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Kentucky Arts Council

Nov. 24, 2021

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Featured Karen Brown Levy

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Give a Gift Made in Kentucky

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Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson

Kentucky Poet Laureate

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Chris Cathers Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

November has been a full month at the Kentucky Arts Council.

At the beginning of the month the traveling exhibit Native Reflections: Visual Art by American Indians of Kentucky came to the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort after more than a year on the road. To date it has traversed the commonwealth, from Paducah to Pikeville, and we’re proud to have partnered with the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission and the Kentucky Heritage Council to bring this important exhibit to Kentucky’s cities and towns. We’d also like to thank the hosting venues, who have embraced the spirit of Native Reflections and used it as a teaching opportunity in their own communities.

On Nov. 17, several the artists whose work is included in Native Reflections had an informal meet-and-greet with Gov. Andy Beshear in the Capitol Rotunda. We are grateful for his support of the artists and the exhibit, and we are glad to have the opportunity to showcase their work in the Capitol. You can see photos from that event on our Facebook page.

Speaking of traveling exhibits, the arts council’s exhibit Our Kentucky Home: Hispanic/Latin American Visual Art in the Commonwealth will begin its journey throughout Kentucky this month. It’s first stop will be in Paducah at The Carson Center. This exhibit represents a partnership between the arts council, alDía en América newspaper in Louisville and Lexington-based Casa de la Cultura Kentucky. Our Kentucky Home showcases 36 pieces of artwork by 20 Hispanic or Latin American artists who call Kentucky home - Nuestro hogar Kentucky. The exhibit opened on Nov. 19 at The Carson Center in Paducah.

If you did not have a chance to see the final episode of our series Celebrating the Art & Culture of Kentucky: Some of the Bluegrass is Black featuring Dr. Shauna Morgan's interview with Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson, you can see the archived program on our YouTube channel and our website, along with the other five episodes in this series, which was supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. We're so grateful to Dr. Morgan and each of our guests and we know you'll enjoy watching and rewatching these fascinating conversations.

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced $20,200,000 in grant funding from the American Rescue Plan to local arts agencies for subgranting to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. We were excited to learn that Lousville-Jefferson County Metro Government received $250,000 from that grant program. They will use this funding to distribute grants in their communities to eligible recipients to save jobs and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation. Read more about this announcement and the complete list of grantees in this press release from the NEA.

The holidays are upon us, and as we gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving, we also prepare for gift giving. We’d like to encourage you to give the gift of Kentucky art and craft this holiday season. The arts council will be highlighting several Kentucky artists as part of our Give a Gift Made in Kentucky holiday campaign. We’ll compile that list of artists and holiday events on our website and feature them on the arts council’s Facebook and Instagram pages. We hope you’ll give the gift of Kentucky art, craft, tickets to concerts and shows and other uniquely Kentucky items this holiday season.

If you are an artist interested in having your work on display in the Team Kentucky Gallery at the State Capitol, you have until Nov. 29 to submit your application for the next six-month exhibit cycle. Learn more about the exhbit and apply at the Team Kentucky Gallery website.

Finally, we’re delighted to announce that Dr. Everett McCorvey has been appointed as Kentucky Arts Council board chair. He was previously the board vice chair. Succeeding him in that position is board member Dior Cotton. We’d like to thank former board chair Mary Michael Corbett, who will continue serving on the board, for her leadership of close to nine years.

From all of us at the Kentucky Arts Council, we hope you have a happy Thanksgiving and are able to celebrate safely with family and friends.

Chris Cathers
Chris Cathers
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director

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