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Kentucky Arts Council

Aug. 24, 2020

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

As we near the end of summer, the Kentucky Arts Council has created new programming to accommodate virtual experiences and learning opportunities for Kentuckians.

In lieu of holding an in-person Kentucky Creative Industry Summit this year, the arts council is hosting a virtual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit Series. The series of free webinars will cover a wide variety of topics and occur throughout the coming months. The first webinar will be 10 a.m. Aug. 25 and will be a Town Hall Meeting geared toward nonprofit arts organizations and featuring representatives from the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts and our own staff. This is an evolving series, and we will let you know how to register for upcoming webinars and future events via email and social media. Subscribe to our email list and don't miss out! We hope you’ll take advantage of these opportunities to learn and network with others in Kentucky’s arts community, while remaining safely apart.

The next in the series will be a virtual workshop featuring one of the artist-collaborators of downtown Lexington's "I Was Here" project. This free webinar, which we are presenting in partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society, will be 11 a.m. Sept. 3. Based on archival records, the enslavement of Africans touched almost every corner of the United States. "I Was Here" synthesizes a wealth of humanities and historical scholarship into a set of iconic Ancestor Spirit Portraits that create a visual history bringing the past into view. The online workshop will feature a panel conversation about the work, the confluence of history and art, and its usefulness as a community tool to bring Americans together to examine and learn from the past, to build a future that is inclusive and equitable for all. Registration is now open for this free event.

The deadline for Kentucky Poet Laureate nominations is Oct. 1. If you know a literary artist who writes in one of the recognized literary forms (poetry, fiction, biography, creative nonfiction, playwriting, etc.), nominate them by printing and filling out the nomination form on our website. You can also learn more about the Kentucky Poet Laureate program there. Remember, the deadline to nominate is Oct. 1.

Speaking of poetry, our current Kentucky Poet Laureate, Jeff Worley, is involved in a project called “Poetry Unites Kentucky.” That project is a 30-minute documentary produced by filmmaker Ewa Zadrzynska, who has completed similar projects in Kansas and New York. Kentucky will be the third state she has profiled for her documentary series “Poetry Unites America.” Ewa and Jeff are seeking six essays from Kentuckians about their favorite poems. Essays can be submitted by people of all ages, and the deadline is Sept. 15. To learn more about “Poetry Unites Kentucky,” visit the film’s Facebook page.

The National Assembly of States Arts Agencies, of which the Kentucky Arts Council is a member, has published an inclusive language guide. This guide can be used by arts organizations and individual artists to set an example and be standard bearers in their respective communities. We will certainly weave it into our own communications here at the arts council.

As always, we encourage you to remain safe and healthy.

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


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