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Al Smith Fellowship for excellence in respective disciplines awarded to six Kentucky artists

Six 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 beginning...

Kentucky Arts Council awards over $1.2 million to support 95 state arts organizations

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded more than $1.2 million in operating support to 95 arts organizations across the Commonwealth for the 2018 fiscal year through its Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) program. The KAP program provides nonprofit arts organizations with unrestricted operating support to ensure that year-round participation in the arts is available to the people of Kentucky. “The...

Southeast Tourism Society selects Kentucky Crafted: The Market a Top 20 event for month of April

The Southeast Tourism Society has named Kentucky Crafted: The Market one of its Top 20 Events in the Southeast for April 2017. Produced each spring by the Kentucky Arts Council, this year’s Market is April 21-23 at Lexington Convention Center. The event is in its 35th year. The society’s Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. The Market...

Bevin names Louisville author Smock Kentucky Poet Laureate, adds four to supported living council

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Louisville poet, author and teacher Frederick Smock as Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2017-18, the Kentucky Arts Council announced. Smock, will be formally inducted during a ceremony on Kentucky Writers’ Day, May 1 at the Old State Capitol, 300 W. Broadway St. in Frankfort. “I’m thrilled,” Smock said shortly after learning of his appointment. “Jim...

Work by 29 Kentucky artists celebrates tradition across the state in Governor’s Derby Exhibit

Work by 29 Kentucky artists will hang in Frankfort for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit, an annual initiative coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council. This exhibit is on display through May 8 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Ave. in Frankfort. “The Kentucky Derby is a time-honored tradition, and so, too, is our celebration of work by Kentucky artists,” said Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin. “The...

Kentucky Arts Council seeking artists for inclusion in newest editor of Teaching Artists Directory

Kentucky artists who wish to be considered for inclusion in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Teaching Artists Directory must apply by April 13. The Teaching Artists Directory is an online roster of Kentucky artists who have produced high-quality work and have the skills and competencies needed to collaborate with teachers to design and implement arts residencies in Kentucky schools. “This directory...

Kentucky Arts Council hosts Arts Day in Frankfort Feb. 24 to highlight benefits of industry

The Kentucky Arts Council and arts organizations from across the state will celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Capitol Rotunda 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 arts gather to celebrate...

Lydia Bailey Brown approved as new Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director

Lydia Bailey Brown will serve as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Arts Council. Bailey Brown was nominated by Don Parkinson, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary, and approved today by the Kentucky Arts Council Board. “We believe that Lydia Bailey Brown’s unique background in business development, arts education and cultural destination consulting will be an asset to this important...