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Kentucky Arts Council

Feb. 7, 2019

Arts Day in Kentucky

Arts Day in Kentucky
Feb. 22, Frankfort

Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Poetry Out Loud State Finals
March 5, Frankfort

The Kentucky Crafted Market

The Kentucky Crafted Market

Kentucky Arts Council



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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

As we get into February here at the Kentucky Arts Council, Valentine’s Day is approaching, and there are few better ways to express your love, admiration or appreciation for someone than with a gift of handmade Kentucky art. You can’t go wrong with a gift that has its own story. Create your own love story with a piece of Kentucky-made art.

It’s also that time of year we carry a lot of momentum into because of exciting events coming down the pike. We know you’ll want to be a part of them.

On Feb. 22 we invite you to celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky. We set aside this day each year for the leaders of arts organizations all over the state to come to Frankfort to network with each other and to meet and thank our state legislators for their continued support of the arts in Kentucky. Gather with us on the Mezzanine at the State Capitol, along with a handful of Kentucky artists, who will be demonstrating their methods and are always happy to answer questions from visitors. For more information, see our press release or visit our Facebook event page.

High school students from across the state will converge on Frankfort March 5 at the Grand Theatre for Kentucky’s Poetry Out Loud State Finals. Fifteen school champions will compete for the title of state champion and the opportunity to advance to the national finals April 30-May 1 in Washington, D.C.

We can’t say enough about The Kentucky Crafted Market, March 15-17. We’re back in Lexington at a new venue – the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena! It’s our annual showcase of some of Kentucky’s best artists exhibiting their exquisite work. You’ll also hear great music from the Kentucky Stage and take in the scents and tastes of outstanding Kentucky Proud food vendors. There’s something for everyone at The Market.

Regionally, there is an educational opportunity coming up presented by South Arts. The Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit will be April 16-18 in Columbia, S.C., but the deadline to apply for scholarships to the summit is coming up fast – Feb. 28. This conference is ideal for arts organization leaders, elected officials, economic development professionals, and anyone who believes that art can drive a community's evolution. Check out summit details and learn more about the scholarships at the link above.

High school art teachers and parents should take note of an art contest sponsored by the offices of Gov. Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin. They are asking high school students across the Commonwealth to design a poster celebrating the Kentucky Derby. The three finalists will be invited to attend a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion where the winner will be announced. The winning artist will be awarded a $500 scholarship and invited to attend the Kentucky Derby Festival Luncheon and the Derby Eve Gala as a guest of the governor and first lady. The second-place artist will receive a $300 scholarship and the third-place a $200 scholarship. Each scholarship is funded by the #WeAreKY Inc. Foundation. For more information on the contest and to to enter, visit the contest website.

We hope you’ll subscribe to our monthly podcast, KyArtsCast. We’ve completed two episodes so far, and are excited about the future of this addition to our communications platform. In the latest episode you can learn more about Franklin County’s Hands Healing HeArts initiative, an arts-based program that aids in addiction recovery. You can listen to all episodes of KyArtsCast at, or subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or Spotify by searching for KyArtsCast.

See you next month at Poetry Out Loud and The Kentucky Crafted Market!


Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky Feb. 22 in Frankfort
The Kentucky Arts Council and arts organizations from across the state will celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22 on the Capitol Mezzanine, 700 Capital Ave. in Frankfort.

Kentucky Crafted Market is March 15-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park
The Kentucky Crafted Market, the Kentucky Arts Council’s showcase event featuring the best art and craft in the Commonwealth, will be back in Lexington, March 15-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.


Feb. 22
Arts Day in Kentucky

March 5
Poetry Out Loud State Finals

March 16-17
The Kentucky Crafted Market


Feb. 15 - Application deadline
Kentucky Arts Partnership

March 15 - Application deadline
Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship

March 15 - Application deadline
Emerging Artist Award

March 15 - Application deadline
Performing Artists Directory

April 9 - Application deadline
Teaching Artists Directory

April 16 - Application deadline
Teaching Art Together

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

April 19 – Good Friday (office closes at noon)


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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