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Kentucky Arts Council

Jan. 24, 2020

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Happy new year from the Kentucky Arts Council! We hope you had a fantastic holiday season! We’re excited to get 2020 started, and we’re hitting the ground running.

By now, you may have heard of the traveling exhibit Native Reflections, which we are currently taking applications for. This exhibit is open to Kentucky artists who are federally recognized, state recognized and unrecognized Native Americans, 18 or older. This exhibit represents a collaboration between the arts council, the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission and the Kentucky Heritage Council. If you are an artist who meets any of those criteria, we encourage you to apply. If you know an artist who does, please share information about the exhibit with them. The exhibit will make its debut at The Kentucky Crafted Market, March 14-15 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena and then will travel around the state. It will conclude with a showing in November, Native American Heritage Month, at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort.

Speaking of The Market, make plans now to attend. As I said, it’s March 14-15 and we’re back at the Kentucky Horse Park. Alltech Arena will be packed with more than 130 of the finest visual and craft artists and Kentucky Proud food vendors, as well as some of the top musical talent around performing live on the Kentucky Stage. Tickets are $8 at the door or $7 if you purchase them online. Children 15 and under are free with paid adult admission.

Also, mark your calendars for Feb. 21 and save the date for Arts Day in Kentucky! It’s a day to celebrate the arts in the Commonwealth and to thank the Kentucky General Assembly for its continued support of the arts. We’ll have selected artists demonstrating their work as well as live music to add to the fellowship. In the coming weeks we’ll have more details about this special day, so keep your eye on

You may have read a story in the New York Times or Forbes about Culture of Recovery, a unique initiative in Hindman that pairs arts activities with a traditional addiction recovery program and the Knott County drug court. We have supported this project and we’re proud that this program is getting national attention, bringing a positive spotlight on good work being done in Appalachia.

The Kentucky Tourism Department, one of our sister agencies in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, recently unveiled its 2020 Official Visitor’s Guide, featuring Kentucky native and Nashville recording artist J.D. Shelburne on the cover. The unveiling took place in the Capitol Rotunda and kicked off Kentucky’s Year of Music. We encourage all Kentucky musicians, whether they are in our programs or not, to help celebrate this Year of Music in their own way.

I’d like to close out this letter by honoring the memory of Bob Stewart, former Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet secretary, who died last month. Bob was a friend of the arts through and through. “I’m a firm believer that your brain, your intellectual capabilities don’t even fully develop unless you’re exposed to the arts,” he told ACE Weekly in 2013. “I know there are people who reject that notion; I absolutely embrace it.”

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.


Feb. 21
Arts Day in Kentucky - Frankfort
Save the date! More information coming soon!

March 14-15
The Kentucky Crafted Market


Feb. 17 – Application deadline
Performing Artists Directory

March 20 – Application deadline
Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship

March 20 – Application deadline
Emerging Artist Award

April 15 – Application deadline
Teaching Artist Directory

April 15 – Application deadline
TranpARTation Directory


Kentucky Artisan Center Opens Annual Exciting ‘Reveal’ Exhibit
The Kentucky Artisan Center announces the fifth Reveal exhibit, showcasing large format paintings by Bob Leo Jones, of Louisville. This exhibit will run Jan. 19 through April 30 in the Center’s lobby.

Call for Entries ‘Women of Influence’ Exhibit
Kentucky artists are invited to submit works for consideration in the exhibit “Women of Influence: Celebrating the Year of the Woman” to be held at the Kentucky Artisan Center, June 14–Oct. 31.







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