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Kentucky Arts Council

Sept. 24, 2020

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Kentucky Creative Industry Summit Series - I Was Here

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

We hope you’ve been enjoying our Kentucky Creative Industry Summit Series. So far, we’ve put you in contact with folks at the National Endowment for the Arts, the regional arts agency South Arts (of which the Kentucky Arts Council is a member) and we’ve introduced you to an amazing public art initiative in Lexington called “I Was Here.” In the coming months, we’ll offer more opportunities for learning, networking and virtual fellowship among the Commonwealth’s arts community, so keep an eye on our Facebook page and on your email inbox for invitations to this series. If you have not yet signed up to receive our emails, you can do that easily on the Kentucky Arts Council website.

The deadline to nominate your favorite Kentucky writer for Kentucky Poet Laureate is Oct. 1, but there’s still time to put together a nomination package. The poet laureate is appointed by the Governor to a two-year term, and is expected to travel the state promoting the literary arts at meetings, seminars and conferences.

Our current Kentucky Poet Laureate, Jeff Worley, is encouraging all Kentuckians to participate in an exciting project. He’s asking Kentuckians to submit 600-word essays on their favorite poem, to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming documentary “Poetry Unites Kentucky,” part of an ongoing documentary series called “Poetry Unites America,” created and produced by Ewa Zadrzynska. Jeff and other notable Kentucky writers will be part of the essay judging panel. To submit an essay, email and for more information on the competition and the documentary, visit the Poetry Unites Kentucky Facebook page. The deadline for submission is Oct. 1.

We also want you to know about the fourth annual Artists Thrive Summit,
Sept. 29-Oct. 1 online. For the first three years, this spectacular gathering was held in Berea, and if you've been, you know what a great opportunity it is to connect with other artists. The summit is sponsored by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, which has been a valuable partner for the Kentucky Arts Council for the past four years.

We wish you a happy opening to your fall season and that you are continuing to be safe and #HealthyAtHome or #HealthyAtWork.

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


3 venues added to Kentucky Arts Council TranspARTation Directory
Lisa Cope is a big believer in the Kentucky Arts Council’s popular TranspARTation Grant because it removes the cost of transportation as an obstacle to schools taking field trips to Kentucky arts venues, like museums, theaters and concert halls.

Kentucky Arts Council board to meet Sept. 25 via teleconference
The Kentucky Arts Council third quarter board meeting will be 10 a.m.-noon EDT, Sept. 25. The meeting will be conducted via teleconference.

95 arts organizations receive Kentucky Arts Council funding
The Kentucky Arts Council, an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, has awarded more than $1.1 million in operating support to 95 arts organizations across the commonwealth for the 2021 fiscal year through its Kentucky Arts Partnership (KAP) program.

Schools can register for 2021 Poetry Out Loud competition
The Kentucky Arts Council has opened registration for the 2021 season of Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation competition sponsored by the arts council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Kentucky Arts Council Awards Al Smith Fellowships,
Emerging Artist Award

Choreographer Theresa Bautista of Louisville and composer Raleigh Dailey of Lexington were each awarded the Kentucky Arts Council’s prestigious Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship.


Sept. 25
Kentucky Arts Council quarterly board meeting

Sept. 29-Oct. 1
Artists Thrive Summit (via teleconference)


Oct. 1 - Nomination deadline
Kentucky Poet Laureate nominations

Oct. 2 - Deadline for schools to apply
Poetry Out Loud 2021

Oct. 21 - Application deadline
Teaching Art Together

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Nov. 3 – Presidential Election Day




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Arts E-News is a publication of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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