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Kentucky Arts Council

April 21, 2020

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

It’s a good time, while many of us are at home, to take a deep breath and have a moment that isn’t about face masks, social distancing, isolation and continual updates. Before you read any further in this newsletter, take this moment, right now, to think about what you’re grateful for and what brings you joy.

Kentucky Writers’ Day is coming! Join us on Facebook or YouTube April 24 for a virtual celebration of Kentucky’s heritage of literary excellence. The video presentation will upload at 10 a.m. EDT, but you can watch it at your own convenience anytime on either of those platforms. We’ll have readings from current Kentucky Poet Laureate Jeff Worley, and former poets laureate George Ella Lyon, Maureen Morehead, Sena Jeter Naslund and Richard Taylor. You don’t have to wait for Writers’ Day to get in on the celebration though. Check out the Kentucky Writers’ Day Facebook event page to see video of Kentucky writers reading from their own work. We’ll be posting video all month long, so if you are a Kentucky writer and would like to contribute, head over to the event page and post.

COVID-19 has affected us all. From the moment The Kentucky Crafted Market was canceled last month, we knew this was going to have a long-lasting impact on the arts in Kentucky, and nationwide. As I write this, I’m doing so from the health and safety of my home. Indeed, the entire Kentucky Arts Council staff has been working the past four weeks from their homes. We take very seriously Gov. Beshear’s encouragement to stay healthy at home.

When The Market was canceled, recognizing that this virus was a game changer, we began compiling resources for artists and arts organizations as well as for arts educators and parents. You can peruse those at your leisure. There are a few links we want to make sure you know about, so I’m including them here.

If you are a self-employed artist, we encourage you to apply for unemployment benefits, which you can learn more about at the Kentucky Career Center website.

Other helpful links we’d like you to know about include:

Additionally, Vallorie Henderson at the Kentucky Small Business Development Center is available to help all artists and creatives navigate the U.S. Small Business Administration programs directly. She serves the creative industry statewide, so no matter where you are in the state you can contact her — or 859-221-2122.

As for our programs at the Kentucky Arts Council, be assured that they are proceeding as planned. All program deadlines are still in effect. Applications can be transmitted electronically and grant and adjudicated program panels will meet via teleconference. If you received a grant for the 2020 fiscal year and are encountering problems carrying out the activities for which the grant was awarded, please contact the Kentucky Arts Council staff member who administers your grant program.

As Gov. Beshear has said every day in his 5 p.m. briefings, we will get through this. We will get through this together.

#kyarts       #TeamKentucky       #TogetherKy       #HealthyAtHome

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


April 24
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Kentucky Poet Laureate nominations

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Women of Influence exhibit update
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea's exhibit, “Women of Influence,” is open to Kentucky artists and will showcase works that reference, celebrate and are inspired by women of influence throughout history. This exhibit will join the many other efforts across the country to ensure that the stories of the women who changed history are shared and celebrated.


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