Crafted artists during The Market’s public hours March 16-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Lexington. Each performing...

Chinese Dance Presentation to visit Mason County as part of KAC’s traveling Makings if a Master exhibit

The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling folk and traditional arts exhibit, Makings of a Master, will be in Mason County through Feb. 27. The exhibit is at Mason County Public Library, 218 E. Third St. in Maysville. Library hours are Monday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The library is closed Sunday. Shuling Fister (Photo from Performing Artists Directory) “Makings...

Danville Arts Center announces statewide juried exhibition, State of Kentucky Photography

The Community Arts Center in Danville, Kentucky has announced a Call to Artists for a new, juried photography exhibition: State of Kentucky, which will debut at the Community Arts Center in April. In the exhibit prospectus, Creative Director Brandon Long explains that the show is meant to represent the ‘state’ of Kentucky, both in terms of place and state of being. To be eligible for this exhibition,...

Organizations across the Commonwealth to celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky February 22

The Kentucky Arts Council and arts organizations from across the state will celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22 on the Capitol Mezzanine, 700 Capital Ave. 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...

Kentucky Arts Council will host Arts Day on Feb. 22 in Frankfort to bring awareness to creative industry

The Kentucky Arts Council and arts organizations from across the state will celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22 on the Capitol Mezzanine, 700 Capital Ave. 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...

State Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted Market set for March 15-17 at Horse Park’s Alltech Arena

The Kentucky Crafted Market, the Kentucky Arts Council’s showcase event featuring the best art and craft in the Commonwealth, will be back in Lexington, March 15-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. “This is the first time we’ve hosted The Market at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, and we’re looking forward to taking advantage of every feature of this unique venue,”...

Veterans Project exhibit to feature work of veterans, families at Kentucky Artisan Center Jan. 19-March 2

A new traveling exhibit The Kentucky Veterans Project will be on display at the Kentucky Artisan Center January 19 through March 2. A project of the Kentucky Arts Council, this exhibit features artwork by Kentucky’s military veterans and loved ones of those who have served. The exhibit was featured in the state capitol for one month before beginning its yearlong tour around the Commonwealth in December...

Berea artists to headline a variety of events throughout January at Kentucky Artisan Center

The Kentucky Artisan Center starts the new year off with The Kentucky Veterans Project traveling exhibit, which will be featured in the lobby January 19 – March 2 in partnership with the Kentucky Arts Council. The Center will also offer a variety of events and demonstrations by Berea artists throughout January. Below is a list of dates and events beginning on Saturday, Jan. 5: Saturday, Jan. 5 Stitched...

Registration remains open for Arts Council’s fifth annual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit Nov. 30

There is still time to register for the Kentucky Arts Council’s fifth annual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit, Nov. 30 at the Georgetown College Conference Center, 100 Crawford Drive in Georgetown. The summit, which is co-sponsored by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, has evolved in the five years since its inauguration in December 2014 in Louisville. That year, the focus was on the newly released...

Fifth Kentucky Creative Industry Summit shows evolution of annual gathering for creative industry

There is still time to register for the Kentucky Arts Council’s fifth annual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit, Nov. 30 at the Georgetown College Conference Center, 100 Crawford Drive in Georgetown. The summit, which is co-sponsored by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, has evolved in the five years since its inauguration in December 2014 in Louisville. That year, the focus was on the newly released...

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...

Nine new artists juried into Kentucky Art’s Council’s Kentucky Crafted arts marketing program

Lakshmi Sriraman of Lexington built a career as a performer and teacher of classical Indian dancing, but in February 2017 she added another layer to her artistry when she started painting. “Vibrations” by Lakshmi Sriraman of Lexington, one of nine artists recently juried into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program. (Image from Kentucky Arts Council) Sriraman split her time between...

Constance Alexander: Murray Art Guild’s mosaic garden is inspired by hope and awash in color

When Murray Art Guild’s Hope Garden was officially unveiled last week, a gloomy, gray day burst into vibrant color. Eight participants from W.A.T.C.H., a day training program for developmentally and intellectually disabled adults, were on site to celebrate the installation of the community mosaic and marvel over the individual tiles they had made to create public art. With guidance by dedicated volunteers...

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...