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Kentucky Arts Council

July 23, 2021

Featured Karen Brown Levy

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Celebrating the Art & Culture of Kentucky: Some of the Bluegrass is Black featuring Mark Lenn Johnson

Celebrating the Art & Culture of Kentucky:
Some of the Bluegrass is Black

Kentucky Crafted Outdoor Market at Waveland

Kentucky Crafted Outdoor Market at Waveland

Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson

Kentucky Poet Laureate

Kentucky Arts Council



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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

We at the Kentucky Arts Council hope you’ve been enjoying your summer and that you’ve been able to get out, within your comfort level, and take in an art festival or live music, theater or dance performance somewhere here in Kentucky. By now you’ve probably heard about our upcoming event, The Kentucky Crafted Outdoor Market at Waveland, Sept. 11-12 at Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington. It’s an understatement to say that we are excited about this opportunity to work with our sister agency, the Kentucky Department of Parks, to host the first major in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic!

The Outdoor Market will feature several Kentucky Crafted artists, along with performances by some of the best acts from our Performing Artists Directory, a folk arts demonstration area and a hands-on activities area for kids. You can also enjoy Kentucky cuisine from some of the amazing food vendors Waveland has invited to participate. We’re so grateful to Waveland for allowing us to share in this event, and we’re looking forward to seeing you and the artists out there in September.

Speaking of outstanding Kentucky artists, the application period for Kentucky Crafted has opened, and will run through Aug. 17. If you are an artist and you’d like to be part of this adjudicated program of the best visual and craft artists in the state, look through the guidelines and submit an application. It’s your chance to take your place among Kentucky’s best and benefit from the sales and career development opportunities presented to Kentucky Crafted artists. Artists juried into Kentucky Crafted become eligible to participate in sales opportunities, like the Kentucky Crafted Market and the Kentucky Crafted Tent during the Governor’s Derby Celebration. They can also apply for consultancy grants through our Kentucky Peer Advisory Network. Last, but not least, they can use the Kentucky Crafted label on their artwork.

And make sure to catch the next episode in our monthly series “Celebrating the Art & Culture of Kentucky: Some of the Bluegrass is Black.” On July 27, host Shauna M. Morgan will chat with Lexington artist and innovator Mark Lenn Johnson. Mark is the President of Art Inc. Kentucky, a nonprofit business and marketing incubator serving Kentucky artists and operated through Community Ventures. Register today for this lively exploration of Mark’s work, life and vision for a successful future for artists.

As we navigate through the summer events, we’d like to remind you that, although vaccination rates are starting to make these gatherings safe, we do encourage you to ask about any health guidelines that a venue has before visiting. Some places may still require masks and social distancing, so please be aware before you plan a road trip. A little homework in advance will make the experience a better one for you and your families.

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Virtual, in-person artist residencies available for Kentucky schools
As schools throughout Kentucky transition to in-person learning opportunities this fall, the Kentucky Arts Council’s Teaching Art Together artist residency grant has remained a flexible option for teachers who want to enhance their lessons in the arts.

Kentucky Arts Council monthly series promotes Black artists
The Kentucky Arts Council has received a $10,000 grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation to address cultural equity in the arts in Kentucky.


July 27
Virtual event - “Celebrating the Art & Culture of Kentucky: Some of the Bluegrass is Black” featuring Mark Lenn Johnson

Sept. 11-12
Kentucky Crafted Outdoor Market at Waveland


Aug. 1 - Teaching Art Together application deadline #1

Aug. 17 - Kentucky Crafted application deadline

Oct. 31 - Teaching Art Together application deadline #2

Oct. 31 - TranspARTation application deadline

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Sept. 6 – Labor Day




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