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Kentucky Arts Council

June 24, 2020

Featured Artist Maurice Manning

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Native Reflections exhibit

Native Reflections exhibit

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Writer Maurice Manning - Episode 19

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

As we’ve been navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve also been contemplating the role of the arts in battling systemic racism. On June 12, the Kentucky Arts Council put forth a statement on racial equity and inclusion. In addition, we are continuing conversations with artists of color to create a way forward, conversations that we started during the annual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit back in December 2019. The theme of that summit was “Race, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion” and we were fortunate to be joined by several presenters who helped us navigate the sometimes difficult terrain of those topics. The Summit was a new beginning for the arts council to shine a light on the importance of these issues in society as a whole and in the arts field in Kentucky.

As the state arts agency, we recognize that Kentucky’s arts community speaks with many voices and looks like the world in which we live. We stand with the Black Lives Matter activists and strive to learn from the dialogues surrounding racial injustice, which is systemic and has been sustained for many generations. We are currently planning programming that will create a common ground for learning and working together to address racial equality using the arts as a tool for creative progress.

In the interest of amplifying voices of the underrepresented, we are pleased to share with you good news about the traveling Native Reflections exhibit. After a three-month delay due to the pandemic, Native Reflections: Visual Art By American Indians of Kentucky will begin its tour of the Commonwealth beginning July 8 at Mt. Sterling’s Gateway Regional Arts Center. We will have more details on the exhibit tour schedule, but we encourage you to visit Mt. Sterling, while practicing social distancing guidelines, and see this fantastic exhibit for yourself.

On June 23, Gov. Andy Beshear issued Healthy at Work guidelines for the next phase of business reopenings, including music and performance halls. These guidelines go into effect June 29. This may not mean that all music and performance venues will open on or after June 29, so I encourage you to call your favorite venues or visit their website before going there to find out when they will open and what is required of patrons who attend performances.

We don’t know what life is going to be like on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we do know that artists and the wider arts community have the resilience and innovation to adapt to that new world, and we will make sure our work evolves to meet your needs.

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Aug. 17 - Application deadline
Kentucky Crafted

Oct. 1 - Nomination deadline
Kentucky Poet Laureate nominations

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

July 3 – Independence Day




South Arts

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a better South
through the arts.

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)


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