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Kentucky Arts Council

Nov. 15, 2019

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Kentucky Creative Industry Summit

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South Arts Southern Prize

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Autumn has been busy here at the Kentucky Arts Council. Between packing for the upcoming move, getting ready for the Kentucky Creative Industry Summit and spending time on the road representing the arts council, we’re full of excitement for the last couple of months of 2019.

Have you registered yet for the Kentucky Creative Industry Summit? It’s Dec. 6 at the Clay Community Center in Mt. Sterling, and its central theme is “Race, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion.” Our stellar roster of presenters are going to lead discussions on the relevance of diversity in an ever-changing social climate, and talk about projects that promote and honor diversity in Kentucky communities. We’ll also have valuable workshops on marketing, pricing and finances, so make plans now to join us Dec. 6 in Mt. Sterling.

If you haven’t yet been to Frankfort to see the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources exhibit “ Kentucky Afield Illustrated: The Art of Rick Hill,” you are missing out on a Kentucky treasure. We were proud to partner with Fish and Wildlife, providing technical assistance necessary to get the exhibit up and running. You can see it now through Nov. 26 in the Capitol Rotunda during regular visitors hours, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

It’s still not too late to apply for the South Arts Southern Prize. One $5,000 State Fellowship will be awarded to each of the nine South Arts member state, including Kentucky, and those Fellows will compete for the $25,000 Southern Prize. This elite distinction includes the cash prize as well as a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. Kentucky has been well represented among the applicants for this award, and we hope to continue that tradition.

Before I close, I’d like to update you on our move. As of Nov. 18, we will officially be in the new Mayo Underwood Building. Our staff phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same, and can be found on our website. The physical mailing address will be:

Kentucky Arts Council
500 Mero St.
Fifth Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601

We hope each of you has a very happy Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!


Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Application Deadline for Kentucky Arts Council
Performing Artists Directory is Feb. 17

Kentucky performers in music, dance, theater and storytelling who are interested in applying for the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory can do so until Feb. 17.

Arts Council Accepting Applications from Organizations for
Kentucky Arts Partnership Grants

Kentucky nonprofit arts organizations that provide year-round arts programming may apply to the Kentucky Arts Council for Kentucky Arts Partnership grant funding by Jan. 15. Grants to qualified organizations will support operating costs for the period between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Sixth Annual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit Focuses on Diversity Topics
Diversity, equity and inclusion will be the central themes of the Kentucky Arts Council’s sixth annual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Dec. 6 at Clay Community Center in Mt. Sterling.

19 Kentucky Artists Added to Kentucky Crafted Program
Elizabethtown natural and organic soap maker Dorathy Lachman was one of 19 Kentucky artists who recently juried into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program, but it was not her first experience with the program.


Dec. 6
Kentucky Creative Industry Summit


Dec. 15 – Application deadline
Kentucky Peer Advisory Network

Jan. 15 – Application deadline
Kentucky Arts Partnership Grant

Feb. 17 – Application deadline
Performing Artists Directory

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Nov. 28-29 – Thanksgiving

Dec. 24-25 – Christmas

Dec. 31-Jan. 1 – New Year's Eve/Day


Exhibits at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Current and upcoming exhibits at our sister agency, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Kentucky Afield Illustrated Art Exhibition Opens Nov. 1
Experience Kentucky nature through the eyes of fish and wildlife artist Rick Hill during a special exhibition this November at the state Capitol rotunda in Frankfort.


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