One of the principles that guides the work of the Kentucky Arts Council is diversity. We believe that arts programs and services should be accessible to all people and communities of the Commonwealth. The arts council recognizes that people with disabilities are artists and arts stakeholders with a quantifiable impact on Kentucky’s arts, culture and economy. Through training, consultation and example, the arts council encourages and supports all of the arts and cultural organizations in Kentucky in making arts venues accessible and making arts programming inclusive. It is the law, it is good business and it is in the equal spirit of the arts.
Arts Access Assistance grants support arts programs that serve populations whose opportunities to experience the arts may be limited by age, geographic location, ethnicity, economic status, disability or other factors. Each grant cycle, a different population is chosen to benefit from these arts programs. Grants are available up to $8,000 with a 25 percent cash match.
The Community Scholars Program trains members of a community in documentation, interpretation and dissemination of their unique local cultural resources and traditional art forms. Training consists of several sessions and occurs twice a year in different communities across the state. Certification as a Community Scholar opens up many opportunities for future research projects.
The purpose of the Kentucky Creative Districts Designation is to recognize the role of the arts in growing and sustaining vibrant communities and enhancing the creative economy.
Visit a Kentucky Creative District and discover art and culture that showcases the character of the Commonwealth. Uncover fine art and craft, architecture, history, culinary tradition, world-class performance and pride in place in some of the state's most exciting cities.
The Kentucky Arts Council's portal site to many quilt trail projects throughout the Commonwealth. At this site you will find the history of the quilt trails, interviews detailing the personal stories behind particular quilt squares, interactive links to Kentucky quilt trails by county, resources for Kentucky quilt trail groups and links to quilt trails across the country.
Kentucky’s “Where I’m From”: A Poetry of Place is a project that encourages Kentuckians to celebrate place and identity using Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From” for inspiration
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