Kentucky Crafted Program Guidelines

FY2022 Application Deadline: Aug. 17, 2021

The Kentucky Arts Council requires that you read and understand the Kentucky Crafted guidelines before accessing the application.

Like all programs of the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Crafted Program is guided by the arts council’s core values. Successful applications will embody these core values, and all applicants are strongly encouraged to read and reflect upon them before submitting an application.

Core Values of the Kentucky Arts Council

Program Summary

Kentucky Crafted is an adjudicated program that provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through marketing, promotional opportunities and arts business training.

The purpose of the Kentucky Crafted Program is to support professional visual and craft artists and promote a diverse selection of high quality art in Kentucky.

Adjudicated visual and craft artists are eligible to exhibit at the Kentucky Crafted Market and other events sponsored by the program.


Program Benefits

Participation Requirements

In order to maintain eligibility, participants in the Kentucky Crafted Program must:

Who May Apply

Visual and craft artists who do original work in any medium, are full-time residents of Kentucky and are 18 years of age or older.

Residency Requirements

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence or have permission from the Department of Homeland Security to work permanently in the U.S.

Applicants must have been legal Kentucky residents for a period of at least six months immediately before the application deadline (e.g., legal residency must have begun no later than Feb. 15, 2021, for applications due Aug. 17, 2021).

For proof of residency, you must submit a copy of two of the following documents by the application deadline:

These are the only acceptable forms of proof of residency for this application.


Program Timeline

Application deadline Aug. 17, 2021
Deadline for submission of support materials Aug. 17, 2021
Work sample shipping delivery N/A for 2021
Work sample hand delivery N/A for 2021
Review of applications by panel Sept. 16, 2021
Work sample pick up N/A for 2021
Applicant notification via mail Oct. 1, 2021
Program Agreement Form due 15 days after receipt of notification
*New Participant and Market Orientation Oct. 15, 2021
The Kentucky Crafted Market 2022 March, 2022

*The New Participant and Market Orientation is mandatory for all successful applicants. However, participation at the Kentucky Crafted Market is voluntary.

Application Assessment

Applications will be assessed using the following performance expectations.

  1. Artistic Excellence (75 points)
  1. Marketability (25 points)

Application Deadline

Submit the online application no later than 4:30 Eastern time, Aug. 17, 2020, with all required documents and supporting materials, in accordance with the program guidelines.

Documents and supporting materials must be:

  1. Mailed to the arts council with an official postmark by the U.S. Postal Service, or

  2. Delivered to the arts council by a shipping service (e.g., UPS, FedEx, etc.) with a paid receipt on or before the deadline date, or

  3. Emailed to kyartscouncil@gmail.com no later than 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on the deadline date. If the arts council does not receive the required documents and supporting materials by the deadline date via one of the three delivery options, your application will be ineligible.

Packages dated with internal postage meters will not be accepted. Please be aware that your post office may not automatically use a dated postmark. It is highly recommended that you request hand cancellation with the date included. Please note that, due to postal regulations, all packages weighing more than 13 ounces must be given directly to a postal clerk at a post office, not dropped in a postal box.

Following the deadline, each application will be audited by the program director, who may contact the applicant if clarification is needed prior to the panel review.

Kentucky Sales and Use Tax Registration

You must have a current sales and use tax account with the Kentucky Department of Revenue for your art or craft business, or have submitted a Form 10A100 Kentucky Tax Registration Application in order to complete your application. If you do not yet have a Kentucky Sales and Use Tax permit number, a copy of the completed Form 10A100 must be included with the paper copy of your application.

Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number

The arts council requires all applicants to apply for a DUNS number. Call 866-705-5711 to request a DUNS number for Government Contractors and Grantees, or apply online at http://support.dnb.com/?CUST=GOVTDUNS.

Please note that registering for this type of DUNS number is free and you are not required to purchase any services from Dun & Bradstreet.

Organizations use data from DUNS number applications to demonstrate the power of the arts to stimulate economic activity and create jobs. To learn more about the DUNS number, click below to visit the Americans for the Arts website:


How to Apply

Digital Images of Work Samples

As part of the application process, you must submit digital images of five work samples per entry. Images should be:

Images should be uploaded to the “Manage Work Samples” page prior to starting the application so that they can be accessed later in the application process.

Some of the fields are not required for this application. The required fields for work sample images are:

When uploading images to the “Manage Work Samples” page, the “Image Title” should begin with a number to identify the entry. For example, images for the first entry should be labeled “1_Image Title”. For additional medium entries, the images should be labeled “2_Image Title”, etc.

After beginning the application you will be prompted to attach images at the “Work Samples” section of the application. You may sort the order of images once they are uploaded to this page. Artists submitting work in more than one medium should sort the order so that images for the first medium entry appear at the beginning of the image list.

Work samples are the primary means by which panelists assess artistic and professional quality. Carefully consider your choice of work samples in relation to the program’s performance expectations. Images should not include anything that detracts from or interferes with the main subject of the image.

The most effective image presentation is one that shows panelists a cohesive, consistent, developed body of your latest work. Select images representative of your style, and sequence them in a way that will enhance the panelist’s understanding of the direction of your work and draw their attention to your most significant pieces.

For detailed information about preparing your sample images for submission, go to:


Work Samples

Five samples of your original work are required for review as part of the application process.

Panel Meeting

A panel of arts professionals and other individuals with relevant experience will review all applications according to the performance expectations. Panelists may be chosen from both inside and outside Kentucky. Arts council staff do not participate in the review or scoring of applications.

Note: The Kentucky Arts Council reserves the right to disqualify any current or future application if there is reason to believe an applicant has tampered or had inappropriate contact with a panelist.


There are no appeals for this application. You may request the panel scores and comments for your application only after your applicant notification has been received.

Program Agreement Form

Successful applicants will receive a program agreement form detailing their benefits and responsibilities as a participant of the Kentucky Crafted Program. Successful applicants must agree to the terms, sign the form and return it to the arts council within 15 days if they choose to participate in the program.

Kentucky Crafted Creative Industry Report

All Kentucky Crafted artists must submit an annual participation renewal form known as the Creative Industry Report. A link to the form will be emailed to participants each year. If a Kentucky Crafted participant fails to submit the required form, the arts council will suspend all program opportunities including eligibility to exhibit at The Kentucky Crafted Market, and remove the artist’s online directory page.

If I have questions, who can help me?

Dave Blevins
Arts Marketing Director