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Kentucky Arts Council

June 15, 2021

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Summer is upon us, and here at the Kentucky Arts Council we’ve kicked it off with some great new programming. On June 10 we premiered a monthly webinar Celebrating the Art & Culture of Kentucky: Some of the Bluegrass is Black, which will explore the lives and creativity of Kentucky’s Black and African American artists. This series is hosted by Shauna M. Morgan, an author and associate professor of creative writing at Howard University and director of Equity and Inclusion Initiatives in Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation at the University of Kentucky’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. In the first episode, Dr. Morgan interviewed Frank X Walker, visual artist and former Kentucky Poet Laureate. You can view this episode on our YouTube channel.

We also held a series of three webinars for Kentucky non-profit arts organizations titled “Tools for Building Your Anti-Racism Plan.” This workshop series provided information and practice to support effective and compassionate engagement in addressing racial equity in the arts sector in Kentucky. There was an emphasis on getting comfortable with the discomfort of taking imperfect steps towards dismantling racism.

The Lewis Prize for Music’s third annual Accelerator Awards is currently accepting applications. Three multi-year awards of $500,000 each will be awarded in January 2022. Accelerator Awards are open to Creative Youth Development (CYD) music organizations seeking to influence youth-serving systems so all young people have access to learning, creating, and performing experiences that reflect their culture and identity. The deadline to submit an application is July 16. More information about the application process, guidelines, and past Accelerator Awardees can be found at

Tamara Coffey We want to congratulate Kentucky Arts Council staff member Tamara Coffey, who has been promoted to program branch manager. Tamara has been with the arts council for 14 years and was previously the organization support and individual artist director. In her new role, she will supervise arts programming staff, work on marketing and promotion of arts council programs and grants, assist with the development and analysis of statistical information and serve as a liaison to other state agencies and as a panelist for local, regional, and national funders upon request.

And finally our congratulations to Milo Golding, a junior at Lexington Christian Academy, for being selected the winner of the 13th annual Doodle for Google competition. His Google Doodle appeared on June 15 on Google's homepage. This nationwide competition included entries from the 54 U.S. states and territories. Well done, Milo!

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Kentucky Arts Council board to meet June 18 via teleconference
The Kentucky Arts Council fourth quarter board meeting will be 10 a.m.-noon Eastern, June 18. The meeting will be conducted via teleconference.


June 15 - Kentucky Peer Advisory Network Consultancy Grants

June 15 - Governor's Awards in the Arts nominations

Aug. 1 - Teaching Art Together application deadline #1

Oct. 31 - Teaching Art Together application deadline #2

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

July 5 – Independence Day


Artisan center puts spotlight on textile artists
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is presenting an exhibit titled Sew On & Sew Forth through June 30. This colorful exhibit showcases the work of 23 Kentucky textile artists who use a needle and thread to create their work. Included are quilts and stitched runners, dolls, clothing, purses and hats, fiber bowls and stitched beaded jewelry.




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