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Kentucky Arts Council

March 19, 2021

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Kentucky Arts Council



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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

The staff of the Kentucky Arts Council is approaching the first anniversary of working exclusively from home, due to COVID-19. In that time, we’ve learned what we’re capable of when faced with the challenges of being physically separated from our coworkers and those we serve. Other than Zoom meetings, many of us have not seen each other in almost a year, and we do miss each other. We also miss you.

In this time, we’ve been able to continue our mission by adapting the way we do business. Grant and directory panels met via teleconference to discuss applications. We’ve moved many of our traditional events to a virtual setting, and taken advantage of the technology to offer more. The annual Kentucky Creative Industry Summit, which is customarily an in-person event that happens on a single day, transformed into the Kentucky Creative Industry Summit Series, which has to-date included 10 informative webinars on a variety of topics like marketing, presenting online events, advocacy and more. As you may know, our traditional Arts Day in Kentucky was recently reimagined as Arts Week in Kentucky, turning from a single morning and afternoon to a weeklong event, including educational opportunities and artist spotlights throughout the five-day celebration of the arts in Kentucky. We also invited Kentuckians to submit short video messages in support of the arts, the arts council and the Kentucky General Assembly. You can find video presentations from the Creative Industry Summit Series and Arts Week on our Facebook page.

Those are just two examples of how we’ve adapted in the past year, and we think some of the changes we’ve made will carry over into a post-pandemic world. This situation has transformed us, and we want to bring the best parts of that transformation with us into the future.

One of the earliest events affected by the pandemic was Kentucky Writers’ Day, which we celebrated virtually in 2020 for the first time. We will do so again this year on April 23. The event will mark the induction of the next Kentucky Poet Laureate, whom we will announce in the coming weeks. Kentucky Writers’ Day will feature readings by former poets laureate and remarks and readings by the incoming poet laureate. Also, throughout the month of April, we’ll feature on Facebook brief videos submitted by Kentucky writers reading excerpts from their own work in celebration of Kentucky’s tradition of literary excellence. Join us next month to celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day!

Finally, we want to congratulate Emma Robison of Allen County Scottsville High School for winning Kentucky's 2021 Poetry Out Loud state championship, held virtually on March 2. Emma now advances to the national finals, which will also be held virtually, in May. We wish Emma the best of luck in the national competition.

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


April 23
Kentucky Writers' Day


April 1 - Rolling deadlines
Teaching Art Apart

April 1 - Rolling deadlines
Teaching Art Together

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

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


Call to artists for the Team Kentucky Gallery
Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear invite Kentuckians to lend their artistic talents to a new Team Kentucky Gallery, which will be located in a main hall of the state Capitol in Frankfort. The submission deadline for artworks is May 15.




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