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Kentucky Arts Council staff will travel throughout the Commonwealth to present to groups of arts entrepreneurs and/or professionals in the creative industry. There is no fee for this service; however, each presentation requires an accessible meeting space and a core group of participants. Some presentations require additional amenities. Don't see what you're looking for? Just ask. Complete the request form, and someone from the arts council will contact you.

 


 

 


 

Tips for Applying to the Kentucky Crafted Program
This one-hour workshop outlines the benefits of the Kentucky Crafted Program, reviews the application process and gives an explanation of the assessment criteria. Kentucky Crafted is an adjudicated program that provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through marketing and promotional opportunities and arts business training.

Suggested audience: visual and craft artists

Minimum participants required: 15

 

How to Apply for the Teaching Artists Directory
A one-hour workshop on how to apply to be on the Teaching Artists Directory. The session will include tips on how best to describe yourself as a teaching artist, how you engage students and teachers in the creative process and what tools you will leave with the teachers to continue after you leave. This workshop will also include tips on how to market yourself as a teaching artist.

Suggested audiences: individual visual, media, literary, folk, and performing artists

Minimum requirements: meeting room, table, electrical outlet, extension cords, power strip, projector with laptop, cable and screen

Minimum participants required: 10

 

Bring a Teaching Artist to Your School
This how-to workshop will take you through the step-by-step process of planning, selecting and applying to the Teaching Art Together program. Guidelines and the importance of each question will be discussed as well as going through the online application. This workshop will also cover the TranspARTation grant for field trips to arts experiences.

Suggested audiences: teachers, school administrators, district grant writers, and school librarians

Minimum requirements: meeting room, table, electrical outlet, extension cords, power strip, projector with laptop, cable and screen

Minimum participants required: 10

 

Poetry Out Loud
Interested in bringing the Poetry Out Loud program to your high school? This one-hour workshop will lead you through the application process, how to design your program timeline, working with the teaching artist and utilizing the Poetry Out Loud website. This presentation also includes a review of the program’s structure from the classroom, to the school competition to the state finals and finally the national competition.

Suggested audiences: English teachers, school administrators, district grant writers, and school librarians

Minimum requirements: meeting room, table, electrical outlet, extension cords, power strip, projector with laptop, cable and screen

Minimum participants required: 10

 

Performing Arts Directory: An overview
This one-hour session includes information about the Kentucky Arts Council's Performing Arts Directory, a marketing program for professional Kentucky performers in the following categories: music, dance, theater and storytelling. Perfect for any performer or performer's representative with questions about promotional opportunities, the overview will lead to a better understanding of the opportunities available through the arts council.

Suggested audiences: arts organizations, libraries, colleges and universities, and Kentucky performers

Minimum requirements: meeting room, table, electrical outlet, extension cords, power strip, projector with laptop cable and screen

Minimum participants required: 10

 

Audio 101: Running sound at events, performances and recordings
Good sound is an essential part of an audience's appreciation of a live event, performance or recording. Even on a limited budget, any presenter can take steps to ensure the best possible experience for their listeners. This one-hour session includes, tips and techniques to make the most of sound at your event, whether it's large, small, indoor or outdoor.

Suggested audiences: arts organizations, libraries, festivals, performers, presenters, interviewers, etc.

Minimum participants required: 10

 

Applying to the Performing Arts Directory
This one-hour session is designed to lead the applicant step-by-step through the online application and will include tips about preparing press kits, touring histories and work samples.

Suggested audiences: arts organizations, libraries, colleges and universities, and Kentucky performers

Minimum requirements: meeting room, table, electrical outlet, extension cords, power strip, projector with laptop cable and screen

Minimum participants required: 10

 

Hitting the Road: Preparing performing artists for touring
This one-hour session walks performers through the process of negotiating contracts and letters of agreement, working with presenters to promote their shows, developing outreach experiences from a single workshop to a multi-year residency, and ensuring repeat bookings.

