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April 22, 2021

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Kentucky Writers’ Day is this week, Friday, April 23, and we’re excited to celebrate the induction of acclaimed and award-winning Lexington novelist Crystal Wilkinson as the Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2021-22. Once again, the program will be virtual on the Kentucky Arts Council Facebook page and YouTube channel. This is a historic day as Crystal is the first African-American woman to hold the position Kentucky Poet Laureate. You’ll hear remarks from her as well as readings from several former poets laureate who have joined in celebrating Kentucky Writers’ Day and in wishing Crystal success in her two-year tenure. So, join us at 10 a.m. Eastern, Friday, April 23 for Kentucky Writers’ Day. You can learn more about Kentucky Writers’ Day and about Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson on our website.

Continue your celebration of Kentucky Writers' Day later that evening with the Paul Sawyier Public Library’s virtual reading by Kentucky Poets Laureate, past and present. No registration necessary. Join this live virtual event at 6 p.m. on the library's Facebook page.

And we have more great news to share about Kentucky artists! Five of the commonwealth’s folk and traditional artists have been selected by South Arts as the 2021 Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellows. This program awards $12,000 to tradition-bearers from Central Appalachian counties to pursue lifelong learning through continued training or research. Join us in congratulating Kentucky’s recipients: Minnie Adkins of Elliott County (wood carving), Hasan Davis of Madison County (oral tradition), Scott Miller of Boyd County (traditional Appalachian fiddle music), Wayne Riley of Laurel County (foodways) and Robert Young (weaving) of Knott County.

The Poetry Out Loud national finals will be May 2, and we want to wish Kentucky’s state champion, Emma Robison of Allen County-Scottsville High School the best of luck as she competes along with 55 students representing each state and territory. Emma will be reciting during the midwest and south central region semifinals beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern. You can watch Emma during the one-time only livestream by visiting Nine students from the semifinal regional rounds – three from each region – will advance to the national finals on May 27, which will also be streamed one time only at

We’d also like to let you know about an exhibit that involves one of our sister agencies in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, as well as one of our Kentucky Arts Partnership grant recipients. Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz will display 20 pieces by Rick Hill, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources cover artist for the department’s Kentucky Afield magazine. The Kentucky Arts Council played a role back in 2019 in presenting Rick’s work in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, working with the Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources on best practices for how to exhibit the work, as well as supplying display hardware for the exhibit’s stay at the Capitol. We’re proud to see that exhibit travel to western Kentucky, and wish the folks at Fish & Wildlife and Janice Mason Art Museum great success in showing Rick’s fantastic renderings of Kentucky outdoor spaces and the creatures who call them home.

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Lexington writer Crystal Wilkinson appointed 2021-22 Kentucky Poet Laureate
Multiple award-winning novelist Crystal Wilkinson of Lexington has been appointed 2021-22 Kentucky Poet Laureate by Gov. Andy Beshear.

Allen County senior named Poetry Out Loud state champion
After three rounds of competition, Allen County-Scottsville High School senior Emma Robison emerged as the champion in the Kentucky Poetry Out Loud state finals, March 2.


April 23
Kentucky Writers' Day


May 14 - Teaching Artists Directory

June 15 - Kentucky Peer Advisory Network Consultancy Grants

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May 31 – Memorial Day


Tourism officials celebrate the 147th Kentucky Derby with poster unveiling ceremony
Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear joined the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Derby Festival and the 2021 Derby Festival Royal Court for the official unveiling of the 2021 Governor’s Derby Celebration Poster.

Kentucky Artisan Center 'Reveal' exhibit
The Kentucky Artisan Center's sixth "Reveal" exhibit, showcasing large format two dimensional works by eleven Kentucky artists. The exhibit continues through May 31 in the center’s lobby.

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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