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.
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
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,
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.
Architectural Artists Directory
Sept. 5 – Labor Day
Carved in Stone: Louisville sculptors featured at
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 www.kentuckytourism.com website with travel suggestions for the
2016 summer season through Labor Day weekend.