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Kentucky Arts Council

March 12, 2019

The Kentucky Crafted Market

The Kentucky Crafted Market
March 16-17, Lexington

Featured Artist Sarah McCartt-Jackson

Featured Artist

The Kentucky Veteran Project Exhibit

The Kentucky Veteran
Project Exhibit

Kentucky Arts Council



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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Mid-March is approaching, and The Kentucky Crafted Market is upon us! We’re excited to bring The Market to a new venue, the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, and we’re looking forward to seeing many familiar and new faces as we get underway.

Get the jump on your holiday shopping by viewing and purchasing artwork by the best visual and craft artists in Kentucky. Take a break from shopping to listen to musicians on the Kentucky Stage and sample great food products from the many Kentucky Proud food vendors on site.

You can also see Kentucky basketmakers at work in the Woven Treasures area, view the traveling exhibit The Kentucky Veteran Project, which is making a special stop at Alltech Arena, and enjoy fun opportunities to make art in the Hands-On Activities area.

The Market is open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 16 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Tickets are $8 at the door, and children 15 and under get in free with a paid adult admission.

Earlier this month, high school students from across the state came to Frankfort to compete in Kentucky’s Poetry Out Loud State Finals. Fourteen school champions took turns reciting poems on the stage of Frankfort’s Grand Theatre, but it was Elizabethtown High School senior Mary Kate Godfrey who emerged victorious. Mary Kate will go on to represent Kentucky at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals April 30-May 1 in Washington D.C. In addition to winning a $200 scholarship for herself, she won her school $500 to spend on books of poetry for its library. Congratulations, Mary Kate, and good luck at the National Finals!

Looking ahead to April, we hope you’ll join us for Kentucky Writers’ Day, April 24. This year’s celebration will be at the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives and will feature the installation of the Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2019 through 2020. We’ll have more details on that celebration, as well as an announcement of the next poet laureate in the coming weeks.


Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


13 Complete Kentucky Arts Council Community Scholars Training in Lexington
Karen Lanier is digital project manager for the International Museum of the Horse and its education initiative the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, a position she credits in part to her participation in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Community Scholars program.

Two in a Row for Elizabethtown High School in Poetry Out Loud State Championship
Elizabethtown High School senior Mary Kate Godfrey emerged as the state champion March 5 in Kentucky’s Poetry Out Loud State Finals at Frankfort’s Grand Theatre.

Many Opportunities for Fun at Kentucky Crafted Market’s Hands-On Activities Area
Create your own sculpture, get up close and personal with musical instruments, learn about the color wheel and be an amateur archaeologist. These are a few of the exciting opportunities available in The Kentucky Crafted Market’s Hands-On Activities area, March 16-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.

Kentucky Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant Gets Enhancement Thanks to South Arts’ In These Mountains Program
The Kentucky Arts Council will extend the reach of its Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant this year thanks to special funding from the regional arts organization South Arts.

13 Acts Highlight the Kentucky Stage at The Kentucky Crafted Market
Visitors to the Kentucky Arts Council’s two-day Kentucky Crafted Market will be treated to the sounds of 13 of the best and most diverse musical acts in Kentucky.

Al Smith Fellowship, Emerging Artist Award Seek Songwriter Applicants
The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications from songwriters for the latest round of the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship.

March 16-17
The Kentucky Crafted Market

April 24
Kentucky Writers' Day


March 15 - Application deadline
Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship

March 15 - Application deadline
Emerging Artist Award

March 15 - Application deadline
Performing Artists Directory

March 15 - Application deadline
Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship

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)


Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea March calendar
Check out events and exhibits at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea during March.



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