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Kentucky Arts Council

Feb. 17, 2021

Featured Artist Shannon Woolley Allison

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2021 Arts Week in Kentucky

Arts Week in Kentucky,
Feb. 22-26

Kentucky Arts Council



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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate the first ever virtual presentation of the Governor's Awards in the Arts last month. The video presentation has garnered more than 6,000 views so far. If you haven't yet seen the presentation, you can do so on our Facebook page or on our YouTube channel. We would especially like to thank Gov. Andy Beshear and Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry for helping us celebrate that special day.

I want to extend to each of you an invitation to celebrate Arts Week in Kentucky, Feb. 22-26. The ability to expand our annual celebration of the arts in Kentucky from a single day to an entire week has been exciting for the entire staff as we plan for this special week! We have five days of informative presentations, performances and artist demonstrations to celebrate and honor Kentucky’s creativity. Check out our schedule of activities and register for FREE! You won’t want to miss Arts Week in Kentucky!

And after you’ve celebrated Arts Week, be with us again on March 2 for the Poetry Out Loud State Championship. We will conduct the state championship online and you can watch and root for the participants by joining us for a live stream on the Kentucky Arts Council’s Facebook page. As you follow along and want to post or tweet your support for your favorite school champion, be sure to use the hashtags #POL21, #KyArts and #TeamKentucky. Be sure to check out the Kentucky Arts Council Facebook page for updates on the 2021 Poetry Out Loud State Championship.

We’ve been following with much interest the developments of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG). The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. This includes live music and theatre venues which have been impacted by closure due to the pandemic and limitations on public gathering. If you are a venue operator whose programming has been impacted by the pandemic, you can learn more about the SVOG by visiting this FAQ page. Kentucky Small Business Development Center presented a webinar titled “Details About the SVOG” and the Kentucky Nonprofit Network has a webinar titled “How to Prepare to Apply for the SVOG.” Please visit any of the provided links to learn more about the grant, if it applies to your venue and how you can seek aid through the grant.

Americans for the Arts has been collecting survey data on the pandemic’s impact on the arts, and the organization needs your input. If you are an artist of any discipline, please complete the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists. This allows AFTA partners to gauge what is happening to the creative economy and how to provide relief and spur recovery. Arts organization leaders should complete the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Organizations, which helps AFTA track the human and financial impacts of the pandemic on arts organizations and understand the challenges of reopening. You can track this data with AFTA’s COVID-19 Research Update, published weekly.

Thank you for your support of the arts and the Kentucky Arts Council. We’ll see you next week for Arts Week in Kentucky!

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Feb. 22-26
Arts Week in Kentucky

March 2
Poetry Out Loud State Championship


March 1, April 1 - Rolling deadlines
Teaching Art Apart

March 1, April 1 - Rolling deadlines
Teaching Art Together

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

April 2 – Good Friday (Kentucky Arts Council office closes at noon)


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The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announces the sixth Reveal exhibit, showcasing large format two dimensional works by eleven Kentucky artists. The exhibit will continue through April 30 in the center’s lobby.

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by Kentucky Humanities

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.




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