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
- Education Award
- Folk Heritage Award
Hindman Dulcimer Project
- Government Award
Kentucky Commission on the
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Media Award
Paducah Life Magazine
- National Award
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.
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
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.
Poetry Out Loud
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.