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Kentucky Arts Council

Aug. 17, 2017

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Lydia Bailey Brown Dear Arts Lovers:

On Aug. 21, Mother Nature will put western Kentucky at the front row of a spectacular show seen rarely in a lifetime, a total solar eclipse. The path of totality in which the Earth’s moon will temporarily block out the sun will cut a diagonal path across North America from Salem, Ore. to Charleston, S.C. As the moon completely covers the sun, skywatchers along this path will be treated to the rare sight of the sun's tenuous atmosphere, the corona. It will truly be a sight to behold!

Solar eclipseKentuckians, and indeed visitors from out of state, will flock to Hopkinsville, which is the epicenter for eclipse watching in Kentucky. Will you be among them? Do you plan on expressing this event artistically, either photographing it, interpreting it through paint or other 2D mediums or even through 3D work like sculpture? If so, we’d love for you to share images of your work with us! Post your creations on your social media or share on our Facebook page using the hashtag #kyarts and #kyeclipse so that other can see how the eclipse has inspired you.

If you’re going to be in Hopkinsville for the big event, grab your eclipse glasses and visit our booths at the Summer Salute Festival at the intersection of 9th Street and Bethel Street, Aug. 18-20, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST daily. The Kentucky Arts Council has provided a sponsorship and informational signs to the festival and has some of Kentucky’s finest artists participating in the event. Jewelry makers Jessica Daman of Florence and Nora Swanson of Berea, woodworker Eugene King of Stanton and ceramicist Amanda Pawley of Russellville will represent the arts council while showing and selling their exquisite work.

Whether you’re an artist or not, I know that this rare astronomical treat will be inspiring for you, and I hope you take part in it!

Lydia Bailey Brown
Lydia Bailey Brown
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Arts Council Accepting Applications for Kentucky Crafted Program
The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Kentucky Crafted program through Sept. 14.

Kentucky Arts Council Recognized Al Smith Fellowship, Emerging Artist Award Recipients
Six Kentucky artists have been awarded $7,500 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council for exemplifying excellence in their respective creative disciplines.

Seven Masters Earn Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants
Seven Kentucky master artists have been awarded Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants from the Kentucky Arts Council.

Kentucky Arts Council Awards Funding to State Arts Organizations
The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded more than $1.2 million in operating support to 95 arts organizations across the Commonwealth for the 2018 fiscal year through its Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) program.


Sept. 13 – Application deadline

Sept. 14 – Application deadline
Kentucky Crafted

Sept. 15 – Application deadline
Architectural Artists Directory

Sept. 15 – Application deadline
Poetry Out Loud Program

Sept. 18 – Application deadline
Arts First Aid Program

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Sept. 4 – Labor Day


‘Knock on Wood’ - Center Features Wood Artists in August
During the month of August the Kentucky Artisan Center will present demonstrations by six Kentucky artisans who create baskets, turned vessels, creatures and characters and mystical houses from wood.

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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