Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,
The latest round of National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding has been released, and it
pleases me to report that the Kentucky Arts Council has received $746,500 in state partnership
funding from the NEA, which represents an increase of 5 percent from funding this time last year.
This funding is important to the arts council because it allows us to show support for the outstanding
work done by nonprofit arts organizations throughout the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2015, the last
year for which we have complete reporting data, the arts council awarded more than $1.4 million in
funding to 96 Kentucky arts organizations. In addition to generating more than $1.4 million in
state and $5.3 million in federal tax revenue, that money also helped provide nearly 6 million
arts experiences for Kentuckians and served youth at 4,144 schools from the state’s 120 counties.
We’re grateful to have the NEA as a partner in fulfilling our mission to encourage Kentuckians
to participate in the arts in their respective communities and schools.
And how can you participate in the arts this summer? The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism,
one of our sister agencies in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, is promoting its
99 Days of Summer. Among those activities you’ll find many opportunities to
enjoy art in all its varieties around the state. So, take a look at the 99 Days of Summer calendar,
get in the car, and go enjoy a performance, a visit to a museum or an art demonstration. If
you take photos, use the hashtag #kyarts50 and #kysummer to let us know where you’ve been.
Summer is also a great time to get your children involved in the arts. Check out out directory
of the many fun and educational opportunities for Kentucky youth offered by our Kentucky
Arts Partnership organizations. The directory can be found
on our website.
Pennyrile Forest first state park to host
‘Makings of a Master’ exhibit
For the first time in its four-year history, the Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit
“Makings of a Master” will be featured at a Kentucky state park.
Kentucky Arts Council summer program directory offers
opportunities for student artists
The Kentucky Arts Council has published an online directory of summer arts camps, programs
and activities for Kentucky students hosted by Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations. Programs
include a variety of disciplines such as visual art, theater, music, writing, dance and more,
all designed to provide Kentucky children an enriching experience in the arts.
Specialists With Arts Tactics
Architectural Artists Directory
July 4 – Independence Day
Call for entries for Fall Exhibit at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Kentucky artists are invited to submit entries for the exhibit “Have a Seat: Chairs by Kentucky
Artisans” which will run from Sept. 17, 2016 through Feb. 25, 2017, at the Kentucky Artisan
Center at Berea.