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.
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.
Arts Day in Kentucky
Poetry Out Loud
Kentucky Crafted: The Market
Arts Access Assistance
Al Smith Fellowship
Emerging Artist Award
Performing Artists Directory
Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant
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.