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Kentucky Arts Council

April 6, 2016

Mitzi Sinnott

Mitzi Sinnott
March/April Featured Artist

Teaching Art Together

Teaching Art Together
Deadline: April 15

Where I'm From: A Poetry Place

Where I'm From:
A Poetry Place

Derby Blanket call

Calling all schools!

Master Folkart Exhibit

Makings of a Master Exhibit
through May 31

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Lori Meadows
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 or 606-589-3130.

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

Lori Meadows
Executive Director


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.


April 25
Kentucky Writers’ Day


April 15
Teaching Art Together

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

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.

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