Kentucky On Stage

The Kentucky Arts Council presents
Kentucky On Stage!

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

(all times Eastern)
9:30 a.m. Registration
10-11:30 a.m. Training workshops
1-5 p.m. Performance showcase

William Stamps Farish Theater
Lexington Public Library
140 E. Main St.
Lexington, Ky.

Who should attend?

Anyone looking for a performing artist for an event or a season of performances, including performing arts presenters, librarians, festival organizers, park directors, Main Street managers, civic organization leaders, wedding and event planners, college and university activity board members and you!

What does it cost?

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.

What's happening at Kentucky On Stage?

9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Registration

10 a.m.–noon Workshops


10–11:30 a.m.

Session 1, Someone's playing music in the library: Finding the money, exploring grants, fundraising and partnerships (CE credit available)
Are you looking for ways to expand your programming? Would you like to host special events? Is it time to ratchet up your partnerships? It takes time, energy and communication. In this session, you will learn some introductory skills that will assist you in finding friends, exploring grant possibilities and attracting funders.

Workshop leader: Judith Gibbons, adjunct faculty, University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science

Session 2, What's the 411? Building your audience with social media
Are you trying to reach new audiences on Facebook, Twitter and other social media? Looking for an opportunity to reach out to a younger audience of social media devotees? In this session, you will learn the basics of employing social media to get the word out about your season and upcoming events. Get tips on how to post, when to post, and what to say in your post.

Workshop leader: Sally Warfield, social media specialist, Kentucky Historical Society

Session 3, Cooperative performances: Interlibrary partnerships
Learn how you can lower your expenses, share information and marketing ideas, and provide quality music, dance, theater and storytelling for your community through cooperative booking.

Workshop leaders: Heather Prichard, reference librarian, Lexington Public Library—Tates Creek branch; Les Lehman, adult programming coordinator, Jessamine County Public Library

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1–2:45 p.m. Showcase block 1
Bob & Susie Hutchison, music, traditional Appalachian and Celtic
Hong Shao, music, traditional Chinese
Joe Hudson, music, thumbpicking guitar
Dale Pyatt, music, original country
Lexington Children's Theatre, theater
TDH4, music, jazz/blues/originals

2:45–3 p.m. Exhibit room break
Talk with the showcase performers and learn more about what they have to offer you.

3–5 p.m. Showcase block 2
Squallis Puppeteers, theater, puppets
Octavia Sexton, storyteller, Appalachian folktales and personal stories
A Girl Named Earl, music, singer/songwriter
Diana Dinicola, dance, flamenco
Art Mize, music, string band/jazz/bluegrass
The Mark Whitley Band, music, Americana

For more information, contact Tamara Coffey at or
502-564-8110 ext. 479, or toll-free at 888-833-2787.


Kentucky Arts Council