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Kentucky Arts Council

Aug. 10, 2016

Sue Massek

Sue Massek

USDA Grant

Arts council
received $51,000 USDA grant

Where I'm From: A Poetry Place

Where I'm From:
A Poetry of Place

Makings of a Master

Makings of a Master Exhibit
through Aug. 31

Kentucky Arts Council



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Lori Meadows
Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

By now, you may have heard the exciting news that the Kentucky Arts Council has been awarded a $51,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to administer a pilot project that integrates the arts into farmers markets. Two counties, Ohio and Owsley, have been selected as the pilot counties and we look forward to what the year ahead will bring.

Farmers markets embody the spirit of local entrepreneurship and ingenuity. It makes sense to pair local artists, entrepreneurs in their own right, with farmers markets to broaden the reach of those essential community gatherings. In addition to having a presence at the two farmers markets, the arts council will conduct free trainings in both locations that will relate directly to building business, marketing and communication skills, creating culturally based community events, and many other aspects of business and community development. These trainings will be held in Ohio and Owsley counties, but are all open to the public no matter where you are located.

Those of you with farmers markets in your communities will want to take advantage of these training opportunities. When this project is complete, we will publish a guide that will document the project and serve as a resource for farmers markets across the Commonwealth interested in integrating the arts into their venue.

Lori Meadows
Executive Director


3 Kentucky nonprofits selected for National Endowment
for the Arts Big Read grants

Three Kentucky organizations have been selected as grant recipients of more than $40,000 for The Big Read, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) initiative that supports community reading programs.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College receives
South Arts literary touring grant

The college was one of 14 recipients of more than $20,000 in grant funding from South Arts, of which the Kentucky Arts Council is a member. South Arts is a regional arts organization working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts to support programming for selected nonprofit arts organizations, allowing those groups to present workshops, lectures and readings by writers from other states.

Seven organizations awarded Arts Access Assistance grants
Louisville Story Program has a mission to amplify untold stories among underrepresented Louisville residents, and thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council, the organization will be able to help seven Kentucky authors who are blind or visually impaired tell their stories.

Kentucky Arts Council recognizes Al Smith Fellowship,
Emerging Artist Award recipients

Six Kentucky artists have been awarded $7,500 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council for exemplifying excellence in their respective creative disciplines.


Aug. 15
Architectural Artists Directory

Aug. 15
Kentucky Crafted

Aug. 15
TranspARTation Grant

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Sept. 5 – Labor Day


Carved in Stone: Louisville sculptors featured at
Kentucky Artisan Center

During the month of August, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will host demonstrations focusing on stone sculpture by three Louisville artists whose works are regularly featured at the center.

Berea Voted No. 1 in America’s top 10 towns for craft lovers
For the past six weeks, and with over 47,789 Facebook votes tallied, craft lovers from all over the country have voted Berea as their No. 1 favorite town for crafts. Beating out much larger cities such as St. Petersburg, Florida (No. 2), Asheville, North Carolina (No. 7), Louisville, Kentucky (No. 10), and Northampton, Massachusetts (No. 8), Berea fans logged onto the American Craft Week website to vote.

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 website with travel suggestions for the 2016 summer season through Labor Day weekend.



South Arts

We invite you to
join us in building
a better South
through the arts.

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Arts E-News is a publication of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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