Vibrant Communities

Racial and Cultural Equity

The Kentucky Arts Council is committed to promoting and supporting racial and cultural equity in the arts in the Commonwealth. Diversity, in all its forms, has been a longstanding guiding principle of the arts council’s work. We believe that arts programs and services should be accessible to all people and communities of the Commonwealth. We believe the prominent presence of artists, representing the diverse tapestry of Kentuckians, challenges inequities and encourages alternatives. We are committed to operating under the belief that everyone has a right to equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.

Anti-racism Workshops

Through a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the arts council has developed a series of interactive workshops for Kentucky non-profit arts leaders, staff and volunteers, to become familiar with anti-racism tools and practices to elevate racial and cultural equity in the arts.

Celebrating the Art & Culture of Kentucky: Some of the Bluegrass is Black

The Kentucky Arts Council presents a celebration of Black and African American artists through a monthly interview series that explores and showcases the lives, works and voices of several artists who call the Bluegrass home. Part artist talk, part personal interview, the series combines personal perspectives of the artist’s work, and meaningful conversations with both professional and emerging Black artists in the commonwealth.