Art Education to Have New Assessment Policy

Art education policies are a major topic at this weekend’s annual conference Kentucky Art Education Association in Lexington.. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Last spring, the state legislature passed Senate Bill 1, which changed reforms enacted with the Kentucky Education Reform Act; it scrapped the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System or CATS. Now, arts teachers are looking […]

Congressman Complains about Art in San Francisco

Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield recently signed a letter to the National Endowment for the Arts complaining about the work of arts groups it had funded. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Whitfield of Hopkinsville signed the letter along with 49 other Republican congressman that objected to funding staff salaries of three San Francisco arts groups they […]

The Interplay of Art and Spirituality

Art has the ability to move us to tears, laughter, anger, joy. For many people experiencing art, as an artist or a patron, is a spiritual experience. And as anyone who has visited a place of worship knows, art is everywhere in the observance of faith. What is it about art that touches our spirit?

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Artists and Art Fairs Adjust to the Economy

Art fairs signify the change of seasons for some in this region. The St. James Court Art Fair heralds the arrival of fall, and the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair signifies spring. But the recession is affecting those who run these fairs and the artists who participate. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Stevie Finn is working on […]

Green Design Topic of Exhibit, Forum

The Speed Art Museum has opened a new exhibit that coincides with a public forum about ecology and design. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. “4 Salvaged Boxes” is the exhibit that was designed by wHY Architecture. The firm designed the Grand Rapids Art Museum, which was the world’s first new art museum building certified as energy […]

The Role of Art in Healing

The idea that art can play a role healing shouldn’t be all that surprising. Any caregiver who’s ever put crayons in front a sad or hurt kid understands there’s something soothing about creativity. For some, it’s easier to express frightening thoughts about illness or injury through art than in words. For others, art becomes a refuge – something to immerse yourself in so you forget your physical problems. Listen to the Show

Arts and Healing Program Presents Speaker

The Kentucky Center has launched a new arts and healing program that’s bringing a leader in arts and health care to speak there tomorrow. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Jill Sonkee is the co-founder and director of a center for the arts in healthcare at the University of Florida. And she’ll speak about her experiences and […]

'Wild Blessings': Wendell Berry's Passions Reframed

LISTEN TO THE STORY Wendell Berry, the Kentucky-based agrarian philosopher, has been described as our era’s heir to Emerson and Thoreau — a writer concerned with the importance of community, and with the lessons we can learn from the natural world. Now, the Actors Theatre of Louisville is putting his ideas on stage. There were […]

Sign Design Important to Cities, Says Designer

More cities are investing in directional signage and some companies are refining how they label products. An expert on the subject speaks Thursday in Louisville. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Joel Katz is a designer speaking at U of L’s Cressman Center for Visual Art, and consults cities and companies on information design and direction or […]

Visual Art Association Celebrates Centennial

One hundred years ago, a group of Louisvillians launched what has become the city’s oldest arts organization. Now, it’s celebrating its founding. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. The Louisville Visual Art Association started out with an exhibition in 1909. On Tuesday it kicks off a year-long celebration. It includes an exhibit from the association’s Children’s Free […]