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Kentucky Arts Council

Jan. 7, 2016

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Walter Roycraft

Walter Roycraft
Jan./Feb. Featured Artist

Arts Day

Celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky
Jan. 20, Frankfort

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Where I'm From: A Poetry Place

Where I'm From:
A Poetry Place

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Lori Meadows 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.

Lori Meadows
Executive Director


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.


Jan. 20
Arts Day in Kentucky


Jan. 15
Kentucky Arts Partnership

Feb. 16
Arts Access Assistance

Feb. 16
Al Smith Fellowship

Emerging Artist Award

Performing Artists Directory

Feb. 16
Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

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.

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Arts E-News is a publication of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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