Showcasing the Arts
2020 Governor's Awards in the Arts award

The 2020 Governor's Awards in the Arts are made by Hopkinsville artist Willie Rascoe from reclaimed cherry wood.


2020 Governor’s Awards in the Arts:

Media Award

Al Día en América

Jefferson County

Louisville-based Spanish language news publication Al Día en América has been providing coverage in Jefferson and surrounding counties for more than 16 years. The publication’s help in promoting the University of Louisville’s Latin American Film Festival caused the festival to grow from a small event where organizers showed four or five films in a classroom, to the full-scale event it has transformed into. In 2017, the festival featured 32 show times, screening nine films or documentaries in four different theater auditoriums. Al Día en América also helped festival organizers secure 23 films from Guatemala, and partly covered the cost of inviting three directors and one actor from Guatemala to the screening of those movies in Louisville.

Every year Al Día en América partners with the University of Louisville to make the annual event that showcases films from Latin America possible.

Through the years, Al Día newspaper has been involved in promoting and supporting various events where artists and culture cross paths including the Latin Jazz Festival, WorldFest and Day of the Dead celebrations in the city.

Al Día has also been a point of contact for Spanish-speaking artists to gain exposure in the community in Louisville and surrounding counties.

What does this distinction mean to Al Día en América?

The distinction is a form of noticing and recognizing our work, and also is a way for us to realize that we as a community newspaper are being acknowledged and represented. It means that our commitment to serve is valued by others, and is also encouragement to continue to work hard.

Why has it been important for your publication to promote and feature the arts?

It is a way to engage our community within itself, and also as a whole in our new home of Kentucky. It is important because with the arts, we help to enrich our community and state. In addition, promoting the arts is a way to unite our communities beyond many barriers, especially within the times in which we are living. To promote the arts is to give people in the community a voice to be themselves.

What has been the reaction of your readership to your coverage of the arts?

It has given us a sense of belonging, a sense of welcoming. Covering and supporting the arts in different ways through the years has been a part of the new international identity that Louisville has now. It is also an invitation to become part of an entire community.


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