Constance Alexander

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Murray-Calloway County Endowment for Health Care will use an Arts Access Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council to support hands-on arts experiences over the next year. The project is entitled “Hope & Glory: The Art of Inclusion.” Award-winning writer Constance Alexander, Murray Art Guild Executive Director Debi Danielson and Murray State University Professor Nicole Hand speak with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good on how arts-related programming and community outreach will celebrate adults with disabilities and increase awareness of their contributions to the community’s well-being.

Celebrate Women Luncheon, via Facebook

Monday is the 28th Annual Celebrate Women Luncheon recognizing efforts and accomplishments of women affiliated with Murray State University. Constance Alexander says she's been involved in the luncheon since she moved to Murray in 1988. This year, through a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, she's sharing writing from women's and LGBTQ groups, and reads some of the poems on Sounds Good

Jenni Todd, WKMS

Murray author Constance Alexander holds a reading this Sunday at 2 p.m. at Calloway County Public Library, titled "Old, New, Borrowed & Blue" featuring a variety of work, including new material on her recent project with the elderly and caregiving and her book of poetry "64 Blue Letters," about a high school yearbook in the year 1964. Alexander stops by Sounds Good to preview some of her work ahead of the reading.

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Constance Alexander facilitates a Murray Calloway Endowment for Health Care public forum for patients and caregivers Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Calloway County Public Library. The featured speaker is attorney Chip Adams and Murray Calloway Hospital Chaplain Kerry Lambert preview a helpful book addressing the decision to use nursing home care and speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the emotional dilemmas involved.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

'Have a good summer! Love ya! Stay as sweet as you are! Don't ever change!' These are some of the messages that have appeared in high school yearbooks for decades. While much has changed since 1964, much of the fundamental high school experience are more or less the same. Playwright, author, teacher, former business executive Constance Alexander joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to read from her book of poems 64 Blue Letters, recalling a high school yearbook in verse.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

This Sunday, Calloway County Library and the Murray-Calloway Endowment for Health Care present a community read of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Constance Alexander and Sandy Linn join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview of the event, insight into the grant funding an effort to focus on the needs of the elderly and their caregivers through the arts and their impressions of the book.

Working with an Arts Access Grant titled "The Art of Caregiving" from the Kentucky Arts Council, Murray author Constance Alexander is coordinating collaborators across arts agencies and healthcare providers in a positive community conversation about patients and caregivers at the end of life. There's a public forum at the Calloway County Public Library at 710 Main Street in Murray, Thursday starting at 7 p.m. Alexander's commentary relates to these community activities focusing on a new support group in Murray.

This morning, two west Kentuckians received 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts. On Tuesday, we spoke with Michael Cochran, director of the Market House Theatre of Paducah, which received the Community Arts Award. On Sounds Good, we learn about the work of Murray writer and educator Constance Alexander, who received the Media Award. 

Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council has honored an area theater and a writer with  Governor's Awards in the Arts.

How Community Groups Can Book Speakers for Events

Aug 7, 2013

Kate Lochte speaks with Constance Alexander, Kentucky Humanities Council presenter and Murray State TQI Faculty Scholar and poet, on how community groups can book speakers for events. They talk about the Kentucky Humanities Council and how Constance became involved and one of her topics, "Connecting People and Place," about the people who used to live in and around what is now the general LBL area. They also talk about memories of WWII and its impact on society.