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Kentucky Arts Council

May 1, 2018

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Governor's Derby Exhibit

Governor’s Derby Exhibit
May 1 - June 4
Capitol Rotunda

The Illustrated Word Exhibit

The Illustrated Word Exhibit

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

It’s May and the spring seems to have caught up to us in Kentucky. There’s plenty to talk about that’s happening this month, but I’d like to reflect first on some notable things from April.

Kentucky Writers’ Day was April 24, and we were grateful to Spalding University in Louisville for hosting the event. But in the week leading up to Writers’ Day, three communities held their own Writers’ Day celebrations independent of our event. We’d like to thank Paul Sawyier Library in Frankfort, The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington and Calloway County Public Library for making Writers’ Day a weeklong tribute to Kentucky’s literary legacy.

And a tip of the hat to Kentucky Humanities (formerly the Kentucky Humanities Council) for hosting a Writers’ Day event on April 24 in Guthrie, the hometown of Robert Penn Warren, the first United States Poet Laureate.

We also shined on the national stage, thanks to Elizabethtown High School senior Kiara Jones. Kiara, who won the Kentucky Poetry Out Loud state championship in March, competed in the national semifinals and was one of nine competitors from the 50 states and three United States territories who advanced to the finals in the poetry recitation competition. She became the first Kentucky student to advance to the finals since 2011, and we know the Commonwealth is proud of her achievement.

Mink Run Reflections, by Ed Lawrence In May we’re gearing up for the Kentucky Derby, and it’s a very exciting time for Kentucky artists. Today the Governor’s Derby Exhibit, “Reflections of the Commonwealth,” opens in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort and will be on display through June 4. On Derby Day – May 5 – several Kentucky Crafted artists will show and sell their work under the tent on the Old State Capitol Lawn as part of the Governor’s Derby Celebration. Come see those visual and craft artists and then have a seat at a picnic table covered in canvases decorated by Kentucky students from across the state.

Photo: The Lane Report, Lynn Dunbar Speaking of the Derby, we’re excited that one of our own Kentucky Crafted artists, Lynn Dunbar of Louisville, was selected by Churchill Downs to design the officially licensed Kentucky Derby and Oaks posters. Lynn will be selling and signing those at Churchill Downs on Oaks (May 4) and Derby (May 5) days, and at Louisville’s Brown Hotel on May 3.

May 6-12 is National Travel and Tourism Week and the Kentucky Arts Council and Kentucky Tourism are encouraging Kentucky travelers to make trips to art museums, galleries, performance venues and other cultural destinations part of their summer vacation plans. There are even destinations where you can make art yourself and take home a unique souvenir that you created.

As it has every year since 2010, Blue Star Museums will offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day. This initiative is a collaborative effort of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums across America. Thirteen venues across Kentucky participate in this valuable program, and we hope active duty military personnel who live in the Commonwealth will make a stop at one or more of these destinations. We hope everyone is looking forward to a fantastic summer!


Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Interim Executive Director


May 5
Governor's Derby Celebration


Arts Council Announces Booth Awards from
2018 Kentucky Crafted Market

The Kentucky Arts Council recognized three exhibitors for their outstanding booth presentations at The Kentucky Crafted Market.

KPAN Consultancies Help Artists, Arts Organizations with
Business, Strategic Planning; Application Deadline June 15

When the board of Lexington’s Robert H. Williams Cultural Center formed, they knew they wanted their century-old building, a former orphanage, to have a second life that built upon its first, service to children.

Kentucky Crafted Artists will be in the Spotlight at
Governor’s Derby Celebration

Sixteen Kentucky artists will exhibit and sell their work during the Governor’s Derby Celebration, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5, on the lawn of the Old State Capitol.

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.


June 15 - Application deadline
Kentucky Peer Advisory Network Consultancies

June 15 - Application period opening
Kentucky Crafted

June 30 - Application deadline
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HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

May 28 – Memorial Day


Show & Tell – 15 Years (2003-2018) Demonstrating Artists
Featured at Kentucky Artisan Center

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announces a new exhibit to celebrate the Center’s 15th Anniversary in 2018. This exhibit recognizes 39 artists from all across the state who over the years have shared their talents by giving demonstrations at the Center and bringing the creative process to life for visitors.



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