Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,
Happy New Year and happy anniversary to the Kentucky Arts Council. Fifty years ago in March, the Kentucky
General Assembly passed legislation establishing the arts council and we are proud that a half-century later
the arts council continues its work, serving the people of the Commonwealth and its thriving arts community.
How can you help us celebrate? Come to Arts Day in Kentucky, Jan. 20 in the Capitol Rotunda in
Frankfort. Join us that day to honor Kentucky art in all its forms and to say “thank you” to the Kentucky General
Assembly for continued support of the Kentucky Arts Council during our golden anniversary. We’ll have more
information about Arts Day in Kentucky, including a list of Kentucky artists who will be demonstrating their
respective disciplines, in the next edition of Arts E-News.
The Kentucky Arts Council and its Kentucky Arts Partnership groups helped make sure the arts were ever present
across the Commonwealth in 2015. For the fiscal year that ended June 30, the arts council provided more than $1.4
million in support to Kentucky Arts Partnership groups, which yielded a return of more than $7.3 million in tax
revenue, including sales, payroll and property tax. Those groups supported 607 full-time jobs, 974 part-time jobs
and 1,980 contract positions. Kentuckians enjoyed more than 5.8 million individual arts experiences like
exhibits, performances, festivals and other events where the arts figured prominently. In education, the arts
were represented in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties and in 1,144 schools statewide. Kentucky’s students
enjoyed more than 1.4 million arts experiences.
We know that even with our support, these numbers do not happen without a high standard of creativity and
quality programming from local artists and arts organizations across the state. Arts Day is about saying
“thank you” to everyone who contributes upholding those high standards in every Kentucky community.
13 complete Kentucky Arts Council’s
Community Scholars Program
As coordinator for the Appalachian Artisan Center’s Hindman Dulcimer Project, Mike Slone, of Mousie, has
relied on interviews to tell the history of the traditional Appalachian stringed instrument.
Arts Day in Kentucky
Kentucky Arts Partnership
Arts Access Assistance
Al Smith Fellowship
Emerging Artist Award
Performing Artists Directory
Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant
Jan. 18 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Winter Photo Weekend Jan. 15-17 at Pine
Mountain State Resort Park
Pine Mountain State Resort Park is offering some cold-weather outdoor adventure with Winter Photography
Weekend set for Jan. 15-17, 2016.
Virginia Petty makes miniature natural material baskets at Kentucky Artisan Center
On Saturday, Jan. 9, Virginia Petty of Berea will demonstrate how she creates miniature baskets from dried
natural materials 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Oil painting techniques demonstrated by Louie Northern at Kentucky Artisan Center
On Saturday, Jan. 16, Louie Northern of Mount Vernon will demonstrate his oil painting techniques 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.