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Bevin restructures Kentucky Arts Council, names 11 new members

Gov. Matt Bevin appointed 11 new members to the Kentucky Arts Council and a reorganized structure that reflects the growing importance of the Kentucky Arts Council in commerce, tourism and the entertainment industry. The reorganization of the Kentucky Arts Council reduces the size of the board from 16 to 15 members, with at least one member representing each of the following areas: education, economic...

Kentucky Arts Council hosting third annual Creative Industry Summit Nov. 30 in Lexington

The Kentucky Arts Council’s third annual Creative Industry Summit, Nov. 30 at the Lexington Convention Center, will continue building on the success from the previous two conferences, adding even more programming about emerging creative endeavors in the Commonwealth. The summit will feature morning plenary presentations and afternoon workshops on a broad array of topics for those who work in...

Kentucky Arts Access Assistance Grant to focus on families affected by long-term separation

In recent years the Kentucky Arts Council’s Arts Access Assistance grant has supported programs for senior citizens, Appalachian communities and Kentuckians with disabilities. For the 2017 fiscal year, the grant will focus on serving, through the arts, children with one or more parents who, for a variety of reasons, are separated from the family home for a long-term period. Those reasons can include...

State Arts Council now accepting nominations for Kentucky Poet Laureate post

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations for Kentucky Poet Laureate. The next poet laureate will serve for two years starting in 2017, succeeding current Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon, who has served since 2015. 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 forms Next Generation group to help rural communities attract, retain future leaders

As a component of their “Next Generation: The Future of Rural Arts and Culture Placemaking” initiative, Art of the Rural (AOTR) and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) announced the formation of a Kentucky working group to help rural communities attract and retain the next generation of leaders. It also named co-chairs of the effort. The first public meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m....

Kentucky Arts Council celebrates 50th anniversary with 50 Days of Arts events across the state

To commemorate its 50th anniversary as a state agency, the Kentucky Arts Council is celebrating with “50 Days of Art,” a collection of 50 events hosted by Kentucky Arts Partnership groups around the state now through March 20. The events were selected to be representative of the diversity of art, the geography of the state and the accessibility to the public. “For 50 years, this agency...

‘Give a Gift Made in Kentucky’ campaign launches; features variety of work by Kentucky-based artists

The Kentucky Arts Council, with the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, has launched the 2015 Give a Gift Made in Kentucky campaign. The campaign, which features a variety of work by Kentucky-based artists, will run through Dec. 31. Artists in Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted and Architectural Artist Directory will feature their studios, galleries and shops for holiday open houses and...

Constance Alexander: A great community begins with ‘a little bit of great downtown’

Jeff Speck, city planner extraordinaire, specializes in downtowns. Reading his book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time, I found myself wishing he could visit Murray and help us hammer out a plan to leverage the assets already in place while finding ways to make the best use of empty and under-used spaces that detract from downtown’s vitality.   Speck’s theory...

‘Kentucky Visions’ exhibit brightens capitol hallways, showcases state’s artistic talent

“Kentucky Moonrise” by Alexey Stiop of Georgetown (Photo provided)   The hallways of the Capitol Annex are vibrant with art, as “Kentucky Visions at the Capitol” is on exhibit through March 30. It is open to the public.   The annual Kentucky Arts Council exhibit features 56 pieces of artwork by 20 Kentucky artists, including three Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship...

Reports shows state’s ‘often misunderstood’ creative industry generates $1.9B in earnings

Kentucky’s creative industry generates $1.9 billion in earnings and accounts for 2.5 percent overall Kentucky employment, according to the just-released Kentucky Creative Industry Report.   Commissioned by the Kentucky Arts Council, the report creates a baseline assessment of the number of people employed by Kentucky’s creative enterprises, the industry’s economic impact, and...

Kentucky Arts Council accepts nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Awards in the Arts

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations until Nov. 1 for the 2015 Governor’s Awards in the Arts, the state’s highest honor.   The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky. The nomination process is coordinated by the arts council.   “Governor’s Awards in the Arts nominations...

Makings of a Master: Exhibit features live demonstrations of passing down traditions

The egg basket on the left is made by master artisan Lestel Childress. The one on the right is made by Childress’ apprentice Beth Hester. (Photo from KAC)   The Grant County Public Library in Williamstown has the Kentucky Arts Council’s Makings of a Master exhibit on view now through Oct. 22, with a special event planned to celebrate local folk arts masters and apprentices Oct. 7.   The...

First time Kentucky poets included in national 10th Poetry Out Loud recitation competition

Schools and teachers can register through Oct. 1 to participate in Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation competition created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, which includes this year Kentucky poets.   Any Kentucky high school, public or private, may register to participate in Poetry Out Loud. Homeschooled students may compete through a participating local...

Now That's a Tablecloth: Students cover 54 tables at annual Governor's Derby Celebration

This Derby ‘blanket’ from students at New Haven Elementary in Union takes us through the American Revolution to space exploration to NASCAR. (Photo from KAC)   Students in 54 Kentucky classrooms painted Derby-themed canvases that will adorn picnic tables May 3 as part of the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration.   The blankets, distributed to schools by the Kentucky Arts...

Now That’s a Tablecloth: Students cover 54 tables at annual Governor’s Derby Celebration

This Derby ‘blanket’ from students at New Haven Elementary in Union takes us through the American Revolution to space exploration to NASCAR. (Photo from KAC)   Students in 54 Kentucky classrooms painted Derby-themed canvases that will adorn picnic tables May 3 as part of the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration.   The blankets, distributed to schools by the Kentucky Arts...

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

(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...

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...

Deadline approaching for TranspARTation KAC grants to take students to art events

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until May 1 for its TranspARTation grant, which provides funding to schools for arts-related field trips.   Any Kentucky public or private school that supports grades pre-K through 12 may apply. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis, and the May 1 deadline is for field trips occurring July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.   “The TranspARTation...

Kentucky artists, retailers in spotlight during state’s celebration of American Craft Week

Some of Kentucky’s finest artists and the retailers who sell their products are in the spotlight during American Craft Week now through Oct. 13. The weeklong celebration in Kentucky is part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month.   (Photo from AmericanCraft Week.com) American Craft Week is an opportunity to celebrate the nation and state’s...

Schools, teachers can apply for transportation grants to help with arts-related field trips

Kentucky schools and teachers interested in taking arts-related field trips this fall may apply for assistance with transportation costs through the Kentucky Arts Council’s TranspARTation Grant.   Any Kentucky public or private school supporting grades pre-K through 12 may apply. Grants are awarded based on mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue and...