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Kentucky Arts Council

Nov. 7, 2017

Graham Shelby

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The Illustrated Word Exhibit

The Illustrated Word Exhibit

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Ways of Seeing Exhibit

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

It looks like summer has finally surrendered to fall, and we at the Kentucky Arts Council hope that the beauty of the season inspires and motivates you to creativity, or to at least get out and enjoy the majesty that autumn in Kentucky offers.

As you know, there have been some changes at the arts council, and I want to let you know that we are excited to move forward in a very positive way. Between the support we’ve received from our leadership at the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet to the diligent work done every day by the arts council staff, we are poised to move toward the end of the year with great success.

Beginning this month, arts council staff members will be on the move around Kentucky, hosting workshops and informational sessions about applying for several arts council programs, grants and directories. The first will be Nov. 8 at the Boone County Public Library main branch in Burlington.

Staff members will have breakout sessions to discuss applying for the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, Emerging Artists Award, Performing Artists Directory, Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship, Teaching Artists Directory and our various arts education grants. Please see our press release about these workshops for information on the other dates and locations.

I invite you to save the date – Dec. 5 – for the fourth annual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit in Morehead. Among the topics we’ll be discussing are the arts council’s partnership with National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission on the NEA’s Creative Forces initiative. Creative Forces serves the unique and special needs of military patients and veterans who have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions, like post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as their families and caregivers.

Summit attendees will also hear an update on the USDA grant pilot project we’ve been working on in Ohio and Owsley counties, integrating artists into local farmers markets in those communities. There will be learning tracks for artists, arts educators and community development advocates, with a variety of workshops and panel discussions planned for those respective interests. We hope you will join us on Dec. 5 in Morehead.

As the arts council moves forward, I encourage you to contact me with any questions you have about our mission and programs. We are your state arts agency, and want to be the first and best resource for you to find out about programs that support the arts in our Kentucky communities.

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Interim Executive Director

The Kentucky Arts Council is looking for qualified applicants for the Public Art and Design Director position. Learn more about this important position with the arts council by visiting our web page to view the complete job description and find out how to apply.


Kentucky Arts Council Schedules Informational Workshops
Kentucky Arts Council staff will offer informational workshops throughout the state during November for artists, teachers, community members and other arts stakeholders interested in learning how to apply for grants, get involved with programs and otherwise work in partnership with the state arts agency.

12 Kentucky Schools Awarded Arts Council TranspARTation Grants
The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded 19 grants to 12 Kentucky schools to fund student transportation to and from arts-related field trips for students through the popular TranspARTation Grant.

Master Storytellers Will Share Haint Tales at Makings of a
Master Exhibit in Owingsville

Kentucky storytellers Octavia Sexton and Mitch Barrett will help usher in the spirit of Halloween Oct. 30, sharing traditional Kentucky haint tales, or ghost stories, at the Bath County Memorial Library.


Dec. 15 – Application deadline
Specialists With Arts Tactics

Dec. 15 – Application deadline
Kentucky Peer Advisory Network

Jan. 16 – Application deadline
Arts Access Assistance

Jan. 16 – Application deadline
Kentucky Arts Partnership

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Nov. 10 – Veterans Day

Nov. 23-24 –Thanksgiving


Call for Entries for ‘Reveal’ Exhibit at
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Kentucky artists who work in large two-dimensional formats are invited to submit entries for the exhibit program Reveal at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

‘Get Ready, Get Set: Multiples in Clay’ New Exhibit at
Kentucky Artisan Center

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea has a new exhibit featuring 29 Kentucky ceramic artists. The exhibit, “Get Ready, Get Set: Multiples in Clay” showcases the creativity expressed when creating in a series. Both functional and sculptural works are included and the exhibit introduces nine new ceramic artists to the Center.



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