Suggested audiences: arts organizations, libraries, colleges and universities, and Kentucky performers

Minimum requirements: meeting room, table, electrical outlet, extension cords, power strip, projector with laptop cable and screen

Minimum participants required: 10

 

Professional Touring: A workshop for performers
This workshop is offered in two formats, a half-day (two break-out sessions) or a full-day (three to four break-out sessions), on topics such as marketing and merchandising, contracts and copyrights, advancing a tour, press kits and EPKs, relationship building and working with presenters, and the performer-audience partnership.

Suggested audiences: arts organizations, libraries, colleges and universities, and Kentucky performers

Minimum requirements: meeting room, table, electrical outlet, extension cords, power strip, projector with laptop cable and screen

Note: Requires a minimum of eight weeks for preparation.

Minimum participants required: 20

 

Get Your Assets in Line — How to launch a creative asset inventory
Know your own! Every city that has become a Kentucky Creative District has completed a cultural asset inventory. Putting together an inventory is a great exercise that your community can do to grow support and identify what makes your place unique and appealing to locals and visitors.

Suggested audiences: arts and community organizations, artists, event coordinators, government, etc.

Minimum participants required: 10

 

Architectural Artists for your building, design and renovation projects
Why buy from an artist or craftsperson? This presentation will examine how custom-made items bring value, in terms of quality, appreciation and uniqueness, to a building, design project or renovation. Artists from the Architectural Artists Directory, suitable for a variety of projects, will be discussed.

Suggested audience: architects, interior designers, builders, real estate agents and anyone else interested in the Architectural Artist Directory

Participant requirement: two or more professionals from the above audience

 

Public Art: A how-to
Interested in public art for your town or organization, but unsure how to get started? This presentation will cover the basics of the commissioning process, including the difference between a request for qualifications (RFQ) and a request for proposals (RFP); how to find artists and how to make the final selection; and the basic paperwork involved. Some suggestions on funding sources can be included, but specific fundraising advice is not. The public art and design director is also available to advise municipalities and organizations throughout the process of commissioning public art, and to serve on the selection committee.

Suggested audience: any official group interested in public art, connected to city or county government or an organization

Minimum participants required: two or more professionals from the above audience

 

Public Art: A how-to for artists
Are you an artist interested in making large-scale art in the public sphere? Want to learn the difference between a request for qualifications (RFQ) and a request for proposals (RFP)? Did you apply for a project, but not understand the process? Find a group of at least 10 like-minded artists, and the public art and design director can explain the process of commissioned public art, give advice, and answer your questions.

Suggested audience: artists

Minimum participants required: 10

 

How to Apply for the Arts Access Assistance Grant
This one-hour presentation provides insight into developing arts programming in non-arts environments and applying for Arts Access Assistance (AAA) grants. This grant support arts programs that serve populations with limited opportunities to experience the arts. Each fiscal year, the Kentucky Arts Council chooses a new population to benefit from these grant funds. AAA grants are open to any nonprofit or for-profit organization that serves the population identified in the current grant cycle.

Suggested audiences: community-based organizations serving underserved populations

Minimum participants required: 8

 

Accessibility on the Frontline: ADA compliant customer service
Good customer service is the cornerstone of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for arts organizations. This half-day presentation provides training for paid and volunteer staff — including board members — to ensure they feel empowered and knowledgeable when meeting the needs of patrons with disabilities. Participants can be from one organization or multiple organizations. Partner with arts organizations in your area to share access resources and meet the minimum participant requirement!

Suggested audiences: arts and cultural organizations

Minimum participants required: 10

 

Applying for an Individual Artist Award
This one-hour session provides a step-by-step approach to applying for the arts council's Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship and the Emerging Artist Award. From creating an online profile to submitting the application, participants will learn to create a thorough and thoughtful application. Both awards are offered on a rotating basis to professional artists creating their own original work in the following categories: visual arts (including craft), media, literary (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, play/screenwriting), composing and choreography.

Suggested audiences: individual artists, arts organizations, libraries, colleges and universities

Minimum requirements: meeting room, table, electrical outlet, extension cords, power strip, projector with laptop cable and screen

Minimum participants required: 10

 

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