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Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Kentucky Arts Council

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

KPAN Consultancies Help Artists, Arts Organizations with
Business, Strategic Planning; Application Deadline June 15

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 18, 2018) — When the board of Lexington’s Robert H. Williams Cultural Center formed, they knew they wanted their century-old building, a former orphanage, to have a second life that built upon its first, service to children.

“We wanted to benefit the neighborhood we were in on Georgetown Street, benefit the children, be involved in the arts,” said Carole Johnston, a board member at the center. “We didn’t know how to put that into words, though.”

To address this need and other needs among Kentucky’s artists and arts organizations, the Kentucky Arts Council offers the Kentucky Peer Advisory Network (KPAN). The network consists of arts professionals in the Kentucky Peer Advisory Directory available to provide three- to six-hour consultancies to assist eligible organizations and individual artists with board development, grant writing, marketing and promotions, strategic planning, festival planning and other activities. Consultancy fees are paid by the arts council.

The deadline to apply for consultancies is June 15.

The Robert H. Williams Center received a six-hour consultancy from KPAN consultant Richard Young.

“We got ideas about how we wanted the center to move forward,” Johnston said. “We already had received some grants, but we learned what we need to do in order to be ready to write more grants. The neighborhood survey and strategic plan are things we hadn’t thought about, but they’re important. Richard was helpful in identifying those areas.”

The board members’ experience with Young has inspired them to apply for another KPAN consultancy, something that Johnston recommends for any arts organization or individual.

“We were impressed with the expertise of the people on the directory,” Johnston said. “Richard came in and said ‘I know we can fix this.’”

Kentucky arts organizations, community groups that incorporate the arts into their programs, and individual artists participating in arts council programs are eligible to apply for a consultancy. The application deadline is June 15 for those interested in a consultancy between July 15 through Dec. 15.

For more information on KPAN, contact Mark Brown, arts council folk and traditional arts director, at mark.brown@ky.gov or 502-892-3115.

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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.