Showcasing the Arts

Arts Day(s) in Kentucky

Schedule of Events

March 16

10-11 a.m. - Meet Artists of Our Kentucky Home: Hispanic/Latin American Visual Art in the Commonwealth

The Kentucky Arts Council worked in partnership with alDía en América newspaper and Casa de la Cultura Kentucky to present this traveling exhibit, now on tour across the commonwealth. Hear from artists and learn more about the exhibit!

1 p.m. - Ask the Right Questions: Building Your Advocacy Message

Preparing your message in advance is essential to effective arts advocacy, but many in the arts community feel unsure on what to say and whom to say it to. Join this unique workshop with Lori Meadows, Board Chair of Kentuckians for the Arts, to learn about a simple messaging technique you can use to craft advocacy messages about the arts issues important to you. (This presentation is in conjunction with Kentuckians for the Arts, the state's 501c3 volunteer-led arts advocacy organization.)

March 17

10 a.m. - Branding Basics for Artists, with Carla Gover

Most artists are a "personal brand". They can more effectively share (and earn money from!) their art when they build relationships with fans and customers, and show up as themselves on a regular basis. But negative associations from fear of "coming on too strong" and plain old imposter syndrome can keep artists from shining their light in the world. Join us for this special workshop for creatives. You'll walk away with an increased understanding of the basic WHY and HOW of branding, and some tools to refine and recharge your personal branding.

11 a.m. - The Band Played On: Kentucky orchestras adapting and thriving through the pandemic

Far from ignoring or weathering the storm, Kentucky arts groups have confronted the upheaval of pandemic life over the past two years. Join Kentucky performing arts groups from across the commonwealth as they share the challenges and creative triumphs of balancing artistic excellence against public safety. The problems are universal, and the solutions can be adapted and scaled for arts groups of varying sizes.

Noon - Performing Artists Directory Showcase

Join us for a video presentation of artists in the Kentucky Arts Council's Performing Arts Directory, an adjudicated online roster of professional individual artists, companies or groups in dance, theater, music and storytelling.

1 p.m. - A Region in Recovery: The Ice House Gallery and Tornado Recovery in Western Kentucky

The Ice House Gallery and Gift Shop, home to the Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild, was in the direct path of the tornado that swept through Mayfield and other parts of western Kentucky in December 2021. Hear from Ice House Director Nanc Gunn about efforts to re-establish space for the Ice House while continuing to serve the artists, arts community and the region in the wake of the disaster. You'll also hear from Paducah's Yeiser Art Center Director Lexie Millikan about the effects on the arts community after the loss of the Ice House.

2 p.m. - After the Disaster: A Community Responds

Community Scholars and curators Maxine Ray and Wathetta Buford join Kentucky Museum Director Brent Bjorkman to discuss joining forces to rescue treasured art, artifacts and documents of Bowling Green's African American Museum in the aftermath of the December 2021 tornado.

3 p.m. - Spotlight: A Showcase of Kentucky Teaching Artists

Learn about the artists in the Teaching Artists Directory and see a sampling of their work. These artists will discuss how they work in classrooms and demonstrate potential projects based on their artistic expertise.

March 18

Arts Community Conversations

Join the Kentucky Arts Council to participate in public conversations about issues related to the arts, artists, arts organizations, arts in education and the state arts community. These facilitate conversations will be used, in part, to collect feedback for the Kentucky Arts Council's strategic plan. Sign up and join in the discussion.

11 a.m. - Let's Talk about the Arts

This public feedback session is for anyone in Kentucky who wants to share information and ideas about the role(s) of the arts in Kentucky. The conversation will be facilitated and will include a question-and-answer format. Open comment will also be heard.

1 p.m. - Artists and Creative Workers Conversation

Artists and creative workers are invited to share feedback, opinions and ideas about the needs of the arts community and support for artists in Kentucky.

2 p.m. - Funding opportunities through South Arts/NEA/KAC

Join representatives from the Kentucky Arts Council, South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts to learn about grants, programs and other opportunities available for Kentucky artists and organizations. Hear about opportunities that would benefit your practice or organization and get your questions answered!