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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...

KET putting state’s signature bluegrass music into national spotlight via documentary on PBS

One of Kentucky’s most popular exports — bluegrass music — will get the star treatment later this month. Ricky Skaggs That’s when PBS stations across the country are scheduled to air the KET-produced documentary Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music, placing the state’s signature music into the national spotlight. The two-hour film, dubbed the most comprehensive documentary on bluegrass...

From a single college station, to over 500 stations worldwide, WoodSongs celebrates 900th broadcast

It started as a small broadcast on a little college radio station with 12 people in the audience. Today it is the biggest roots music broadcast in the world and will make history on Monday July 24 when the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour presents its 900th broadcast taping at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, KY. WoodSongs airs on over 500 radio stations from Australia to New York to Ireland....

Nine Kentuckians, including journalist Al Smith, receive Governor’s Awards in the Arts

  Nine Kentuckians have been presented with 2015 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.   The 2015 Governor’s Award was designed by folk artist Minnie Adkins of Isonville. “These awardees represent such a rich diversity of background and experience, but they have in common that they have risen above and beyond in their commitment to hone and refine their respective talents. In the case...

Nine named 2015 Governor’s Awards in the Arts recipients; Al Smith receives top honor

Nine Kentuckians whose contributions – as artists or advocates – have raised the quality and awareness of the arts in Kentucky and beyond are recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.   The awards are presented in nine categories. The Milner Award is the first award given and is considered the most prestigious of the nine. Award recipients and descriptions of each follow:   Al...