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Kentucky by Heart: There’s probably a song about that, but please don’t expect me to sing along

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward.com on January 29, 2019. By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I generally enjoy the subject of music, but I’m a slow learner when it comes to understanding it. And, it should not be surprising that I’m not good at performing it, either. It’s almost like I have a mental block, much like many claim to have in learning math. Maybe...

Collaboration between UK colleges results in hiring of cooperative extension fine arts specialist

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky A unique collaboration between the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and College of Fine Arts has resulted in the hiring of one of the few cooperative extension arts specialist in the country. Stephanie Richards, who was hired in 2005 in Pike County as the first fine arts extension agent in the nation, accepted the job. Richards’...

Nashville recording artist J.D. Shelburne featured on cover of Kentucky’s 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide

The Kentucky Department of Tourism unveiled the 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide cover featuring Kentucky native and Nashville recording artist J.D. Shelburne. This issue includes many Kentucky artists highlighting 2020 as the Year of Music in Kentucky. “Tourism and hospitality create and support thousands of jobs and help to grow our economy across the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Our...

Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU receives NEA grant to preserve, share Kentucky musical legacies

The Kentucky Folklife Program, housed in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University, has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a traveling exhibit and associated programming centered on the musical heritage and culture of Southcentral Kentucky. Since 1989, the mission of the Kentucky Folklife Program has been to document, present and...

Bellarmine appoints new deans for education, business, arts and sciences for 2019-20

Bellarmine University’s vice president for academic affairs and provost, Dr. Paul Gore, has appointed new academic deans to oversee programs in education and the arts and sciences, as well as an interim dean for the business school. The appointments — made in consultation with Dr. Susan Donovan, Bellarmine’s president — are: • Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins, dean of the Annsley Frazier Thornton...

Applications open for Hadley Creatives: Generation 3 professional development experience for local artists

The Community Foundation of Louisville is accepting applications for Hadley Creatives: Generation 3 (2020), a six-month professional development experience for local performing, literary and visual artists who are at a pivotal point in their careers. The online application opened July 1 at www.hadleycreatives.org and will remain open until Aug. 5. Developed in partnership with Creative Capital, a...

Beth Underwood: The death of The Monkees’ Peter Tork revives many mixed childhood memories

I was having lunch with Mom and one of my brothers a couple of weeks ago when Mom kicked off the conversation on a rather low note. “Did you hear that Peter Tork from The Monkees died?” I hadn’t heard. The Monkees provided an undeniable and lasting influence on my musical tastes and education and played no small part in my lifetime love of music. Needless to say, the news brought to mind...

Kentucky by Heart: There’s probably a song about that, but please don’t expect me to sing along

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I generally enjoy the subject of music, but I’m a slow learner when it comes to understanding it. And, it should not be surprising that I’m not good at performing it, either. It’s almost like I have a mental block, much like many claim to have in learning math. Maybe it’s because I’ve always been a visual rather than an auditory learner; what I read and...

Local storytellers lead visitors through Kentucky Tourism’s 2019 Official Visitor’s Guide

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the release of the 2019 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide and the Year of Kentucky Storytellers. The guide features travel tips and stories, narrated by Kentuckians, who share their love for the Bluegrass State through their own personal experiences. In addition to regional highlights, the visitor’s guide focuses on the main pillars of Kentucky tourism:...

Constance Alexander: Music at the heart of Norton Cancer Center therapy helping patients find joy

Google “heartbeat sounds” and you’ll find an array of audio and video possibilities, ranging from a mere minute to a full twelve hours of lub-dub, lub-dub. There are soporific pulsations to pamper babies longing for the comfort of the womb and beats to becalm insomniacs. The most unusual and heartening sounds are associated with music therapist Brian Schreck. In his current position at Norton...

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...

The Colonels are marching again! EKU marching band resurrected from earlier budget axe

The Colonels are marching again. Thanks to $50,000 in scholarships for participating students and $20,000 from institutional sources and donors, one of Eastern Kentucky University’s greatest traditions – its marching band – has been resurrected. It had been announced earlier this year that, because of budget constraints, the Marching Colonels would be discontinued. “The faculty...

Hayes Middle School’s Deener named Kentucky History Teacher of the Year

April Deener of Edythe J. Hayes Middle School has been selected the 2018 History Teacher of the Year for Kentucky by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a nonprofit organization dedicated to K-12 history education. April DeenerThe award honors one teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Defense Department schools, and U.S. territories. Deener is now in this pool for National...

Jerry E. Baker Foundation commits $10 million endowment for student scholarships at WKU

The Jerry E. Baker Foundation, established through the estate of Jerry E. Baker, a generous longtime supporter of Western Kentucky University, has pledged a $10 million endowment for student scholarships. Annual investment earnings from the endowment will be gifted to WKU to enhance the Jerry E. Baker Student Scholarship Fund, which was initially created through a direct bequest by Baker. The scholarship...

Follow U.S. 23 Country Music Highway into the Kentucky rich with the history its biggest stars

By Robin Cornetet Kentucky Today Road signs along the County Music Highway through Kentucky’s mountain region tout the many Nashville stars with roots around here, including Loretta Lynn, Naomi and Wynona Judd, Chris Stapleton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakum, Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Crystal Gayle and Tom T. Hall, among others. 
Country music fans from across the nation travel...

Kentucky Arts Council accepting applications for folk and traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until Feb. 15 for the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant. This $3,000 grant helps master folk artists teach the skills, practices and culture of Kentucky’s living traditional arts to less experienced artists who are part of the same community. Master artists and apprentices must apply together and both be residents of Kentucky. A...

Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, with Sam Smith among headliners, ready for 13th year

    By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Sam Smith, My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic are among the top acts on board when the Forecastle Festival sets sail for its 13th year in downtown Louisville’s Waterfront Park.   In addition to the more than 50 performances during the three-day festival, there will be six late-night shows at various Louisville venues.   The...

MoonTower Music Festival is listening to the fans while preparing for second-year event

MoonTower Music Festival is held in Masterson Station in Lexington. (Photo provided)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   A movie titled Dazed and Confused seems unlikely to inspire focused event planning, but watching it did just that for LexEffect founder and president Kaelyn Query.   After watching the 1993 movie, Query and her friends came up with the idea for Lexington’s...

James Halcomb: UK’s musical rendition of 2001 should spur more unique performances

As someone who has a passion for film, my desire to experience films in varying presentations is always a thrill.   I love IMAX but I hate 3-D movies (I find it too distracting). So when the Singletary Center for the Arts brought something entirely new like this for Lexington, I was quick to jump at the opportunity.   Stanley Kubrik’s 1968 sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey was shown...

Free Friday Music returns to the UK Chandler Hospital, artists scheduled through April

Students and faculty from the UK School of Music will perform every Friday at the hospital. (Photo provided)   Celebrate the arrival of every weekend leading into spring with free musical performances at the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A atrium lobby.   The TGIF Winter/Spring series of concerts starts on Jan. 30, featuring live musical performances from students and faculty from the University...