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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Musgrave
502-892-3122
tomr.musgrave@ky.gov

Arts Council Accepting Applications for
Kentucky Crafted Program

“If you take the application process seriously, you’ll get a lot out of it. You will have written an artist’s statement and marketing copy. The process makes you think about those things.” — Scott Soeder, Louisville illustrator and Kentucky Crafted artist

Kentucky Crafted FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 10, 2017) — The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Kentucky Crafted program through Sept. 14.

The adjudicated arts marketing program provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through networking, promotional and sales opportunities and arts business training. Carrying the Kentucky Crafted brand is a symbol of artistic excellence in the Commonwealth. Artists who use the brand have been adjudicated by an independent panel of professional artists and leaders within the arts community.

“Over the years Kentucky Crafted has evolved into a more inclusive arts marketing initiative that is open to all artists and craftsmen, regardless of medium, style or genre,” said Dave Blevins, arts council arts marketing director. “As a result, Kentucky Crafted has experienced a steady increase in contemporary artists, like Scott Soeder, being adjudicated into the program.”

Participation in Kentucky Crafted has been a benefit to Soeder, a Louisville illustrator who was one of 18 artists who juried in to Kentucky Crafted in 2016.

“I’ve learned about exciting opportunities available to artists in Kentucky by being in Kentucky Crafted,” Soeder said. “I had opportunities to exhibit at the Kentucky Crafted tent at the Governor’s Derby Celebration and learned about the Creative Industry Summit, where I gained so much more knowledge than what I had come for. The arts council let us know about the grant opportunities with the Great Meadows Foundation, which allowed me to go to New York for a professional development conference I wanted to attend. Those are all the benefits I’ve gotten after less than a year in the program.”

In addition to the networking benefits, Kentucky Crafted artists are eligible to use the Kentucky Crafted logo on their websites and any printed material, including merchandise tags; exhibit at The Kentucky Crafted Market; be included in the arts council’s online directory for artists; sell work at the Governor’s Derby Celebration; and take advantage of cooperative advertising opportunities.

Based on his own experiences in the program, Soeder recommends any Kentucky artist wanting to put a professional face on their work should apply for Kentucky Crafted.

“If you take the application process seriously, you’ll get a lot out of it. You will have written an artist’s statement and marketing copy. The process makes you think about those things,” he said. “And it doesn’t cost anything to be in the program. The arts council support is always there. The staff has a knowledge of what’s going on in the state arts communities, and the arts council has resources you can use. Why wouldn’t you apply for a program like that?”

For more information about the program, contact Dave Blevins, arts council arts marketing director, at david.blevins@ky.gov or 502-892-3120.

Jessica Daman

Jewelry by Kentucky Crafted artist Jessica Daman of Florence.
Jennifer Dunham

Mixed media art by Kentucky Crafted artist Jennifer Dunham of Versailles.
Amy Henson

Natural/organic products by Kentucky Crafted artist Amy Henson of London.
Scott Soeder

Graphic art illustration by Kentucky Crafted artist Scott Soeder of Louisville.

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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.