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Declared the “Year of the Woman,” 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the United States’ 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects women’s constitutional right to vote. The Kentucky Artisan Center celebrates the Year of the Woman with the exhibit “Women of Influence.”

This exhibit showcases works by sixteen Kentucky artists who have created new works that honor and are inspired by women of influence throughout history. The exhibit joins many other efforts across the country to ensure that the stories of the women who changed history are shared and celebrated.

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State arts leaders gathered Feb. 21 for Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual celebration of the Commonwealth’s arts community and the vital roles it plays in the state’s livelihood.

The day is also an opportunity for arts leaders to thank members of the Kentucky General Assembly for their continued support of arts funding through the Kentucky Arts Council.

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The Paramount Arts Center is proud to announce that the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, Bandstand, will play January 7th at 7:30pm.

Originally directed and choreographed by three-time Tony winner and Hamilton choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler, featuring music by Richard Oberacker with book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, this poignant and inspiring new American musical explodes with infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing.

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Five Kentuckians and four Kentucky organizations will receive the state’s top honors in the arts on Sept. 10 in Frankfort when Gov. Matt Bevin presents the 2018-19 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts recognize individuals and organizations making extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky. Awards go to artists, arts organizations, art critics, volunteers, schools, educators, local governments, elected officials and corporate citizens.

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The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Kentucky Crafted program through Aug. 15.

The adjudicated arts marketing program provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through networking, promotional and sales opportunities and arts business training. Carrying the Kentucky Crafted brand is a symbol of artistic excellence in the Commonwealth. Artists who use the brand have been adjudicated by an independent panel of professional artists and leaders within the arts community.

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Award-winning writer Jeff Worley of Lexington has been appointed 2019-2020 Kentucky Poet Laureate, Gov. Matt Bevin announced on March 27.

Worley will be inducted as the next state poet laureate as part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Writers’ Day celebration, 10 a.m. April 24 at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, 300 Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort.

“I’m grateful for the recognition and I’m very eager to spread the gospel of poetry around the state,” Worley said.

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Showcasing quilts from artists across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announced its latest exhibit, The Great Kentucky Cover Up, on display now through May 6, 2019 at the Center. The exhibit features work from artists Glenna Blakely, of Harlan, Brenda Plaster, of Lawrenceburg, Janet Serrenho of Lexington, and Karen Witt of Lexington.

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Karen Lanier is digital project manager for the International Museum of the Horse and its education initiative the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, a position she credits in part to her participation in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Community Scholars program.

Lanier was one of 13 trainees of the Community Scholars program in Lexington. The Community Scholars program trains members of a community in documentation, interpretation and dissemination of their unique local cultural resources and traditional art forms.

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Visitors to the Kentucky Arts Council’s two-day Kentucky Crafted Market will be treated to the sounds of 13 of the best and most diverse musical acts in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Stage adds a music festival atmosphere to the annual event that features dozens of Kentucky Crafted artists during The Market’s public hours March 16-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Lexington.

Each performing artist on the Kentucky Stage is a participant in the arts council’s adjudicated Performing Artists Directory.

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The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling folk and traditional arts exhibit, Makings of a Master, will be in Mason County through Feb. 27.

The exhibit is at Mason County Public Library, 218 E. Third St. in Maysville. Library hours are Monday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The library is closed Sunday.

“Makings of a Master” consists of interpretive panels displaying photos and quotes, along with a push-button video display.

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The Kentucky Arts Council and arts organizations from across the state will celebrate Arts Day in Kentucky, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22 on the Capitol Mezzanine, 700 Capital Ave. in Frankfort.

The arts council hosts Arts Day each year during the legislative session to bring awareness to the many roles the arts play in the Commonwealth. Arts leaders, artists, the general public and other supporters of the arts gather to celebrate the arts and the creative industry, and recognize the Kentucky General Assembly for its continued support of the arts.

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The Kentucky Crafted Market, the Kentucky Arts Council’s showcase event featuring the best art and craft in the Commonwealth, will be back in Lexington, March 15-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.

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The Kentucky Veteran Project, an art exhibit sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council, will begin its yearlong tour of Kentucky beginning Dec. 11 at Gallery on the Square in Franklin.

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The artwork of 41 artists, along with members of one American Legion post, has been selected for a Kentucky Arts Council exhibit that highlights the artwork of military veterans and their families.

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The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting nominations for Kentucky Poet Laureate. The next poet laureate will serve for two years starting in 2019, succeeding current Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock, who has served since 2017.

The state poet laureate is appointed biennially by the Governor to promote the literary arts in Kentucky through readings and public presentations at meetings, seminars, conferences and events, including Kentucky Writers’ Day.

The arts council coordinates the nomination and selection process for recommendation to the governor.

