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Kentucky Arts Council

March 27, 2017

Jesse Wells

Constance Alexander

Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Kentucky Crafted:
The Market

Ways of Seeing Exhibit

Ways of Seeing Exhibit

Kentucky Writers' Day

Kentucky Writers' Day

Kentucky Arts Council



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Lydia Bailey Brown with Haley Bryan Dear Arts Lovers:

Arts Day in Kentucky was a phenomenal success! If you were able to join us in Frankfort on Feb. 24, thank you for coming and sharing in the celebration of the arts in Kentucky, and fellowship with artists and arts advocates. It was a personal pleasure for me to get to meet people face to face that I’ve only had phone or email exchanges with, and I look forward to developing these relationships even more.

Our Poetry Out Loud state finals were also very exciting. We had an amazing turnout at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort, with supporters of each of the 20 school champions there to cheer on the contenders. It was as much a celebration of sportsmanship and camaraderie as it was a day of poetry recitation, and each student, from the school champions to those who followed them to Frankfort to support them, should be proud of how they conducted themselves. In the end it was Grant County High School senior Haley Bryan who emerged as state champion, taking her second state title in four years. We’re confident that she will be a sterling representative of Kentucky when she goes to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals April 25-26 in Washington, D.C. She carries our hopes and good wishes with her!

Looking ahead, there are a few events I know you won’t want to miss. On March 30 at SKyPAC in Bowling Green the Kentucky Arts Council, VSA Kentucky and the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts will co-present the second annual Cultural Accessibility Summit. As members of the various disability communities continue their stewardship of self-advocacy and the baby boomer population ages, accessibility of all types – mobility, communication, behavioral – becomes even more relevant to arts organizations and performance venues in terms of programming, facility and education. Discussion topics will include practical tips for arts inclusion as well as strategies for local, regional and national advocacy for arts access.

Whether you think of yourself this way or not, YOU ARE THE ARTS IN KENTUCKY! Purchases from The Market support artists in their careers and grow stronger, more creative and better sustained communities in Kentucky. Your passion for the arts as a patron keeps Kentucky strong economically, educationally and as a cultural destination for all who visit. Keep it up!

In that spirit, I challenge you to share The Market with a friend who has never been. Do you have a unique item on display in your home that you purchased at The Market? Bring a friend and introduce them to the artist who made it! I challenge you to be an ambassador for all the wonderful things going on in the arts in Kentucky!

Lydia Bailey Brown
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Kentucky Arts Council Seeking Artists for Teaching Artists Directory
Kentucky artists who wish to be considered for inclusion in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Teaching Artists Directory must apply by April 13.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market Set for April 21-23
The best opportunity to purchase Kentucky artwork will be when largest number of Kentucky artists gather for the 35th Kentucky Crafted: The Market, April 21-23 at the Lexington Convention Center.

Murray Writer is Kentucky Arts Council’s Featured Artist for March, April
Constance Alexander, a writer of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays and essays, has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council’s Featured Artist for March and April.

Grant County Senior Becomes Two-Time Kentucky Poetry Out Loud Champion
Grant County High School senior Haley Bryan earned her second state champion title March 7 at the Kentucky Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Frankfort.

Kentucky Arts Council’s ‘The Illustrated Word’ Exhibit on Display at Kentucky Crafted: The Market
The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit, “The Illustrated Word,” will take a brief detour from visiting Kentucky libraries to be featured at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, April 22-23 at the Lexington Convention Center.


March 30
Kentucky Cultural Accessibility Summit

April 21-23
Kentucky Crafted: The Market

May 1
Kentucky Writers’ Day


April 13
Teaching Artists Directory

May 3
Teaching Art Together

May 15

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

April 14 – Good Friday (arts council office closes at noon)


A Tisket, a Tasket, Get Your Easter Basket - March Artisan Center Demonstrations Feature Basketry
The Kentucky Artisan Center will feature basketry during the month of March with artist demonstrations showcasing a wide variety of Easter baskets. Artists will be making baskets from tree bark, reed and vines. All demonstrations at the Center are on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.



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