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Kentucky Arts Council

July 13, 2018

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

We hope you had an exciting Independence Day holiday and that you are enjoying the summer. Here at the Kentucky Arts Council, we are brimming with pride at an upcoming opportunity for Kentucky artists and arts stakeholders that is hotter than the recent weather reports!

The Kentucky Arts Council is proud to be a cosponsor, along with the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and AIR Institute of Berea College, of the Artists Thrive Summit, July 31-Aug. 3 in Berea. You can learn more about the summit agenda by clicking on the link, but trust me when I say you won’t want to miss this extraordinary learning opportunity. Come network with artists, community leaders, national and regional level arts advocates, elected officials and economic development representatives, all with the goal of making a thriving creative economy that is relevant and necessary for the growth of communities across the country.

We are thrilled to be a part of this! At last year’s Artists Thrive Summit, also in Berea, there were 24 funders whose philanthropy includes the arts, which made for a great networking opportunity for attendees. This year’s event will include a daylong learning journey, highlighting three arts communities in Kentucky. We’ll start off in Berea, and a bus will then take us into Appalachia where we’ll visit Harlan and Corbin. At each point we’ll learn about artists’ roles in the respective communities and get a little history of the Appalachian region they inhabit.

Registration for the summit is $100, but as a special for Kentucky residents, if you use the promo code KYART, you can register for the main summit for $25! We want as many Kentuckians as possible to experience this engaging summit, so if you’re coming, please invite a guest. We want artists and arts leaders, but we also want to see elected officials, tourism commission members and staff, economic development folks and others whose professional worlds overlap with artists in their communities. We hope to see you there!

I’d also like to remind you that you still have about a month to apply for the arts council’s adjudicated arts marketing program Kentucky Crafted. The deadline is Aug. 15. The program provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through marketing and promotional opportunities and arts business training. Adjudicated visual and craft artists are eligible to exhibit at The Kentucky Crafted Market and other events sponsored by the program. To see artists who are currently in the program, visit our online Kentucky Crafted directory.


Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Interim Executive Director


Artists Can Apply for Kentucky Crafted Program Through Aug. 15
The arts council is accepting applications for the Kentucky Crafted program from June 15 through Aug. 15. Applicants must be visual and craft artists who do original work in any medium, are full-time residents of Kentucky and are 18 years of age or older. They should also have a well-developed body of work and some marketing experience.

Artist Presentations Accompany ‘Makings of a Master’
Exhibit’s Visit to Boone County

The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling folk and traditional arts exhibit, “Makings of a Master,” will be in Boone County through Aug. 31.

Kentucky Arts Council Cosponsoring Second Annual
Artists Thrive Summit in Berea

The Kentucky Arts Council, along with the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the AIR Institute of Berea College, will present the second annual Artists Thrive Summit, July 31-Aug. 3, in Berea.

Four Americana Music Acts Added to Performing Artists Directory
JoAnna Oldfield and James Moore practiced together for about two years before starting to perform live in May 2016. That perseverance paid off for the Americana duo, known as JOANNA~JAMES, as they became one of four Americana music acts adjudicated into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory.


Aug. 2 - Application period opening
Poetry Out Loud

Aug. 15 - Application period opening
Teaching Art Together

Aug. 15 - Application period opening
Arts First Aid

Aug. 15 - Application deadline
Kentucky Crafted

Aug. 15 - Application deadline

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Sept. 3 – Labor Day


Crystal Anniversary - 15 Years - A Clear View of the Arts of Kentucky
July 2018 marks the Kentucky Artisan Center’s 15th year as Kentucky’s premier showcase for the arts. This Crystal Anniversary will be celebrated throughout the summer and fall and includes multiple gallery exhibits, hands-on workshops during the month of July in conjunction with Berea’s Festival of Learnshops, weekly artist demonstrations, readings, special programs and more!

Ray Papka: Juxtapositions Exhibit on Display at Kentucky Artisan Center
The Kentucky Artisan Center is showcasing the work of Versailles artist Ray Papka. This exhibit showcases 19 colorful and intriguing mixed media works that spring from a central idea into a juxtaposition of color, found materials, techniques and formats. Papka’s exhibit will run through Oct. 31.



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