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Kentucky Arts Council

Sept. 20, 2021

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

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

Our Kentucky Home call to artists

Call to artists for Our Kentucky Home: Hispanic/Latin American Visual Art in the Commonwealth

Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson

Kentucky Poet Laureate

Kentucky Arts Council



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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Thank you to everyone — visual artists, musical performers, folk artists, organizations and visitors — for making The Kentucky Crafted Outdoor Market at Waveland a success! We also thank our partners at Kentucky State Parks and Waveland State Historic Site for inviting us to share in this wonderful event. From our standpoint as Kentucky Arts Council staff members, it was such a treat to see so many friends we had not seen in a long time.

Looking ahead, we are accepting applications for the Arts Access Assistance: Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning grant through Oct. 6. Funding will go to groups that directly serve individuals age 55 and older or communities of individuals with a majority of representatives age 55 and older. These grants will pay for arts programming for those whose opportunities to experience the arts may be limited by age, in addition to other factors like where they live, race or ethnicity, income or disability. This funding opportunity is not intended for arts organizations, but rather for other community-based agencies, government entities, for-profit and nonprofit groups that will use the arts in service to Kentucky seniors. Visit our website to learn more about this grant to how to apply.

In keeping with our spotlight on creative aging, the arts council is also offering a free webinar titled Arts & Aging in Everyday Life. This informative webinar will focus on different aspects and approaches to “creative aging,” a term that refers to the practice of engaging adults ages 55 and older in participatory and professionally run or community based arts programs that focus on social engagement, skill building or skill mastery. This event is free, but registration is required. All attendees will receive a hard copy of “Memory, Art & Aging: A Resource & Activity Guide” produced by Traditional Arts Indiana.

The arts council has issued a call to artists for a unique traveling exhibit titled Our Kentucky Home: Hispanic/Latin American Visual Art in the Commonwealth. This exhibit is a partnership between the arts council, Casa de la Cultura Kentucky and alDía en América. Hispanic/Latinx/Latin American artists in Kentucky are encouraged to submit visual art for consideration in this exhibit. The goals of this initiative are to share Hispanic/Latinx/Latin American experiences in the commonwealth today, and recognize the amazing expressions these individuals, families and communities contribute to Kentucky’s cultural landscape. You can find out more about how to apply for this exhibit on our website (Formulario de solicitud – Español). Artwork will be chosen by a panel of Hispanic/Latinx Kentuckians and other cultural specialists. This exhibit will travel to galleries, museums and other sites across the commonwealth from Nov. 2021 to Oct. 2022.

For arts educators and school leaders, I’m excited to tell you that we are extending the application deadline for three arts education programs we administer. We shared this information last week on social media during National Arts in Education Week. Teachers now have until Oct. 1 to apply for their school to participate in the 2022 Poetry Out Loud State Championship, and the deadlines for the second round of Teaching Art Together artist residency grants and the popular TranspARTation grant have been extended to Nov. 1.

If you have an inspiring story about how arts education has positively impacted your life, please share on social media with the hashtags #BecauseofArtsEd and #kyarts.

Sarah Schmitt portrait I'm also excited to announce an addition to our staff, as we welcome Sarah Schmitt back to the Kentucky Arts Council. Sarah rejoins the arts council as the arts organization and access director, where she’ll be administering the Kentucky Arts Partnership grant, and overseeing the agency’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and access initiatives among other things. Previously she served as the arts council’s community arts and access director from 2009 to '17. She joins us – most recently – from the Kentucky Historical Society where she was the administrator of the Kentucky Oral History Commission, a program dedicated to reaching across the commonwealth to record and preserve the diverse stories that are a part of Kentucky’s rich and colorful history. She has also worked as a folklife specialist for the Kentucky Folklife Program. She is a founding steering committee member of the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and history and a master’s degree in folk studies, both from Western Kentucky University. She is a Cub Scout Den Leader, merit badge counselor, a Kentucky explorer and an aspiring podcaster.

In closing, as we begin the fall, we encourage you to visit art shows, fairs and live performances, but to do so safely and responsibly. Check online or call ahead to find out the vaccination or masking requirements in the places you intend to visit. It will save you some time and help in planning a great outing.

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Sept. 24 - 10 a.m.
Kentucky Arts Council board meeting

Sept. 28 - 9 a.m.
Creative Aging Workshop - Art and Aging in Everyday Life

Sept. 28 - 6 p.m.
Virtual event - “Celebrating the Art & Culture of Kentucky: Some of the Bluegrass is Black” featuring Hannah Drake


Oct. 6 - Arts Access Assistance: Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning grant application deadline

Oct. 1 - Poetry Out Loud State Championship application deadline

Nov. 1 - Teaching Art Together application deadline #2

Nov. 1 - TranspARTation application deadline

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Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

Nov. 25-26 – Thanksgiving holiday




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