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Kentucky Arts Council

June 10, 2019

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Summer is here and we hope you are looking forward to vacations with family and other activities that the season brings.

We’ll start this letter looking ahead to the end of July for something I know you’ll want to make plans for. The third annual Artists Thrive Summit will be in Berea July 30-Aug. 2. This is the third year it will be in Berea and we are excited to partner with the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the AIR Institute of Berea College to bring this important gathering to Berea once again. In addition to several informative workshops, the conference agenda includes a daylong learning journey to the eastern Kentucky community of Hyden, where participants will visit the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music and attend the Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival. Visit the Artists Thrive website for more information and to register.

If you haven’t yet visited our sister agency, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, to see the outstanding work on display during the International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art, I encourage you to do so. Artists selected hail from all over the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, China and Portugal. The exhibit is at the artisan center through July 31.

We’re proud to say that the National Basketry Organization is holding its biennial conference July 16-20 in Bowling Green, and in addition to several members-only workshops there are exhibits that are open to the public. On July 18, from 1-5 p.m., the conference will have its Visitor’s Day. This day is free, but requires registration at the conference site, where visitors will receive maps to the various exhibitions on the Western Kentucky University campus and other locations.

Also, active duty military personnel and their families can visit a selected number of museums for free this summer as part of the Blue Star Museums initiative, an annual collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the U.S. Department of Defense and museums across the nation. Visit this site and select a state from the dropdown menu to see a list of participating museums in that state.

Kentucky is proud to be represented by 12 Blue Star Museums, and we hope you’ll make plans to visit them during your travels.

Looking ahead, Kentucky artists interested in applying for the adjudicated Kentucky Crafted program will be able to do so beginning later this month. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook and Twitter feeds for an announcement that it has open. In the meantime, you can familiarize yourself with the program guidelines by visiting our website. The more you know about the program and what is expected of applicants, the easier the application process will be.


Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Arts Council TranspARTation Grant Helps Schools with Arts Field Trips
The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for its popular TranspARTation grant through Aug. 30.


July 30-Aug. 2
Artists Thrive Summit


June 15 – Application deadline
Kentucky Peer Advisory Network

Aug. 15 – Application deadline
Kentucky Crafted Program

Aug. 30 – Application deadline
TranspARTation grant

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

July 4 – Independence Day


Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail now open for second year
For the second straight year, guests can sample some tasty regional fare at nine Kentucky State Parks on the 2019 Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail.

International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art
International artists working in the medium of scratchboard come together at the Kentucky Artisan Center to exhibit exceptional works of art. Works by 51 members of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists, including artists at the Masters level, will be on display May 17-July 31 at the center. Artists selected hail from all over the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, China and Portugal.

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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