Kentucky Arts Council

A national measurement of arts and culture's impact on the economics of our country is welcome news for the Kentucky Arts Council whose grants impact so many of our communities and artists in western Kentucky. Kate Lochte speaks with KAC Communications Director Emily Moses about the new research and what it means for Kentucky. 

Madisonville and Bowling Green are hosting "Uncommon Wealth," a traveling exhibit of work by Kentucky Artists who have received the Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship over its 30 year history. Brad Downall, Director of the Glema Center at Madisonville Community College, speaks with Kate about the exhibit on Sounds Good.

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With the holidays approaching, the Kentucky Arts Council is launching its annual online campaign to promote Kentucky retailers and homemade crafts.

The Give a Gift from Kentucky campaign provides information about special events, promotions and discounts from artists and retailers.

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Jul 17, 2013
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  Twenty-One Western Kentucky Arts and Cultural organizations are recipients of more than $344,000  in state grants from the Kentucky Arts Council. The council awarded nearly two million dollars statewide through the annual Kentucky Arts Partnership grant program.

Kentucky Crafted is a directory of visual and craft, architectural, performing, and teaching artists, all of them full-time Kentucky residents. Members of the juried program may also participate in Kentucked Crafted: The Market, a three-day exhibition held each spring in Lexington.

The chairman of Kentucky’s Arts Council board has been elected to a three-year term on the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies board of directors. The KAC says Todd Lowe of Louisville has been on the state board since 2005. He is president and founder of the investment advisory firm Parthenon LLC. Lowe says he intends to work with the board to preserve and strengthen the state art agencies' impact. Lowe has experience as a professional musician, including performing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Rich Little Orchestra and Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.

Kentucky artists will see some of their best sales over the next few months.  October is a busy month for fall arts and crafts festivals.  Then, the holiday shopping season begins in November.  The Kentucky Arts Council is offering marketing advice to artists in a series of workshops.  For example, Executive Director Lori Meadows says artists should create and maintain relationships with potential buyers. She says,

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications from craft and visual artists who would like to be part of the Kentucky Crafted Program through Aug. 15.

The Kentucky Arts Council (KAP) has awarded just over $188,000 to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in our area. 

Afternoon Round-Up 7/6/12

Jul 6, 2012