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Kentucky Arts Council

Feb. 15, 2017

Jesse Wells

Jesse Wells

Arts Day in Kentucky

Arts Day in Kentucky

Makings of a Master

Master Folk Arts Exhibit

The Illustrated Word Exhibit

The Illustrated Word
Traveling Exhibit

Kentucky Arts Council



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Lydia Bailey Brown with Laurie Risch Dear Arts Lovers:

Since coming on as executive director with the Kentucky Arts Council a few weeks ago, I have had the tremendous pleasure of meeting many of you as I travel around the state each week. Thank you for your openness, your obvious dedication to the arts, and your commitment to partnering with The Kentucky Arts Council as we work together in serving the citizens of the Commonwealth. I look forward to more of these opportunities to forge relationships with all of you!

Let me tell you a little about myself. As a child of a folk artist in the South, I was already in love with visual arts and craft, with dance, music performance, and performing on stage. I’ve known since a very young age (yes, 4½) that I wanted a career in the arts. I was a working painter by the age of 15 and an arts educator in public schools by 16. In college, I found myself in arts administration roles and loved every bit of it – from concessions manager to stage manager, from exhibit developer and advertising director to show producer, some at professional community arts organizations. I devoted myself to the arts, majoring in fine arts and studying theatre and music. I went on for an MBA in arts administration, where I ended up with an executive internship in education with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

My career has been a fun one! I have used both sides of my brain, teaching in the arts, managing museums, symphony, theatre and galleries. Too, I have worked as a vendor in design and production of educational exhibit spaces and designing products and programs for museums, cultural travel destinations, and other nonprofits. My skills have been helpful in leading business development and engagement with research, leadership development and economic-focused organizations – always teaching art and volunteering in community and church arts alongside my other activities.

I am an idealist, and I do not apologize for having huge goals. I am driven by a sincere passion for the arts in Kentucky, and it is my desire to see the Kentucky Arts Council become so integral in the operation of the Commonwealth that we are not merely sustained, but that we grow in importance and impact. I share that with you, friends, not only to let you know my vision, but as a call to action for your partnership, so that together we carry on and grow Kentucky’s cultural future.

Lydia Bailey Brown with Oakley Farris As I said at the top of this letter, I want to meet you - and it’s in that spirit that I invite you to Frankfort Feb. 24 to celebrate ARTS DAY IN KENTUCKY - 2017! Each year Arts Day is a special celebration of art and the dedication of local arts organizations in the cities and towns they serve, as well as a chance to thank our state legislators for their continued support of the arts.

In addition to photo opportunities with state legislators, we will feature demonstrations by some of Kentucky’s best visual and craft artists and performances by fine musicians from around the state.

ARTS DAY IN KENTUCKY - 2017 is a day for everyone. We welcome artists, friends of the arts, local elected officials, economic development officers, civic leaders and any Kentucky resident who has an appetite and passion for the arts. Please come to celebrate – and make sure you sign our Kentucky-wide poster stating, “I AM THE ARTS IN KY!”

It’s also National Cupcake Day, so if you have a sweet tooth, expect it to be satisfied!

On behalf of the hard-working staff at The Kentucky Arts Council, we hope you’ll be our guest Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort for ARTS DAY IN KENTUCKY - 2017!

Lydia Bailey Brown
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Chinese Pipa Musician Presents Concert for
Makings of a Master Exhibit in Booneville

Kentucky master pipa player Hong Shao will give a free performance and presentation on traditional Chinese music 12:30 p.m., Jan. 26 at Owsley County Public Library.

Three Complete Community Scholars Training in Hopkinsville
When Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park hosted the Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling “Makings of a Master” exhibit this summer, it was a first for the state park system. But the exhibit, which chronicles Kentucky’s folklife and traditions, also lit a fire in Park Manager Peter Bowles to enroll in the arts council’s Community Scholars Program.

Arts Day in Kentucky Celebrates Support for the Arts
The Kentucky Arts Council and arts organizations from across the state will celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Ave. in Frankfort.


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Stitched From the Heart - February Artisan Center
Demonstrations Feature Textile Arts

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will feature fiber and textile demonstrations stitched from the heart - during the Valentine’s Day month of February. All demonstrations are on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Oil Painting Weekend Feb. 24-26 at
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host its Oil Painting Weekend Feb. 24-26. There will be a demonstration on Friday night at 7 p.m. and classes 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Bonita Mallory, a Bon Ross certified instructor, will teach the wet on wet method of oil painting.

Call for Entries for ‘225’ Exhibit at
Kentucky Artisan Center

In 2017 Kentucky celebrates the 225th Anniversary of becoming a state and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea honors that history with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History.



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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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