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Kentucky Arts Council

July 15, 2019

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

It’s July and the third annual Artists Thrive Summit is less than a month away. Have you registered yet? We’re proud to be one of the sponsors of this event, along with presenting sponsor the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the AIR Institute of Berea College. This is the third and final year the summit will be in Berea, so don’t miss out on four amazing days of collaboration and fellowship, in addition to a daylong learning journey to Hyden and the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, as well as the Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival. This annual summit is all about promoting a thriving arts sector as a key component in community development.

If you live in Kentucky, you can register at the special rate of $25 for the entire summit. That’s 75 percent off the regular rate. To get the discount, use the promo code KYART when you register. We hope to see you in Berea.

While you’re in Berea, visit the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and see the exhibit “Pass It On,” which highlights work by instructors in the 2019 Berea Festival of Learnshops. That exhibit is open through Oct. 20.

The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit The Makings of a Master is currently on display at SKyPAC in Bowling Green. We’ve added a few new artifacts to this important exhibit that highlights the work of Kentucky’s tradition bearers as well as the relationship between masters and the apprentices they pass on their wisdom to. Among the new parts of the exhibit are a pair of willow chairs made by master artist George Beard and his apprentice Justin Roberts, both of Murray. There is also a white oak basket made by National Heritage Fellow Leona Waddell of Cecilia, instruments made by master luthier and Governor’s Award in the Arts recipient Doug Naselroad and his apprentices and a full-size skiff made by the late Raymond Hicks. The Makings of a Master is on display through Aug. 31 at SKyPAC.

There are a couple of other things I want to mention pertaining to some good news from our sister agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. The Kentucky Center will open Old Forester Paristown Hall later this month. The 2,000-person standing room venue was built in Louisville’s Paristown Pointe neighborhood and Kentucky Center leaders hope to turn the area into an art and culture district. We’re happy to hear about another great venue for the performing arts in our state.

I’d also like to draw attention to the Governor’s School for the Arts, which recently concluded it's 2019 session. The Governor’s School is run under the umbrella of the Kentucky Center, and for the first time in its history, the three-week, annual intensive residential program for high school visual and performing artists was held on the University of Kentucky campus. Kudos are in order for Governor’s School for the Arts director Nick Covault and UK College of Fine Arts dean Mark Shanda, whose admiration for the program helped UK secure the Governor’s School for the Arts for the next four years.

Enjoy your summer!


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


Aug. 15 – Application deadline
Kentucky Crafted Program

Aug. 30 – Application deadline
TranspARTation grant

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Sept. 2 – Labor Day


Creativity Abounds - Learnshops at the Kentucky Artisan Center
The Kentucky Artisan Center expands their creative offerings in July to include 29 workshops as part of Berea’s citywide Festival of Learnshops July 12-30.

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 through July 31 at the center. Artists selected hail from all over the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, China and Portugal.



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