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Kentucky Arts Council

Aug. 19, 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,

Fall is almost upon us and that means the annual Governor’s Awards in the Arts is not far away.

This year’s recipients truly represent the Commonwealth, five individuals and four organizations whose artistic excellence and support for the arts rises to the level of notice by their peers.

The winners, including their award categories, are:

  • Milner Award
    Chester and Msiba Ann Grundy

  • Artist Award
    Guy Gerard Kemper

  • Business Award
    Owensboro Health

  • Education Award
    Miles Osland

  • Folk Heritage Award
    Hindman Dulcimer Project

  • Government Award
    Kentucky Commission on the
    Deaf and Hard of Hearing


  • Media Award
    Paducah Life Magazine

  • National Award
    Wendy Whelan
    Louisville native

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts ceremony will be 10 a.m., Oct. 21 at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. The event is free and open to the public.

Building on the announcement earlier this month about receiving a $51,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, we want to let you know about two related events coming up in Ohio and Owsley counties, where we are conducting the pilot program of integrating the arts into local farmers markets. On Aug. 26 in Ohio County, and on Aug. 31 in Owsley County, we will conduct cultural assets inventory trainings. These sessions are integral to identifying resources and other community treasures that make a place unique. The morning sessions on each date, from 9:30 a.m. to noon local time, will be open to anyone wishing to attend. The afternoon sessions, from 1-3:30 p.m. local time, are limited to residents of Ohio and Owsley counties, respectively. All participants will learn to think about place in a new way. What is it about a county that makes it unique? What does it have that no other county in Kentucky has? Join your fellow community members to share your thoughts.

For more information on those trainings and to register online, visit our website.

Lori Meadows
Executive Director


Eight Schools Awarded Teaching Art Together Grants
Eight schools across the Commonwealth will receive a Teaching Art Together grant from the Kentucky Arts Council to conduct artist residencies with students during this school year.

Kentucky Arts Council Accepting Nominations for Kentucky Poet Laureate
The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations for Kentucky Poet Laureate. The next poet laureate will serve for two years starting in 2017, succeeding current Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon, who has served since 2015.

Three Master Artists Awarded Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants
Three Kentucky master artists have been awarded Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants from the Kentucky Arts Council.

Kentucky Arts Council awards funding to state arts organizations
The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded almost $1.3 million in operating support to 93 arts organizations across the Commonwealth for the 2017 fiscal year through its Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) program.


Sept. 15
Poetry Out Loud

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Sept. 5 – Labor Day


The hills will be alive with music at Carter Caves
Carter Caves State Resort Park will host the 47th annual Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin’ Sept. 7-10. The festival that began as a family reunion honors old-time music and eastern Kentucky traditions as well as the late master fiddler J.P. Fraley. Musicians will be jamming in parking lots and sharing music around the campfires of Carter Caves State Resort Park. Musical instruments such as the dulcimer, fiddle and guitar are used to tell stories about life long ago in the eastern Kentucky foothills.

New Artisan Review application deadline Sept. 30
Three times a year the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea holds review sessions to consider works and products by Kentucky artisans who are not juried members of the Kentucky Arts Council programs or the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. Applications for the next review session are due Sept. 30.

Kenlake State Resort Park to host Hot August Blues
Kenlake State Resort Park will host the 27th annual The Hot August Blues Festival Aug. 26-27.

‘Reveal’ exhibit program kicks off at Kentucky Artisan Center
Large paintings and new limited edition prints by artist Monica Pipia are now on display in a kick-off showcase of large format works at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.



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