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Kentucky Arts Council

April 3, 2019

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Kentucky Writers' Day

Kentucky Writers' Day

Governor's Derby Exhibit

Governor's Derby Exhibit

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Greetings! We’re coming off of a busy March at the Kentucky Arts Council, and I couldn’t start this message without acknowledging the amazing response to The Kentucky Crafted Market. We moved the event back to Lexington this year, this time at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. The public and the exhibiting artists were overwhelmingly positive about this change of venue, and we thank our partners at the Kentucky Horse Park for helping make this a grand experience.

As you have likely already seen, Lexington writer Jeff Worley has been named Kentucky Poet Laureate by Gov. Matt Bevin. Jeff will be installed as the next poet laureate in a ceremony on Kentucky Writers’ Day, 10 a.m. April 24 at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives in Frankfort. Please join us for this public recognition of literary excellence in Kentucky. We’ll have remarks from Jeff about his upcoming tenure as poet laureate, as well as a reading from outgoing Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock.

We hope you’ll also tune in to the livestream of the Poetry Out Loud National Finals and cheer on Kentucky’s Poetry Out Loud state champion Mary Kate Godfrey of Elizabethtown High School! Mary Kate won the state title March 5 in Frankfort, advancing to the National Finals April 30-May 1 in Washington, D.C.

Derby is also just around the corner and we are still accepting work to be considered for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit. The deadline to submit is April 10. The exhibit will be on display in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort May 1-June 1. The exhibit is open to all Kentuckians ages 18 and older.


Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Makings of a Master Exhibit Travels to Hardin County
The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling folk and traditional arts exhibit, Makings of a Master, will be in Hardin County through April 30.

Gov. Bevin Appoints Lexington Writer as Kentucky Poet Laureate
Award-winning writer Jeff Worley of Lexington has been appointed 2019-2020 Kentucky Poet Laureate, Gov. Matt Bevin announced on March 27.

Arts Council Accepting Entries for Governor’s Derby Exhibit
The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting artists’ submissions for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit. The application deadline is April 10.


April 24
Kentucky Writers' Day

April 30-May 1
Poetry Out Loud National Finals

May 1-June 1
Governor's Derby Exhibit


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)


Realism, Abstraction, Fantasy and Fun Kentucky Artisan Center Opens ‘Reveal’ Exhibit
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announces the exhibit “Reveal,” showcasing the work of Sabra L. Crockett, Damon Farmer, Felipe Molina and Robbie Mueller. This exhibit will run March 16-June 16 in the Center’s lobby and foyer. All four artists work in large two-dimensional formats.



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