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Kentucky Arts Council

Dec. 21, 2020

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Give the Gift of Kentucky
this holiday season

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Happy holidays! We hope you are able to be festive and do so in a way that is safe and healthy for you and your family. We also hope you are making Kentucky art and craft a part of your holiday gift giving. During this pandemic, it’s so important to remember that visual, craft and performing artists and arts organizations are enduring the same adverse economic effects as other small businesses. They always need our support, but they do now more than ever.

If you still have shopping to do and want to support these artists and organizations, visit our Give a Gift Made in Kentucky page of the Kentucky Arts Council website. There you will find links to participating visual and performing artists who have work for sale, lists of holiday events you can support, as well as links to our Kentucky Crafted Retailers and our friends at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Shop local and make Kentucky creativity part of your holiday tradition.

Our partners at South Arts are still accepting applications for the 2021 Southern Prize. One visual artist from each South Arts member state will be selected for a $5,000 State Fellowship and will be in consideration for a $25,000 or $10,000 Southern Prize. The $25,000 and $10,000 Southern Prizes also include two-week residencies at the Hambridge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. In the history of this prestigious program, Kentucky has always been well-represented among the applicants, and our participation grows each year. Now is a good time, while most of us are at home, to take a look at the program guidelines, put together work samples and apply! The deadline is Jan. 11.

I want to close this message to you by bidding our friend and coworker Sandie Lawrence a very happy retirement. Sandie spent the entirety of her 25-year career in state government at one agency – the Kentucky Arts Council. That’s a rarity in government service. She was our communications and technology branch manager, and was instrumental in bringing the arts council into the digital age, from administering email accounts for staff members to putting grants application systems online to maintaining the health and functionality of all our office technology, Sandie guided the arts council through the nascent stages of having an online presence and helped us in our mastery of it. To say we’ll miss her would be an understatement. We wish you well in retirement, Sandie!

From the Kentucky Arts Council staff, please have a very safe, healthy and happy holiday season!

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Dec. 24-25 – Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Dec. 31-Jan. 1 – New Year's Eve and New Year's Day


Visions of the Rural South: The Photographs of Doris Ulmann
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea's exhibit, Visions of the Rural South, showcases the photographs and history of the pioneering female photographer Doris Ulmann, who recorded some of the most famous faces of the 1920s and '30s in her hometown of New York City. However, she discovered her most personally satisfying work far away from her Park Avenue portrait studio – in rural America.




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