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Kentucky Arts Council

Dec. 21, 2017

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra

The Kentucky Crafted Market

The Kentucky Crafted Market
March 2-4, Louisville

The Illustrated Word Exhibit

The Illustrated Word Exhibit

Kentucky Arts Council



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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

There are plenty of events on our Holiday Arts Calendar that will put you in the spirit of the season and help you cross a few tasks off your holiday shopping list. Feel free to use our calendar as a road map for your season, as a jumping off point for your own hunt for the perfect holiday gift.

Looking ahead, we look forward to announcing the artists selected for the 2018 Kentucky Visions at the Capitol exhibit. This special showcase of art features artists who are in the Kentucky Crafted and Architectural Artists directories as well as Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship recipients. We hope you’ll take time out beginning Jan. 8 to visit the Capitol Annex in Frankfort to see the fantastic work submitted by this year’s Visions artists.

And we hope you’ll save these dates, March 2-4, for a visit to The Kentucky Crafted Market at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Along with The Market’s return to Louisville, we’re adding more hours to let the public experience The Market all weekend long. The Market, the arts council’s signature event with art, live music, literature and Kentucky Proud food, will be open to registered wholesale buyers, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., March 2, but will open to the public 5-8 p.m. Market public hours on Saturday and Sunday are 10 a.m.-7 p.m March 3 and 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. March 4.

Whatever your plans, we hope your holiday is a safe and joyous one, filled with creativity and wonder.

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Interim Executive Director


Arts Council Holding Webinars for Prospective
Al Smith Fellowship, Emerging Artist Award,
Performing Artists Directory Applicants

The Kentucky Arts Council will offer webinars to assist artists seeking to apply for the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, Emerging Artist Award or Performing Artists Directory.

Retired Army General to Discuss Art’s Role in
Military Healing at Kentucky Creative Industry Summit

Retired Brig. Gen. Nolen Bivens will present the plenary session at the Kentucky Arts Council’s fourth annual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit, Dec. 5 in Morehead.

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra is Arts Council’s
Featured Artist for November, December

Newport-based Kentucky Symphony Orchestra has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council’s Featured Artist for November and December.


Jan. 16 – Application deadline
Arts Access Assistance

Jan. 16 – Application deadline
Kentucky Arts Partnership

Feb. 15 – Application deadline
Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant

Feb. 15 - Application deadline
Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship

Feb. 15 - Application deadline
Emerging Artist Award

Feb. 15 - Application deadline
Performing Artists Directory

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Dec. 25-26 – Christmas Eve and Christmas

Dec. 29, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day


Student Nominations Sought for EcoArt Contest
It’s that time of year again! The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is soliciting nominations for the 2017–18 EcoArt Contest. The contest, which is in its ninth year, provides an opportunity for students to gain statewide recognition for their artwork as it relates to Kentucky’s environment. Deadline is Feb. 16.

‘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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Arts E-News is a publication of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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