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Kentucky Arts Council

Oct. 28, 2021

Celebrating the Art & Culture of Kentucky: Some of the Bluegrass is Black featuring Everett and Alicia McCorvey

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

Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson

Kentucky Poet Laureate

Kentucky Arts Council



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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

We are near the end of National Arts and Humanities Month, and at the Kentucky Arts Council we’ve been celebrating by showcasing the Kentucky arts organizations that have received funding from the Kentucky Arts Council-American Rescue Plan grant on our Facebook and Instagram pages. These groups include several who have never received arts council funding, so we’re happy to shine a light on the work they are doing to foster creativity in their respective corners of the commonwealth.

We’d also like to thank Gov. Beshear for his proclamation of National Arts and Humanities Month. The Kentucky communities of artists, arts organizations and arts supporter are grateful for your recognition of the place creativity has in our state.

Our six-part series Celebrating the Art & Culture of Kentucky: Some of the Bluegrass is Black continues tonight at 6 p.m. This month host Shauna Morgan will talk with Everett and Alicia McCorvey. The McCorveys have been married more than 30 years and have together spent their lives – home, family and musical careers – in Kentucky. They have played important roles in promoting opera, voice and the performing arts throughout the commonwealth and around the globe. This webinar is free, but registration is required.

Two of our arts education grants have had deadlines extended. Teachers and school leaders can apply for the TranspARTation and Teaching Art Together grants through Nov. 1. The TranspARTation grant covers the cost for field trips to and from selected arts venues, like galleries, concert halls and theaters. The Teaching Art Together grant pays for an artist residency from one of our juried teaching artists. There’s still time to get an application in, so take a look at these programs and take advantage of them today!

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications from communities for grants to host NEA Big Read events. Fifteen books representing a diverse range of contemporary themes, voices and perspectives are available for organizations interested in applying for a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant to carry out a project between September 2022 and June 2023. An initiative of the NEA in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read supports programs held around the country, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book selection, with the goal of inspiring meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in each community. The deadline for applications is January 26, 2022. Visit for more information.

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


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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