Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,
Last week several Kentucky Arts Council staff members were in Grand Rapids, Mich., representing Kentucky at
the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies conference. We heard from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman
Jane Chu about the Creativity Connects initiative, among other speakers. The staff has returned with plenty
of new ideas about how to serve you and carry out our mission as your state arts agency.
You might remember in early summer we announced Hardin County basketmaker Leona Waddell had been honored
as a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship recipient. She will be honored Sept. 28,
along with the other eight awardees, during a ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. We
wish her well in her travels to the nation’s capital and know she will be a first-rate ambassador for the
Commonwealth’s stellar community of artists.
Interviews with the fellowship recipients, including Waddell, will be broadcast on the public radio program
American Routes during the week of Thanksgiving. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for a reminder and if you
miss the program, we’ll provide a link to the audio.
As we mentioned in the previous newsletter, the arts council is moving from Capital Plaza Tower to Capital
Center East, 1025 Capital Center Drive in Frankfort. That’s just off Versailles Road, about halfway between
Interstate 64 and Leestown Road (US 421). The phone number, 502-564-3757, will remain the same.
Our first day in the new office will be Oct. 4, but we will be moving items from the Tower to the new office
Oct. 3-7. This means we may not be readily accessible via phone or email at some point during that week. As
our moving week gets closer, we will try to be more specific as to when our communications “blackout” period
may be. Keep an eye on social media and our website for details, as well as an updated staff phone directory.
Kentucky Arts Council’s Master Class
a Valuable Tool for Event Planners
The 2016 Master Class will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at The Grand Theatre in Frankfort. The event
is free, but requires advance registration.
Murray Woodworker is Featured Artist for September, October
Murray woodworking artist Wyatt Daglã Severs is the Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist
for September and October.
Kentucky Arts Council Launches New Arts Education Grant, Showcasing the Arts
A new educational program from the Kentucky Arts Council is offering teachers and school
administrators the opportunity to bring quality Kentucky-based visual and performing artists
into schools as part of its Showcasing the Arts grant.
Kentucky Arts Council Funds 11 Consultancies through
Kentucky Peer Advisory Network Grants
The Kentucky Arts Council will fund consultancies for seven groups and four individuals through
the Kentucky Peer Advisory Network (KPAN).
‘Makings of a Master’ Exhibit Heads to Whitley County
in Time for Williamsburg Old Fashioned Trading Days
The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit “Makings of a Master” will be on display beginning Sept. 8 in Whitley County.
Business Resources for the Creative Industry
Kentucky Master Class
Kentucky Poet Laureate Nomination
Showcasing the Arts
Teaching Art Together
The Great American Dulcimer Convention will celebrate its 40th anniversary Sept. 23-24 at
Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville.
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.