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Kentucky Arts Council

Jan. 8, 2019

The Kentucky Crafted Market

The Kentucky Crafted Market

The Kentucky Veteran Project Exhibit

The Kentucky Veteran
Project Exhibit

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Happy new year! We hope you are embracing it with enthusiasm. Here at the Kentucky Arts Council, we’re ready to tackle the new year, and the first few months of 2019 promise to be busy and exciting ones for us.

First things first though. Did you know the Kentucky Arts Council now has a monthly podcast? We launched KyArtsCast Dec. 24 with our first episode, and if you’ve not heard it yet, head over to to download or stream it.

There’s still time, also, to apply for the In These Mountains: Central Appalachian Folk Arts & Culture – 2019 Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowships opportunity presented by South Arts. These grants are available to folk and traditional artists within Appalachian Regional Commission counties. The 2019 Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowship will provide $9,000 awards (with limited restrictions) to individual folk and traditional artists to support their continued training, research and/or learning opportunities. Three fellowships will be awarded to traditional master artists from each state (eligible counties in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee) for a total of nine awards. This is an amazing opportunity for Kentucky’s folk and traditional artists to demonstrate why we are at the forefront of cultivating our living traditions. For more information, click the link above, but you’d better move fast. The deadline is Jan. 15.

Feb. 22 is Arts Day in Kentucky, a day we invite our Kentucky Arts Partnership groups, artists and friends of the arts to Frankfort to thank our state legislators for their continued support of the arts in Kentucky. We’ll have visual and performing artists there, demonstrating their respective disciplines, as well as the usual fun and fellowship of bringing arts leaders from across the state to Frankfort to celebrate creativity in Kentucky. Join us Feb. 22 at the Capitol in Frankfort for Arts Day in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Crafted Market is March 15-17, but it will be here before you know it! Make plans now to join us in Lexington at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena for the best in Kentucky art and craft. The Market will, once again, feature nearly 200 Kentucky Crafted artists, Kentucky Proud food vendors and the fantastic sounds of Kentucky musical acts from the Kentucky Stage. There’s always something unique at The Market, and we know you’ll find a piece of art that speaks to you among our many fine exhibitors.

I’d like to close out this message noting a pair of losses in Kentucky's arts community. Our hearts go out to our friends in Knott County over the death of luthier Mike Slone on Jan. 2. Mike, along with master luthier Doug Naselroad, was a co-recipient of the 2016 Governor’s Award in the Arts Folk Heritage Award, a Kentucky Arts Council Community Scholar and, indeed, a friend of the arts in Kentucky. His spirit lives on in the strings, wood and resonating notes of every instrument he created.

We are also mourning the passing of Kentucky Crafted artist Mick Shambro on Jan. 1. In addition to his original wood portraits, Mick and his wife Debbie owned and operated Honnah-Lee Bubble Tea in Lexington. Mick exhibited at The Kentucky Crafted Market as an artist, and was a frequent participant as a Kentucky Proud food vendor with Honnah-Lee in recent years. Our hearts go out to his friends and family as well.


Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Interim Executive Director


Kentucky Veteran Project Exhibit Starts Yearlong Tour Dec. 11 in Franklin
The Kentucky Veteran Project, an art exhibit sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council, will begin its yearlong tour of Kentucky beginning Dec. 11 at Gallery on the Square in Franklin.


Feb. 15 - Application deadline
Kentucky Arts Partnership

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday


Innovators: Stephen Rolfe Powell and Arturo Alonzo Sandoval
A Kentucky Artisan Center exhibit recognizes two internationally known Kentucky artists who have been innovators in their respective fields. Both Stephen Rolfe Powell and Arturo Alonzo Sandoval have expanded boundaries by utilizing unusual materials and pushing their mediums into new and exciting formats. This exhibit will be on display at the Kentucky Artisan Center through Feb. 28.



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