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Tom Musgrave

Owsley County Training to Address Partnership
Between Farmers, Artists at Local Farmers Market

“When you have multiple groups working together, it makes projects much easier and better. Everyone gets to know each other.”
— Glenn Baker, Owsley County Schools community education director

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2017) — Owsley County residents interested in learning about helping their community thrive are invited to a “Gathering of Farmers and Artists,” 5-7 p.m., Feb. 16 at Owsley County Public Library, 185 state highway 11 in Booneville.

The meeting is part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Homegrown/Handmade” initiative, funded with a United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant. The initiative’s goal is to create opportunities for artists to sell alongside farmers at local farmers markets. The arts council is using the $51,000 USDA grant to fund pilot programs in Owsley and Ohio counties.

Lydia Bailey Brown, arts council executive director, said the state arts agency is eager to work with Owsley County artists, farmers and residents to build relationships among those stakeholders.

“We want this project to be successful for Owsley County, and the agency team and I are looking forward to meeting local leaders in the arts and agriculture, as well as other Owsley County residents,” Bailey Brown said. “We are anxious to learn more about your community and discuss opportunities that will make this project successful.”

Glenn Baker, community education director for Owsley County Schools and one of the local coordinators of the “Gathering of Farmers and Artists,” said the Owsley County community will benefit from the pairing of artists and farmers at the farmers market, and that all county residents with an interest in community development should attend the training.

“We’re a small community, and one entity standing alone is not as strong and cannot be as competitive,” Baker said. “When you have multiple groups working together, it makes projects much easier and better. Everyone gets to know each other. Farmers will get to know the artists and artists will get to know the farmers.”

The arts council will provide a free meal for attendees.

For more information and to RSVP for a meal, contact Sarah Schmitt, arts council arts access director, at 502-892-3116 or

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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.