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Kentucky Arts Council

May 19, 2017

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Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director Lydia Bailey 
    Brown, First Lady Glenna Bevin, and Arts Council Public Art and Design Director Kate Sprengnether at the reception 
    for artists in the Governor’s Derby Exhibit.Dear Arts Lovers:

It’s been a whirlwind these past several weeks at the Kentucky Arts Council. We have:

  • participated in the first “Creative Forces” meeting to serve veterans and active military families;

  • made significant progress in our rural arts and farmers market partnerships;

  • announced the 2017-18 Kentucky Poet Laureate, Frederick Smock;

  • produced Kentucky Crafted: The Market;

  • hosted Kentucky Writers’ Day;

  • welcomed artists of the Governor’s Derby Exhibit to a reception with First Lady Glenna Bevin;

  • exhibited Derby blankets made by students from 44 schools across the state; and

  • showcased 14 Kentucky Crafted artists on Kentucky Derby day on the lawn of the Old State Capitol.

Whew! I’m out of breath when I think of all we have done in the past few weeks!

Feats like this are impossible to achieve without a committed staff of professionals like we have at the arts council, making sure things are running smoothly behind the scenes and in the spotlight. I can assure you that Kentuckians have an arts council staff they can be proud of.

We brought new ideas to Market this year, including incorporating more hands-on arts education elements into the program for families and more booth awards to recognize exhibitors who go above and beyond in their work at The Market. We also served as hosts to the Western Kentucky University Folk Studies Program as they presented the Homer Ledford Award to luthier Doug Naselroad on the Kentucky Stage. The 35th edition of The Market was something to behold!

It was also a privilege to announce Gov. Matt Bevin’s appointment of Frederick Smock as Kentucky Poet Laureate. Frederick was installed as poet laureate on May 1 at the Old State Capitol in Frankfort. Gov. Bevin; Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Don Parkinson and Deputy Secretary Regina Stivers; and former poet laureate George Ella Lyon were among the dignitaries there to wish Frederick well during his two-year term as the state’s literary ambassador.

Kentucky Crafted artists were on display once again on Kentucky Derby day. Fourteen Kentucky Crafted artists exhibited their work under the Kentucky Crafted tent at the Governor’s Derby Celebration in downtown Frankfort. Once again, Gov. Bevin showed his support for the arts council, stopping by to greet the artists and look at their work. In addition, picnic tables on the lawn at the Old State Capitol were decked out like horses at the races, sporting horse heads, tails and their own Derby blankets, designed by school students from all over the Commonwealth.

Yes, spring has been a busy one thus far, and we look forward to an equally active summer full of exciting award announcements and other news. Thank you for supporting us by telling stories of how the arts impact your life and your community. Your stories help educate others about the relevance of the arts to our Commonwealth and our lives. Keep up the great work!

Lydia Bailey Brown
Lydia Bailey Brown
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Southeast Tourism Society Names
Kentucky Crafted: The Market a Top 20 Event

The Southeast Tourism Society has named Kentucky Crafted: The Market one of its Top 20 Events in the Southeast for April 2017.

Frederick Smock Inducted as
Kentucky Poet Laureate

Joined by fellow writers, friends, students, teachers and state dignitaries, Frederick Smock was inducted as the Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2017-18, May 1 at the Old State Capitol in Frankfort.

Kentucky Art Available at
Governor’s Derby Celebration

Fifteen Kentucky artists will exhibit and sell their work during the Governor’s Derby Celebration, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6, on the lawn of the Old State Capitol.

Gov. Bevin Appoints Louisville Native,
Bellarmine Professor Kentucky Poet Laureate

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Louisville poet, author and teacher Frederick Smock as Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2017-18, the Kentucky Arts Council announced. Smock, will be formally inducted during a ceremony on Kentucky Writers’ Day, May 1 at the Old State Capitol, 300 W. Broadway St. in Frankfort.


Sept. 11 – Application deadline

Aug. 15 – Application deadline
Kentucky Crafted

June 30 – Application deadline
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June 15 – Application deadline
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HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

May 29 – Memorial Day


Artisan Center features jewelry in May
The Kentucky Artisan Center will feature jewelry demonstrations during the month of May to celebrate the age-old tradition of personal adornment. Artist demonstrations will showcase a wide variety of jewelry made from Kentucky agates, colorful polymer clay and sterling silver. Demonstrations at the Center are on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dramatic color and grand scale 'Reveal' exhibit at
Kentucky Artisan Center

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea presents an exhibit introducing two new artists in, “Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner.” This exhibit will run through May 27 in the lobby and gallery hall of the center. Both artists work in large two-dimensional formats and focus on color in their compositions.

Kentucky Artisan Center honors state's history
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will honor the 225th Anniversary of Kentucky becoming a state in 2017, with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History.



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