Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,
Kentucky Writers’ Day was, once again, a great success, and I want to thank each of you who participated, either
with us on April 25 in Frankfort, or in your own communities. Those of you who came to the Capitol to
celebrate heard Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon read a new “Where I’m From" poem that reflected
on her first year traveling the state as Kentucky’s literary ambassador. For those who weren’t in Frankfort,
we’ve posted that poem on our blog. Give it a read!
Right now it’s Kentucky Derby week in the Commonwealth, and with the momentum created by American Pharoah’s sweep
of the Triple Crown last year, we know Derby fever will be higher than ever. If you can’t make it to the
Twin Spires of Churchill Downs, come to the Governor’s Derby Celebration, May 7 in downtown Frankfort.
The Governor’s Derby Exhibit is currently on display in the Capitol Rotunda through May 7. Hours
are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit is open to the public.
Visitors will be able to shop for Kentucky-made art in the Kentucky Crafted sales tent on the Old Capitol
Lawn. Sixteen artists from the arts council’s adjudicated Kentucky Crafted program will display and sell
their work. After you’ve gone shopping, relax at one of the many picnic tables on the lawn adorned with canvases
decorated by students and submitted by schools from across the Commonwealth that are participating in our annual
Derby Blankets project.
In addition to being Derby week in Kentucky, May 1-7 is also National Travel and Tourism Week. Art reflects
inspiration and there are plenty of sources for it on Kentucky’s backroads, walking trails and in state
parks. We encourage you to discover your inspiration and share it on social media with the hashtags #kyarts50 and
Owensboro pianist Diane Earle named arts council’s featured artist for May, June
Diane Earle, a Kentucky Wesleyan College music professor and artist in residence, was named the Kentucky Arts
Council’s featured artist for May and June. Earle, of Owensboro, has been playing piano for more than 50 years
and has made a name for herself as a performer and teacher.
Kentucky-made art and craft available at Governor’s Derby Celebration
Fifteen Kentucky artists will exhibit and sell their work during the Governor’s Derby Celebration,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7, on the lawn of the Old State Capitol.
Governor’s Derby Exhibit now open in Capitol Rotunda
This year’s Governor’s Derby Exhibit, coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council, is on display until
May 7 in the State Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.
Specialists With Arts Tactics
May 30 – Memorial Day
‘Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans’ on exhibit at Kentucky
Artisan Center at Berea
A new gallery exhibit “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans” continues through Sept. 10 at
the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, showcasing the work of 20 Kentucky printmakers.