Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,
We hope you’ll join us Monday,
April 25, for Kentucky Writers’ Day. Celebrated each
year on or around the birthday of Kentucky writer Robert Penn Warren, the nation’s first poet laureate,
Kentucky Writers’ Day will begin at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda with readings from
Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon, along with readings
from past poets laureate. There will be a reception at 11 a.m., where you can meet the poets laureate
and other Kentucky writers as we celebrate Kentucky’s literary tradition.
On April 30, you can also honor George Ella Lyon by attending George Ellabration, 3-8 p.m. at the Harlan
County Cooperative Extension Service, 519 S. Main St. in Harlan, George Ella’s home town. This daylong
tribute to our state’s poet laureate has been spearheaded by the Harlan County Arts Council, Harlan Tourism
and Convention Commission, the Harlan County Public Library, Harlan County Cooperative Extension, the
Harlan County Community Foundation, and the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College.
If you would like to be a part of George Ellabration, contact Southeast Community and Technical College
Professor Robert Gipe at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s fitting to celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day and George Ellabration during
National Poetry Month. For those that are unable to make it to Frankfort for Writers’ Day
or to Harlan for George Ellabration, there are things you can do in your own communities to celebrate
Kentucky literature and poetry during this important month. Check out our
Kentucky Writers’ Day Planning Guide or
the 30 Ways to Celebrate
National Poetry Month at poets.org.
Purchase awards a success at Kentucky Crafted: The Market
Eleven Kentucky artists and one publishing house benefited from a new purchase award sponsorship program
early this month at Kentucky Crafted: The Market in Lexington.
Celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day no matter where you are
Kentucky Writers’ Day is April 25, and for Kentuckians who can’t travel to Frankfort for the
celebration, the Kentucky Arts Council provides a planning guide for recognizing Writers’ Day in their own communities.
Kentucky Writers’ Day
Teaching Art Together
May 30 – Memorial Day
‘Fins and Feathers’ turn into quilts at Kentucky Artisan Center
Brilliantly colored fabrics will become ‘fins and feathers’ as textile artist Marilyn Foulke, of
Louisville, demonstrates how she captures a variety of fish and bird species in her quilts, on Saturday,
April 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. For her creations, Foulke
uses a combination of piecing, raw edge appliqué and machine quilting.
Free guided gallery tours April 9 at Kentucky Artisan Center
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s
gallery exhibit, “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans” and the lobby exhibit, “Kentucky Clay:
A Continuing Tradition,” on Saturday, April 9.
Berea Welcome Center Carvers demonstrate April 16 at
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles
and techniques on Saturday, April 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.