Showcasing the Arts

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2017 Governor's Awards in the Arts:
Government Award



Lexington, Ky.



Lexington Parks & Recreation Lexington Parks & Recreation

For more than 40 years Lexington Parks & Recreation, a division of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, has provided quality arts programs and served as a primary arts presenter and arts partner for the Lexington community, insuring that all residents have access to the arts in all disciplines. The arts are essential to the health and wellness of an individual and, by extension, the community. Lexington Parks understands the importance of the creative class and the role the arts play in having a vibrant community with a high quality of life.

Lexington Parks’ Cultural Arts section is also a good steward of local tax dollars, contributing more than $271,000 in revenue back to the general fund of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government in fiscal year 2017. As a result of affordable art space rentals at the Downtown Arts Center, ticket sales generated more than $94,000 paid back to the local arts economy.

Lexington Parks is also committed to lifelong learning in the arts and has a full schedule of year round educational opportunities, including six weeks of art camps during the summer months and classes for all ages during the school year at its new cultural center, Artworks. In fiscal year 2017, the Cultural Arts section offered more than 1,300 classes and serves over 250,000 participants annually through their art programs and events.

Parks has also been very committed to showcasing and employing local arts professionals through more than 20 programs, like the Woodland Art Fair, the Big Band & Jazz Series, Southland Jamboree and the annual Thriller Dance around Halloween.

In addition to the programming initiated and directly coordinated by Lexington Parks, the division also partners with many other arts programs and organizations in the community by consulting and providing venues and support in the form of labor and supplies.



Page last updated: January 19 2018
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