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Kentucky Arts Council

Jan. 19, 2016

In this issue...

Walter Roycraft

Walter Roycraft
Jan./Feb. Featured Artist

Arts Day

Celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky
Jan. 20, Frankfort

Market Tickets

Purchase tickets online for
Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Kentucky Crafted: The Market buyer registration

Kentucky Crafted: The Market
buyer registration
now open

Where I'm From: A Poetry Place

Where I'm From:
A Poetry Place

Master Folk Arts Exhibit

Makings of a Master

Al Smith Webinar

WEBINAR: How to apply:
Al Smith Fellowship

PAD Webinar

WEBINAR: How to apply:
Performing Artists Directory

Kentucky Arts Council



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Lori Meadows Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Arts Day in Kentucky is tomorrow, and we hope you will be our guests in Frankfort at the Capitol for a celebration of the creative spirit across Kentucky. Arts Day is also serving as an anniversary party, since 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the legislation that established the Kentucky Arts Council. In addition to thanking our legislators for their continued support of the arts council, we hope you will take the opportunity to share with your legislators, and with arts council board members and staff, what support from the arts council means to you or to your organization.

The day would not be a complete celebration of artistic excellence in Kentucky without demonstrations by some of the best creative minds in the Commonwealth. Come see artists Kathy Conroy, Linda and Jack Fifield, Willie Rascoe and Larkspur Press’s Gray Zeitz show and talk about their work. Be entertained by musicians Joanna Hay and Jeff Ellis of Frankfort-based world music group Stirfry Musette, and meet the always crowd-pleasing performers from Squallis Puppeteers.

You may recognize the names Linda Fifield and Willie Rascoe. They each received Governor’s Awards in the Arts in October, and we’re happy to have them back in Frankfort as willing and able ambassadors for the arts council.

Arts Day in Kentucky begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 20 in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. We hope to see you there!

Feb. 16 is the deadline to apply for several arts council grants and inclusion in one of our adjudicated directories. If you haven’t researched these opportunities yet, now is a great time to do so. Grants with deadlines coming next month include Arts Access Assistance, Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, Emerging Artist Award, Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship and the Performing Artists Directory.

These programs exist to support artists and arts organizations in Kentucky. We hope you will take time to learn more about them and determine if any of them will help you or your group achieve your goals.
We will see you in Frankfort on Arts Day.

Lori Meadows
Executive Director


Webinars scheduled for artists interested in applying for Al Smith
Fellowship, Emerging Artist Award, Performing Artists Directory The Kentucky Arts Council will offer webinars to assist artists seeking to apply for the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, Emerging Artist Award or Performing Artists Directory.

Kentucky Arts Council taking applications for Performing Artists Directory
Applications are available online for artists interested in participating in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory, a marketing assistance program that supports Kentucky performers of music, dance, theater and storytelling.

Public invited to celebrate arts council’s 50th anniversary Jan. 20 at Arts Day in Kentucky
The Kentucky Arts Council and arts organizations from across the state will celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Ave. in Frankfort.

Chinese music, rolley hole marble making will highlight ‘Makings of a Master’ in Franklin
A classical Chinese music performer and a marble maker will highlight the opening event for the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Makings of a Master” exhibit, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central time Jan. 16 at Gallery on the Square in Franklin.

National Endowment for the Arts awards grants to Kentucky organizations
Eight Kentucky arts organizations will share in $200,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in that organization’s first round of grant funding for fiscal year 2016.

Kentucky Arts Council features Nicholasville photographer in January, February
Nicholasville photographer Walter Roycraft has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council's featured artist for January and February.


Jan. 20
Arts Day in Kentucky

Feb. 23
Poetry Out Loud

March 4-6
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Feb. 16
Arts Access Assistance

Feb. 16
Al Smith Fellowship

Emerging Artist Award

Performing Artists Directory

Feb. 16
Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant

March 15
Teaching Artists Directory


Berea Welcome Center Carvers demonstrate at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
On Saturday, Jan. 23, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Janet Northern creates baskets from honeysuckle vines, hickory bark at Kentucky Artisan Center
On Saturday, Jan. 30, Janet Northern, of Mount Vernon, will create baskets using honeysuckle vines and hickory bark, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

South Arts

We invite you to
join us in building
a better South
through the arts.

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)


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