Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,
The Southern Legislative Conference has come and gone, and we, along with the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, had a great three days showing
and selling art at The Kentucky Market in Lexington. It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase
artists in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program. We’re grateful to Kentucky
State Senate President Robert Stivers, chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference, for
inviting us to take part in this important event that brought about 1,200 people from 14 southern
states to Lexington. And, of course, we thank each of you who came out to look at or purchase
artwork during the event.
Participation in The Kentucky Market was limited to artists adjudicated into the Kentucky
Crafted program. We are currently accepting applications for that program, as well as the
Architectural Artists Directory. The deadline submitting those applications is Aug. 15.
We are also excited to share with you news of Kentucky organizations receiving grant funding
from other national or regional groups.
West Kentucky Community and Technical College has received a $1,891 literary touring grant
from South Arts, a regional arts organization working in partnership with the National
Endowment for the Arts to support programming for selected nonprofit arts organizations. With
its funding, the college will bring author Conor Grennan to its campus March 28-29, 2017. Grennan
is the author of the New York Times best-selling and No. 1 international best-selling memoir
“Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal.”
Three Kentucky organizations were selected as grant recipients of more than $40,000 for
The Big Read, a NEA initiative that supports community reading
programs. The Big Read program’s goal is to broaden understanding of the world, communities
and individuals through the joy of sharing a good book. Gateway Community and Technical
College in Florence received $12,100 to build a program around “A Lesson Before Dying”
by Ernest J. Gaines. Ashland’s Paramount Arts Center will use its $14,000 grant for a program
centered on Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Pennyroyal Arts Council in Hopkinsville
received $14,000 for its program on books by Edgar Allan Poe.
We congratulate each of those organizations receiving regional and national grant funding
and encourage members of those communities to participate in those local programs that
will benefit from the funding. They exist to serve you.
Kentucky Arts Council launches redesigned website
The Kentucky Arts Council launched a new version of its website today,
Architectural Artists Directory
Sept. 5 – Labor Day
Artists sought for Ohio Valley Art League wildlife exhibit
The Ohio Valley Art League and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are
inviting artists to enter the 2016 Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit. This is the 12th
biennial year for this juried wildlife exhibit.
99 Days of Summer offers fun ideas for Kentucky travelers
The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism announced the launch of 99 Days of
Summer, an interactive section of the www.kentuckytourism.com website
with travel suggestions for the 2016 summer season through Labor Day weekend.