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Kentucky Arts Council

April 4, 2018

Crystal Wilkinson

Crystal Wilkinson

Governor's Derby Exhibit Call

Governor’s Derby Exhibit
Call to Artists
Application Deadline: April 14

The Illustrated Word Exhibit

The Illustrated Word Exhibit

Kentucky Arts Council



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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Spring is here, on paper anyway, and your Kentucky Arts Council is looking ahead to a busy April full of celebrations.

April is National Poetry Month, and is the month we present Kentucky Writers’ Day. This year’s lead-up to Writers’ Day is going to be a statewide celebration. We’ll be celebrating on April 24 at Spalding University in Louisville. April 24 is the birthday of Kentucky writer Robert Penn Warren, the first United States Poet Laureate. That’s not all, though. In the week leading up to Writers’ Day, several arts council partner organizations and leaders in Kentucky’s literary community are hosting events in Murray, Lexington, Frankfort and Warren’s hometown Guthrie. You can learn more about the events leading up to Writers’ Day and the event itself by visiting the Kentucky Writers’ Day page on the arts council website.

If you’d like to plan your own Writers’ Day activity, you can start by using our Writers’ Day planning guide. Whatever you do on Kentucky Writers’ Day, document it on social media and be sure to use the hashtag #kywriters.

April also means the most exciting two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby, is just around the corner. As part of the Governor’s Derby Celebration, we are seeking artists to submit work for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit, which will be on display in the Capitol Rotunda May 1-June 4. This exhibit is open to any Kentucky artist 18 or older. This year’s theme is “Reflections of the Commonwealth,” and the deadline for applying is April 13. For exhibit details and an application, visit our website.

We are also seeking Derby Blanket submissions from Kentucky classrooms. Picnic tables on the Old State Capitol grounds will be fitted with horse heads and tails, and canvases, or “Derby blankets,” painted by students in Kentucky schools will be placed over the tabletops like a blanket over a horse. Any Kentucky school, public or private, can participate. Learn more about this fun project by contacting Jean St. John, arts education director, at or 502-892-3124.

On Derby Day, May 5, several Kentucky Crafted artists will sell their work during the Derby celebration on the Old State Capitol lawn in Frankfort. Come to the celebration, say hi, and pick up a unique Kentucky treasure made by our state’s finest visual and craft artists.

Kiara JonesToward the end of the month, Elizabethtown High School senior Kiara Jones, who won Kentucky’s Poetry Out Loud state championship last month in Frankfort, will represent the Commonwealth April 23-25 in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. We wish her the best of luck, and we know you do too! Let her hear your good wishes on social media, using the hashtag #POL18.


Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Interim Executive Director


April 24
Kentucky Writers' Day

May 5
Governor's Derby Celebration


Arts First Aid Grant to Help Strengthen Arts Curriculum in Kentucky Schools
Schools that want to improve the quality of their arts curriculum and classroom experiences can apply for a multifaceted arts education grant from the Kentucky Arts Council.

Arts Council Accepting Entries for Governor’s Derby Exhibit
The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting artists’ submissions for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit. The application deadline is April 13.

Calling All Schools: Arts Council Wants Your Creativity for
Derby Celebration

The Kentucky Arts Council invites Kentucky schools to be part of the fun and excitement of the Kentucky Derby by decorating canvases for the Governor’s Derby Celebration.

Elizabethtown High School Senior is
Poetry Out Loud State Champion

Elizabethtown High School senior Kiara Jones, 16, emerged as the leader of the pack among 16 competitors to win the Poetry Out Loud state championship March 13 at Frankfort’s Grand Theatre.

Lexington Writer is Arts Council’s Featured Artist for March, April
Crystal Wilkinson of Lexington has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council’s Featured Artist for March and April.


April 9 - Application deadline
Teaching Artists Directory

April 15 - June 30 - Application deadline
Specialists with Arts Tactics Program

April 15 - June 30 - Application deadline
Kentucky Peer Advisory Network

April 16 - Application deadline
Teaching Art Together

April 16 - Application deadline
Showcasing the Arts

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

May 28 – Memorial Day


It’s All Natural - April Demonstrations Celebrate Earth Day
In recognition of Earth Day, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will feature works made from natural materials during the month of April. Demonstrations will feature art made from cottonwood bark, beeswax, basswood and cornshucks. Artist demonstrations are held on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the center.

Realism Meets the Abstract: Kentucky Artisan Center
Opens Third "Reveal" Exhibit

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announces its third exhibit introducing two new artists in, “Reveal: David Stratton and Trent Altman.” This exhibit will continue through April 30 in the lobby of the center. Both artists work in large two-dimensional formats.



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