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JoAnna Oldfield and James Moore practiced together for about two years before starting to perform live in May 2016. That perseverance paid off for the Americana duo, known as JOANNA~JAMES, as they became one of four Americana music acts adjudicated into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory.

Views From The Edge

The Kentucky Arts Council’s celebration of Kentucky Writers’ Day April 24 at Louisville’s Spalding University will cap off a week of literary events around the state that recognize the Commonwealth’s literary tradition.

The Kentucky General Assembly established Kentucky Writers’ Day in 1990 to honor Kentucky’s strong literary tradition and to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United States and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes.

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The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea salutes photographer Mary S. Rezny as the creator of the Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts, given to eleven Kentucky Governor’s Awards recipients at a recent ceremony in Frankfort.

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts are the Commonwealth’s highest honors in the arts, recognizing individuals, organizations and businesses that have made extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky.


The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until Feb. 15 for the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant. This $3,000 grant helps master folk artists teach the skills, practices and culture of Kentucky's living traditional arts to less experienced artists who are part of the same community.

Master artists and apprentices must apply together and both be residents of Kentucky. A master artist can practice any traditional art form (music, dance, craft, ceremonial art, storytelling, etc.) learned in his or her community.

Emerging Arts Leaders of Eastern Kentucky

Emerging Arts Leaders of Eastern Kentucky is hosting a “Restore KY Arts Funding Arts Advocacy Event” at CoffeeTree Books on Wednesday Feb 7 from 4 - 6 pm. 

The free and open to the public event will include speakers, opportunities to write and/or call state representatives, and a social media station. 

Lori Meadows, former Executive Director of the Kentucky Arts Council, will be one of the event speakers scheduled between 4:00 – 5:00 pm, as well as Matt Collinsworth, Executive Director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center and Ashley Gilliam, Rowan County Arts Center Director. 

Trent Altman

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announces its third exhibit introducing two new artists in, “Reveal: David Stratton and Trent Altman.” This exhibit will open Jan. 13 and continue through April 30, 2018, in the lobby of the center. Both artists work in large two-dimensional formats.

The Amplifier

Gov. Matt Bevin has selected six individuals and five organizations whose contributions have raised the level of quality and awareness of the arts in the state as recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

This year’s awards include two new categories. The Emerging Artist award recognizes up-and-coming artists from the Commonwealth, and the Youth Artist award honors a student artist for outstanding achievement.

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The Kentucky Arts Council will host the fourth annual Creative Industry Summit, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Morehead Conference Center, 111 E. First St. in Morehead.

Since the inaugural Summit in 2014, the gathering has become the largest training opportunity for artists, arts advocates and business and civic leaders in the state.

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Six Kentucky artists have been awarded $7,500 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council for exemplifying excellence in their respective creative disciplines.

The prestigious award, named in honor of former arts council board chair and Kentucky journalist Al Smith, recognizes professional artists who have reached a high level of achievement in their careers.

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Seven Kentucky master artists have been awarded Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants from the Kentucky Arts Council.

The Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant provides $3,000 to a Kentucky master folk or traditional artist to teach skills, practices and culture to a less experienced artist from the same community during the course of a year.

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The Southeast Tourism Society has named Kentucky Crafted: The Market one of its Top 20 Events in the Southeast for April 2017.

Produced each spring by the Kentucky Arts Council, this year’s Market is April 21-23 at Lexington Convention Center. The event is in its 35th year. The society’s Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Northern Kentucky Tribune

Work by 29 Kentucky artists will hang in Frankfort for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit, an annual initiative coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council.

This exhibit is on display through May 8 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Ave. in Frankfort.

Celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day Across Kentucky

Apr 3, 2017
The Odyssey Online

The Kentucky Writers’ Day Celebration is May 1, and for Kentuckians who can’t travel to Frankfort for the celebration, the Kentucky Arts Council provides a planning guide for recognizing Writers’ Day in their own communities.

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Kentucky students are much more media literate than they are given credit for, said Bighill media artist Bob Martin. Martin is a teaching artist in the media arts category in the Kentucky Arts Council’s adjudicated Teaching Artists Directory.

“They want to be witnessed. They have a lot to offer regarding how they see our society,” Martin said. “Just about every young person has a camera in their pocket. Storytelling through social media is a wonderful opportunity to engage them.”

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Kentucky master woodworker Terry Ratliff, of Martin, will demonstrate his craft at 6 p.m., April 13, at Lawrence County Public Library.

The program is part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Makings of a Master” traveling exhibit, which will be in Louisa through May 31. The library is at 102 W. Main St. in Louisa.

“Makings of a Master” contains seven display cases housing a variety of musical instruments, tools and artworks made by master tradition bearers, interpretive panels, display photos and quotes, along with a push-button video display.