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Tom Musgrave
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tomr.musgrave@ky.gov

Kentucky celebrates Arts Day

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2020) — The Kentucky Arts Council and arts organizations from across the state will celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 21 on the Capitol Mezzanine, 700 Capital Ave. in Frankfort.

“Arts Day gives us the chance to recognize our amazing Kentucky artists and arts educators,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “The creative industry adds great jobs to our economy, and just as important, speaks to the hearts and souls of all our people.”

The Kentucky Arts Council hosts Arts Day each year during the legislative session to bring awareness to the many roles the arts play in the Commonwealth. Arts leaders, artists, the general public and other supporters of the arts gather to celebrate the arts and the creative industry, and recognize the Kentucky General Assembly for its continued support of the arts.

“We look forward to Arts Day in Kentucky each year because it’s a chance for so many arts leaders across the state to meet with each other and their legislators, share ideas and broaden their professional circles,” said Chris Cathers, arts council executive director. “It’s good fellowship, and everyone returns to their communities energized to promote the arts where they live.”

For the 2020 fiscal year, the arts council awarded more than $1.2 million in operating support to 93 arts organizations throughout the state.

Arts Day creates an avenue for Kentucky artists to meet their legislators. The day will feature demonstrations by visual artists, including Franklin County painters Fran Redmon and Sharon Matisoff, Fayette County woodcarver LaVon Van Williams, master fiddler John Harrod of Owen County and his apprentice Barbara Rosner of Franklin County. In addition to being a master-apprentice pairing, Harrod and Rosner are members of Kentucky Wild Horse string band, which is listed in the arts council’s adjudicated Performing Artists Directory.

For more information about Arts Day in Kentucky, visit the Arts Day Web page.

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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.