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Kentucky Arts Council

Jan. 14, 2021

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2020 Governor's Awards in the ARts

Governor's Awards in the Arts

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Happy new year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday and were able to celebrate in a safe, healthy and responsible way. Like many of you, we are looking forward to the opportunities that 2021 afford us, and hoping for promising days ahead.

Several weeks ago we announced the recipients of the 2020 Governor’s Awards in the Arts and recently we set a date for the virtual awards ceremony – 11 a.m. EST, Jan. 26, on the Kentucky Arts Council’s Facebook page, the Governor’s Awards in the Arts Facebook event page and the arts council’s YouTube channel. The ceremony will be a prerecorded video produced jointly by the Kentucky Arts Council and the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. The video will be posted at 11 a.m. that day and will be available to view at your leisure.

To learn more about the Governor’s Awards in the Arts recipients, visit our website. There you can find brief bios and insights into all nine awardees and some information on Hopkinsville folk artist Willie Rascoe, who created the 2020 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

In the coming weeks we will be posting updated nomination information for the 2021 Governor’s Awards in the Arts, so be thinking about an individual or organization you’d like to be considered for the state’s highest honors in the arts.

Since many schools are conducting virtual learning, we have created a new arts education program called Teaching Art Apart. This program creates a collection of virtual lessons created by members of the arts council’s Teaching Artists Directory. The library of lessons will be available to teachers across Kentucky, including those who are home-school instructors. We are in the process of building that library, and encourage our teaching artists to contact our arts education director, Samuel Lockridge, to find out how to get involved in helping us with this virtual library.

I also want to take this opportunity to tell you about another event being planned by arts council staff. Traditionally, the arts council celebrates Arts Day in Kentucky every February. This year, since gathering in the Capitol Rotunda is not feasible, we've expanded Arts Day with a virtual Arts Week in Kentucky, Feb. 22-26. The week will feature theme days covering topics like arts advocacy, education, folk and traditional arts and other areas of interest to individual artists and arts organization leaders. In conjunction with Arts Week, there will be opportunities for you to contribute your own messages in support of the arts.

So stay tuned and stay healthy and safe.

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Governor’s Awards in the Arts presentation set for Jan. 26
Kentucky’s most prestigious honors in the arts, the Governor’s Awards in the Arts, will be presented at 11 a.m. EST on Jan. 26 virtually.


Jan. 26
Governor's Awards in the Arts


Feb. 1, March 1, April 1 - Rolling deadlines
Teaching Art Apart

Feb. 1, March 1, April 1 - Rolling deadlines
Teaching Art Together

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day


'The Birds of Opulence' selected for 2021 Kentucky Reads
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Kentucky Humanities has selected Crystal Wilkinson’s The Birds of Opulence for its 2021 Kentucky Reads. The novel will be at the center of statewide conversations on the dynamics of family and community, the strength of women, and the stigmas surrounding mental illness.

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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