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Kentucky Arts Council

June 16, 2017

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Hong Shao

The Illustrated Word Exhibit

The Illustrated Word Exhibit

Ways of Seeing Exhibit

Ways of Seeing Exhibit

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Lydia Bailey Brown Dear Arts Lovers:

Summer is here and for many of you that means activities. Maybe you’re looking for a family road trip, or you’re expecting guests from out of town and you want your visit with them to be special.

If you’re stuck for ideas, you’re in luck! The Kentucky Department of Tourism has launched its annual campaign, 99 Days of Summer, featuring an experience that is uniquely Kentucky each day. The Kentucky Arts Council is promoting the arts-related events and destinations that the Department of Tourism has highlighted, and you can learn more about those by checking in on our Facebook and Twitter pages every day.

On June 21, you will find a roadmap to a Kentucky-sized basket of opportunities on the Tourism website! The directions are simple: visit a Kentucky art gallery. You may have one near you, but I encourage you to explore Kentucky and visit a gallery in a town other than where you live. What are the artists there doing? What exhibits are those galleries hosting? I know they’ll be happy to greet visitors!

Woman at a spinning wheel.When you do your gallery visit, show us you participated by snapping a photo and posting it on your social media platforms with the hashtags #kyarts and #kysummer. Your photo may pop up on our site to show off the great galleries across our state. Be creative.

If you’re a gallery manager and you want visitors, making yourself a part of this campaign is a fun and fantastic opportunity to share what you are doing. Use social media, word-of-mouth, radio, television and newspapers to let folks know you’re participating in the Department of Tourism’s 99 Days of Summer on June 21.

There’s a lot that Kentucky has to offer this summer, and I hope you’ll check out the other great activities and events that are part of the 99 Days of Summer.

And if you are looking for enriching summertime activities for your kids, there are several arts groups in Kentucky communities that still have openings in their summer programs. Check out our handy directory of summer camps from our Kentucky Arts Partner organizations.

Lydia Bailey Brown
Lydia Bailey Brown
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Derby Blanket exhibit featured work by
Kentucky School for the Blind

Twenty-eight schools from across the state had art on display at the Governor’s Derby Celebration, May 6 on the lawn of the Old State Capitol.

Owsley Farmers Market Debuts Kentucky Arts Council Initiative, ‘Homegrown Handmade’
Owsley County Farmers Market will debut “Homegrown Handmade” as part of its 2017 grand opening June 3 in Booneville.

Kentucky Arts Council Honors Kentucky Crafted: The Market Exhibitors with Awards, Recognizes Purchase Award Sponsors
Exhibitors at last month’s Kentucky Crafted: The Market received awards in categories ranging from booth design to customer service.


June 30 – Application deadline
Specialists With Arts Tactics

Aug. 15 – Application deadline
Architectural Artists Directory

Aug. 15 – Application deadline
Kentucky Crafted

Sept. 11 – Application deadline

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

July 4 – Independence Day


Artisan Center Features History Sculpted in Sand, Kentucky’s New Poet Laureate, Handmade Books and Authors in June
During the month of June the Kentucky Artisan Center will present “The Sands of Time” a 10-ton sand sculpture by Damon Farmer; a reading by Kentucky’s new Poet Laureate Frederick Smock, demonstrating artists creating handmade artist books, and authors Crystal Wilkinson and Terry Foody signing copies of their books.

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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